OTP WORKSHOP 14th -16th November, Public Room, Skopje, Macedonia

Written byPUBLIC ROOM -12/11/2019

Idea behind the OTP workshop in Skopje is to work in mixed groups in design and production of mobile gardens that can be used by people with Down Syndrome disability to plant and grow herbs, vegetables etc. in a very urban areas of Skopje. Within three days of intensive work in miscellanies groups of characters, nationalities and professional backgrounds, it is expected to have at least 5 functional designs of mobile / portable gardens that will be produced in a period of 5 to 7 days after the workshop period by a professional carpenter. The produced mobile gardens will be filled in with soil, plants and herbs by the kids with Down syndrome and will be displayed on the festival Skopje Design Week 2019.

In order to come up with the right designs the organizers have engaged different profiles of professionals (defectologists, designers, carpenters, etc.) who will provide valuable information throughout the workshop to all groups so that the final results suit the needs of the project target group. 

Working language is English!


Thursday 14/11/2019

08.30 – 09.00 |  Coffee at Public Room

09.00 – 10.30 |  Welcome by Public Room, short introduction of the project and individual


10.30 – 11.30 |  Meeting Ivona Zdravevska and Elizabeta Jovanovska, introduction to the workshop and separating into project groups

11.30 – 12.00 |  Workshop time (online research, check what already exists in the world)

12.00 – 13.00 |  Lunch

13.00 – 16.00 |  Workshop time (put individual ideas on paper)

Friday 15/11/2019

08.30 – 09.00 |  Coffee at Public Room

09.00 – 12.00 |  Workshop time ( discussing the ideas )

12.00 – 13.00 |  Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 |  Workshop time ( developing the ideas into products )

Saturday 16/11/2019

08.30 – 09.00 |  Coffee at Public Room

09.00 – 12.00 |  Workshop time ( modeling and prototyping  )

12.00 – 13.00 |  Lunch

13.00 – 16.00 | Workshop time  ( modeling and prototyping ;  presentation of designs )


It is required for each participant to bring their laptop and smart phones to the workshops.

Other material (cardboards, pencils, markers, Stanly knifes etc.) will be provided by Public Room.

Macedonian participants will have obligation after 16th November to guide the production of the prototypes in close communication with Public Room team, group participants and the carpenter.

Main material to be used for production of mobile gardens is wood. However, to reach stability and firmness and mobility other metal and plastic parts can be used.

Mobile gardens will be exhibited at Skopje Design Week 2019, which will be held in the period 27. November – 01. December (www.ministryofpleasure.net)

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