About the conference
The First Conference of the School of the City
The School of the City conference began with forty foldable chairs.
Forty chairs – from designer Yaakov Kaufman’s folding chairs collection – were sent during the lockdown to homes of forty participants, for a period of one month.
Participants were invited to follow a personal trajectory and process, while seated on the chair. We invited them to embark on a personal study- journey – each with their own interests and methodologies – while connected through an invisible network to all other participants.
The conference sums up the first three years of operation and research in the School of the City at the Lieblineg Haus. It is an opportunity for us to open our door and present to the public the knowledge, ideas and methods we developed.
For us, the city is a learning environment. In the city we learn by active, spontaneous, sensorial research. We are developing pedagogy that is not shut inside schools and academies, but that lives in the city and in life.
Pedagogy of space and place, Pedagogy that is not disciplinary. Pedagogy that binds together knowledge, experimentation and craft. Pedagogy that is not based on an hierarchical division between a teacher who holds the knowledge, and student who receives it – but assumes that between the two there is an ongoing exchange and mutual rendering of ideas. Pedagogy that recognizes plural forms of studying from- and studying with-. Pedagogy in which each one finds and developes their passion and curiosity.
We propose ‘Learning-movement’ as a quintessential term in this pedagogy. A Learning-movement is an attitude; it is formed by experience, conversation, observation and imagination – instances in which learning occurs, and knowledge is formed. Learning is something that can happen at any place and at any time – it is a matter of intention, attention and conditions. The Learning-movement is a call to rethink the act of learning, a proposition for action and transformation.
The Kaufmann collection includes dozens of foldable chairs, collected by designer Yaakov Kaufman in the last 30 years. The chairs were used by him as learning aids in his foldable chair design course in the Bezalel academy.
School of the city
The School of the City at the Liebling Haus is where we think and develop concepts and practices regarding the city's potential as a learning space. The urban environment is where we learn from each other, sharing knowledge, ideas, thoughts, skills, and experience. The city is not a place we take for granted, but an accessible platform for public discussion, prompting citizens to interpret their surroundings from an aesthetic point of view through experience and action.
The school suggests art, performance, design, and architecture are practices of observation and exploration of our living space and formulates pedagogy derived from them. That is how we study teaching approaches that are inseparable from the discussion about the city and offer a language of contemplation and meaning-making.
The School of the City develops and runs education programs in cooperation with the Education Administration of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality. The programs focus on the city and urban life through art, crafts, design, and architecture. Written and taught by our team of educators, artists, designers, and architects, the program has been active in schools throughout the city (eastern and southern neighborhoods, city center, Jaffa, and Ramat Aviv) since 2017.
Curated by Eran Eizenhamer, Maayan Mozes and Ana Wild