Summer School - Practice & Theory of Sustainable and Social Architecture, Portugal


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February 29, 2016

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In 2016, in the frame of the Actors of Urban Change programme, Critical Concrete will hold an innovative Architecture Summer School in Porto, both practical and theoretical, in the neighborhood of Bonfim. In collaboration with the Junta de Freguesia do Bonfim, students and teachers will rehabilitate houses that will be included in the social housing programme Habitar.

In 2015 Critical Concrete was founded with the ambition of promoting a new model: the refurbishment of abandoned places for social housing and cultural initiatives through summer camp programs centered around sustainable architecture and art in context.

Thus, the newly created organisation aims to generate a cultural and social space in cohesion with a playground for architectural experimentation.

In the Summer Courses, we offer a completely unconventional and cutting edge program. We will work on innovative solutions for social housing, while simultaneously developing new working methods. Both students and young professionals will explore models of cooperative planning in interdisciplinary groups, design and build their projects, and engage with the surrounding communities.

Practice and theory of social and sustainable architecture

From 27/06 until 17/07/2016*, Critical Concrete will hold an innovative Architecture Summer School in Porto, both practical

and theoretical, in the neighborhood of Bonfim.

In collaboration with the Junta de Freguesia do Bonfim, students and teachers will rehabilitate houses that will be included in the

Partners (among others!) social housing programme Habitar.

Practical Workshops

Monitored by senior architects and designers, the students will build during the day, experimenting with the reality of a construction site that aims to be their conceptual playground. They will have the chance to discuss and argue the development of the building, through a participatory design process, and thus leave a tangible trace in their first construction experience.

The groups of 5-10 students work with one practical mentor on a project. Every week, groups switch mentors, so that each student has the chance to work with all of them.

Theoretical Workshops

Almost every late afternoon will be dedicated to discussions, lectures and presentations, screenings, complementing the practical activities. Some of these moments will be open to the public, and will have thus a chance to engage with the surrounding communities. This theoretical workshops will take then the form of public events, such as a cutting-edge summer movie programme, public lectures and discussions, so that the neighbourhood and visiting students can benefit from each other’s presence.

The students will enrich their experience, learn with experts in their fields and, similarly to a crowd funding campaign, finance the initial phase of an ambitious production space in Porto.

Courses’ Aims

This architecture summer school aims to:

  1. Participate in the refurbishment of three houses that will be under a social housing programme
  2. Collectively design and build. Participatory processes in social architecture
  3. Contribute to the neighbourhood’s cultural life, by opening our doors for some theoretical courses, evening and screenings
  4. Construct the basis for a new production space in Porto, playing with popular formats (summer screening, markets, balls, etc.)
  5. Development of high quality furnitures and architecture with a small budget and restricted time.
  6. Offer the students a new language of skills and techniques, both in community engagement and building strategies.
  7. Offer the students a supportive network for their future project and their promotion, opening new professional perspectives
  8. Offer a good mix of practical work, monitored by international and local mentors, and theoretical work, all this working in the frame of a social work engagement.

Dates

Option 1: 06/06 – 26/06/2016
Option 2: 27/06 – 17/07/2016
Option 3: 01/08 – 21/08/2016
Option 4: 29/08 – 18/09/2016

Following the inscription dynamic, we’ll ask for the better dates and differents options of each one of you, so to have at least 15 students in each Summer Camp.

Daily routine

The 132 hours summer course will consist of:

Monday – Tuesday

9 am – 4 pm: Practical workshops.

12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch (Vegetarian)

5 pm – 7 pm: Theoretical workshops.

Wednesday

10 am – 18 pm: Practical workshops.

1 pm – 2 pm: Lunch (Vegetarian)

Thursday – Friday

9 am – 4 pm: Practical workshops.

12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch (Vegetarian)

5 pm – 7 pm: Theoretical workshops.

Saturday and Sunday free, except the first Saturday that will be dedicated to an architectural city tour with Cultour.

The course will be held English.

Target Groups

  • Architecture and design professionals, graduates, students and PhD-students, engineers, makers, DIYers, builders, artists in their respective fields.
  • People who want to engage with the practice and learn how to build and meet people with inspiring background and know-how.
  • People who want to get a first experience in building with a theoretical input, so to start their own projects, with the support of our network.
  • In general, all people interested in sustainable construction and social engagement.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

There is no application fee, but places are limited. The earlier you apply the higher the chance to participate in the program.

Application requirements:

  • a full online application form
  • a comprehensive CV as PDF/Word/Openoffice document, maximum 2MB
  • if applicable, a portfolio of current practices, in PDF format containing links to online works, maximum 5MB
APPLICATION FORM

Once you get accepted, you’ll be asked to pay a security deposit of 500€ within two weeks to secure your place in the course.

FEE STRUCTURE

The fee for one the architecture program Practice & Theory of Sustainable and Social Architecture, for three weeks of courses and workshops, is:

  • 1200€ student price
  • 990€ early birds, applying before February 29th
  • 1500€ institutional price

This fee includes:
– the theoretical and practical courses
– the construction materials and availability of enough working tools. You’re also very welcome to bring your favorite cordless drills (and put your name on it)!!
– lunch from Monday to Friday (vegetarian)

We’re contemplating the possibility of offering some hosting within this fee. We will post updates regarding this in our website, Facebook page and blog soon.
Else, we’ll suggest cheap hostel situation around the working sites (10-15€/night) to the summer program’s students. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be 18 or older
  • You should have a strong interest, somehow demonstrable, in architecture, DIY culture, temporary architecture, social involvement.

 



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Publish Date
February 11, 2016
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