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What is Street Training

Submitted by admin on Thu, 2007-01-11 15:07
Greer Heels

Street Training is
Being aware of the effects our thoughts and behaviour have on our surroundings and making use of this knowledge.

It's all and any of the joyful, funny, poetic, challenging things people do as we move through the streets. Every one does something over and above just walking down the street with their walking-down -the -street face on, going shopping and going to work. These things slip through the cracks in most big cities but the personal playful, joyful, subversive things we do make a difference to us, to other people and to places.

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Alison Rooke BA, PHD lecturer and researcher at Goldsmiths praises Street Training

Submitted by Lottie on Mon, 2014-04-21 11:49

After some group discussion, the young people took us out on to the estate to teach us some ways to be playful and joyful, such as climbing on roofs, squeezing through railings, jumping over fences, jumping over bollards, balancing. They also hosted a tea party in their den under a tree. . As my colleague Aida reflected afterwards, this was quite an unusual way of presenting a project. During the walk we were invited to explore the city physically, bodily and performatively. We were encouraged to behave, as adults are not supposed to.

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Professor Jane Rendell BA (Hons), Dip Arch, MSc, PhD is Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett, UCL praises Street Training

Submitted by Lottie on Mon, 2014-04-21 11:48

In Lottie’s work I liked the word ‘bravery’, I think this is brave work because I would be very nervous to attempt any of the sort of moves that we saw at the end, as she described, ‘eloquent moves’, just amazing stuff. But it is also possible to think in her work of the body as a drawing tool, as a way of recording space but also intervening and critiquing space, as a critical tool. I thought this was really refreshing and really exciting in the way that she is working. Very gentle in a way but also potentially really, really challenging.

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Tim Gill, 2008 author of No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society, formerly director of Play England praises Street Training

Submitted by Lottie on Mon, 2014-04-21 11:47

“Jacobs’ paradigmatic ‘place of socialization’ is the busy, lively sidewalk of a downtown city street – as poetically described in ‘the ballet of Hudson Street’ a much-anthologized lyrical evocation of her own neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan. By hilights, the secluded, largely unpopulated spaces within Sceaux Gardens would seem desperately unstimulating. Yet by comparison with what is on offer to many of London’s children, the young residents of Sceaux Gardens are well provided for.

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Vincenzo Ruggiero, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Crime and Conflict Research Centre, Middlesex University, UK. praises Street Training

Submitted by Lottie on Mon, 2014-04-21 11:45

“Play-fighting, sliding down handrails or running up down escalators are among other acts epitomising less leisure, which is ‘part of the cycle of productive behaviour’, than pure ‘glorious waste’. Street Training provides manuals containing a wide variety of advice on how to be safe and joyful on the streets. Polemically, it responds to the notion that unless young people are engaged in structured activities or acting as mini consumers, they may cause trouble.

Gothenburg here we Come!

Submitted by Lottie on Wed, 2014-01-22 12:05

Street Training Goes back to Sweden! We have been invited to talk and perhaps play with the MA in Child Culture design at the University of Gothenburg. A lot has happened on the streets since we were invited to take part in a series of talks at the Royal College of Art in Stockholm 2004.

August 28th and 30th Museum of London - Procession of Play

Submitted by Lottie on Fri, 2013-06-14 20:37

Children from Golden Lane Community centre and their families will be demonstrating how to (mis)use the museum for play. How accessible is the museum for children and how ok is it to run your arm along the smooth, wide handrails, pull faces against the glass partitions and roll on the floor? Freedom to follow playful desires and push the limits of museum behaviour will be unleashed upon everyone in the museum all day on the 29th and 30th August.

ICA Street Training for Fourth Plinth Exhibition Saturday 19th January

Submitted by Lottie on Tue, 2013-01-08 22:15

A touring talk for the ICA Fourth Plinth Exhibition Street Training will take you all over the public art in the area local to the ICA. BE THE PUBLIC ART YOU WANT TO SEE.
http://www.ica.org.uk/35205/Exhibitions/Fourth-Plinth-Contemporary-Monum...

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A Shout in the Street

Submitted by Lottie on Sun, 2012-07-01 20:52

“A shout in the street” – Street Training

Part of Moving Forest AKA The Castle http://movingforest.net/

Bankers! WE take up your space. TODAY WE PLAY HERE – taking back resources that have been incorrectly assigned to you!

Whitechapel Map

Submitted by Lottie on Thu, 2012-03-08 21:45

New map of play in and around Whitechapel, children are making the streets more creative and lively and even a few adults have been spotted having fun. Go to

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