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Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri (Febrik)

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Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors, Creative Refuge. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What is Febrik? Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri (RC/MH/JJ): Febrik is a not-for-profit collaborative platform for participatory art and design research projects with practicing architects, designers, and artists active in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Febrik’s main area of concern lies in the dynamics and practices of ...

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Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri (Febrik)

 

Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri set up Febrik, a partnership set up by  in collaboration with local partners and creative networks. Febrik is a not-for-profit collaborative platform for participatory art and design research projects with practicing architects, designers and artists active in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Febrik’s main area of concern lies in the dynamics and practices of public spaces in relation to social and urban change; in specific in relation to negotiations of right of space for previously unrepresented groups such as children and women and often in spaces of refuge or social tension. We focus on the use of art-and-design-based research methodologies and processes (architecture/ art/ film/ photography/ text) to enhance community engagement and action and to develop propositional thinking with regards to the immediate social and physical environment. Febrik approach projects by thinking creatively in small scale and within existing resources. Through a process of local engagement and research, educational workshops and process lead design, the methodology facilitates site and community specific dialogue and knowledge, the exchange of skills and ideas with local partners and the development of participatory tools for proposition. These include short and long term site-specific programmatic and spatial interventions such as publications, public events, installations and public structures and spaces.