How do we create change in cities?

Endless workshops, planning meetings, community engagement and post-its?
Probably not.
Test Unit is a summer school & events programme that aims to turn talk into action by prototyping ideas in public space.

2017 Theme: Occupying the Post-Industrial City | 18th-24th June

Summer School 18-24 June
Facilitators and Units

Elie Lakin, Jason Bruges Studio
Responsive Lighting:
Using light and technologies as a tool to change perceptions and engagement with public space.

Amica Dall, Assemble
Spatial Occupation:
Modular work & living space, self build practices and ‘bottom-up’ development.

Lee Ivett, Baxendale
Urban Bothy:
Exploring micro tourism, urban dwellings and occupation of urban space.

Neil McGuire, A Feral Studio
Façades and communicative architecture:
Making buildings and sites more communicative through design.

Valentina Karga
Building Collaborative Economies:
New forms of industry and alternative models to develop inclusive growth.

To find out more about this years summer school download our information pack here


Featuring Test Unit 2017’s five facilitators who’ll be sharing their individual practice and the ‘prototypes-in-progress’ at this mid-way point. They’ll be joined by other leading cultural innovators exploring the central theme of ‘Occupying the Post-Industrial City’.

Speakers on the night:
Ainslie Roddick, CCA Glasgow
Angus Farquhar, NVA
David Cook, West Ward Works
Kat Loudon, Design by Zag
Chris Leslie, photographer
Elie Lakin, Jason Bruges Studio
Amica Dall, Assemble
Valentina Karga

SYMPOSIUM – Tickets available here
10am – late

Panel discussion:
Eva de Klerk, NDSM, Amsterdam
Simon Sharkey, National Theatre of Scotland
Hannah Lambert, London Legacy Development Corporation
Jean-Baptiste Roussat, Les Grands Voisins, Paris

Breakout discussion groups with Test Unit 2017 – art, design and architecture summer school facilitators.

Closing session with Ethel Baraona Pohl & César Reyes Nájera, DPR-barcelona

Turncoats Debate: Pop Up? Piss Off!
Tickets are free but must be reserved here

Diarmaid Lawlor, Architecture & Design Scotland
Penny Lewis, Univeristy of Dundee
Jonathan Charley, University of Strathclyde
Phineas Harper, Architecture Foundation

Chaired by Ambrose Gillick, BAXENDALE


Workshops & events on Phoenix Nursery site & in Civic House.
All workshops on Saturday are free to attend and open to everyone!

Places on some workshops are limited so booking essential: http://testunit2017symposium.bpt.me/


SubCrawl with Dress for the Weather
Explore Glasgow’s post-industrial architecture with a subway tour
Departing from and returning to Civic House.
This tour involves travel on the subway so please grab yourself a day pass ticket at the beginning and please come prepared!
11am – 2pm

CNC and open source architecture workshop with Akiko Kobayashii in partnership Flux Laser & CNC Studio
Design & digitally fabricate a collection of outdoor furniture that will be showcased on the Phoenix Nursery site.
11am – 5pm


Publication workshop with Risotto & DPR-barcelona
These two studios are coming together to design, produce and print a publication in a day. The publication will be a summary of the Test Unit process and the work produced throughout the week. HOT OFF THE PRESS 6pm

‘Facades: Not Everything is as it First Appears’ with Recoat
Create art objects that interact with the interventions from the Test Unit Summer School
2pm – 4pm

Urban Furniture workshop with Glasgow Tool Library
A live build session with GTL to build outdoor urban furniture with recycled materials.
11am – 1.30pm and 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Test Unit group activities.
Discussions, talks and demos showing the prototypes designed and built throughout the week.
2 – 6pm

Food and drinks available throughout

Download the full symposium programme

Test Unit is conceived and developed by TAKTAL & Agile City
in partnership with A Feral Studio & BAXENDALE.

Kindly supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces programme, igloo regeneration, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Life, Scottish Canals, Scottish Enterprise, RISOTTO, FLUX Laser & CNC Studio, Williams Bros. Brewing Company, Mike Stoane Lighting, Land Engineering and Edinburgh Tool Library.