5. How is the program structured?
TGS works every year with chosen themes individuated by its Collegium of Directors, the Experimental Research Bureau (more later) and TGS board of advisors. The themes also inform activities of the culture centre and thus public programming.
Each year commences in June with an opening season of cultural extravaganza, creative brainstorming and academic debate coinciding with the B/Side Design Festival, an initiative organized by TGS.
The two semesters are made of interwoven labs, classes and lectures, demonstrations, field work and on-site production to the delivery of specific projects/outputs at each year end. Such projects will be developed in groupwork and in a process of active professional exchange with different teams in TGS. Mentoring and advising sessions with noted professionals in relevant fields necessary to the incubation of the projects are arranged every month.
The knowledge areas that TSG is engaging in its first two years of operation are 7 and they are: Spatial Practice + Tangible Lab (architecture & urban practice + material studies and histories) – Craftworks & Narrative Spaces (grassroots heritage and material research) – Visual Scapes (graphics and visual systems) – Product Systems (integrated, digital, industrial, textile engineering) – DataDataData (interaction, data analysis, predictive analytics) – Impact Lab (social engagement, community building, urban curation) – Media (broadcasting, communication and production) with disciplinary metissage brought about with tutors and international networks that will range from the visual and cinematic arts, to theatre and music.
Each area program will be shaped in concert with the others, local and international tutorship from a variety of adjacent, complementary fields of study (economics, finance, social studies, engineering, literature, etc.) - these are a mainstay of TGS inclusive and radically collaborative programming.
The Global School: the other kind of education.