Urban Summer School, 26 August - 8 September 2018, Poland


May 07, 2018

Event Date:

August 26, 2018 - September 08, 2018

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Urban Summer School

Outline of the program, and the school’s principles

Participants in the Urban Summer School will be able to look at the architecture founded on humanistic concepts, which is currently used by the third generation of inhabitants. From a historical perspective, the position of the Open Form Theory and the Linear Continuous System will be outlined against the background of the ideas of the Modern Movement related to the architecture of housing estates and open areas. School participants will also look at the relationship between the interior of the home and its exterior – the housing estate, and the residential environment, more broadly defined. The structure of the school will be determined by the scales, which the designers themselves have used: the micro, meso and macroscale. They will be translated into the perspective of a flat, a housing estate, and a housing cooperative.

The participants will tackle the questions:

  • How does the open structure of the housing estate function, half a century from its construction?
  • What elements have been added, and how did the users themselves modify the Hansens’ projects?
  • How did the inhabitants use the opportunities for transforming space, resulting from the Open Form? Also, what aspects did not fit into the premises of the theory, and underwent reality check?
  • How do the users themselves evaluate the solutions proposed by the architects, 50 years later?
  • To what extent is it possible to design apartments accessible to the masses, in a way that addresses the individual needs of inhabitants?
  • What is the future of the late-modernist housing estates in the countries of Central Europe?

Working criteria for the Lublin Urban Summer School

The methodology of work has been developed by the Centre for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv, and it is based on experiences from the previous editions of the summer school (www.lvivcenter.org/en/summerschools). Thematic summer schools are conducive to expanding the participants’ knowledge, providing them with an opportunity to learn about the latest perspectives and research topics in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, in particular relating to the region’s cities. The summer schools are designed to stimulate the formation of a milieu of young researchers who share common scientific interests.

Interdisciplinary Character

Understood as horizontal learning from each other, as formulating questions together, instead of merely proving the formulated theses.

Action Research

A method, which requires that the subjects become researchers. The involved residents, employees of social institutions, activists and others who have knowledge about the local community or the notions that accompany the creation and subsequent transformation of housing estates are welcomed.

Thanks to these persons joining in, research becomes a common cause of various entities. The concept of the project was based on the assumption that the goal is change – rather than merely an objective diagnosis. The research has practical applications, mainly due to the fact that it is performed by practitioners cooperating with each other, and engaging the community at the stage of diagnosis.


The interest on the part of international authorities on the subject and the effect of joint research carried out in interdisciplinary groups, will provide a significant and substantive contribution to the discussion about the prospects for maintaining a good quality of life in 20th-century housing estates.


The program works in the actual space of housing estates, while respecting the privacy of their residents. In the course of the work building relationships with everyday users of the studied space, drawing from their knowledge and shared experience.


Students, researchers and young professionals operating in the field of architecture, urban planning, art and design, as well as representatives of other areas of humanities (history, sociology, fine arts, anthropology, and more) are welcomed. Recruitment Regulations are available at www.uss.niaiu.pl.

How to become a participant?

The rules of the recruitment process to join the project are set out in the Recruitment Regulations available on the website uss.niaiu.pl.

Applications for participation in the Urban Summer School are accepted in the form of email submissions to: urbansummerschool@niaiu.pl

To apply, please submit the following documents (collated in one three-page PDF file and online form:

  • Application form 
  • CV of the candidate (one A4 page)
  • Motivation letter, explaining your experiences and motivations to take part in the NIAIU Open Form Summer School – Lublin 2018 (one A4 page of maximum 1800 characters)
  • Essay “Open Form: Flexibility of Space, Actions of People” (one A4 page of maximum 1800 characters).

Participants will be selected by a recruitment committee, composed of representatives of the National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Centre for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv, and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Participation in the school is free of charge.
Organizers will cover travel expenses (for participants from beyond Ukraine, those shall not exceed EUR 200), accommodation and catering for the participants. The announcement of the results is on 19 May 2018. 15 successful candidates will be invited to participate in the Urban Summer School.

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Publish Date
April 17, 2018
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