EDUCATION: Urban Summer School: Open Form. Lublin, Warsaw, Szumin: 26 August – 08 September 2018

Open Form is a concept that Zofia and Oskar Hansen have placed at the heart of their architectural, artistic and didactic work. According to this theory, architectural substance is the background for social relations, rather that the designer’s goal and an end in itself. The Hansens’ built projects were ahead of their time, in terms of thinking about participatory design, accessible housing, and public spaces. The expression of the Open Form is found in three different projects that will be visited by participants of  summer school: osiedle Słowackiego  in Lublin, Przyczółek Grochowski in Warsaw, and the architects’ home in Szumin. For ten days, these three locations will become a laboratory of experience and reflection.

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 school program is designed as a set of short courses, lectures, workshops and field-work in three theme-based studios. The structure of the school will be determined by the scales, which the designers themselves have used:

  • micro
  • meso
  • macroscale

They will be translated into the perspective of a flat, a housing estate, and a housing cooperative.

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 welcome.

More information and recruitment regulations are available at www.uss.niaiu.pl.

Application includes:

  1. Application form (Annex 1 to the Recruitment Regulations).
  2. CV (one A4 page).
  3. Motivation letter (one A4 page of maximum 1800 characters).
  4. Essay “Open Form: Flexibility of Space, Actions of People” (one A4 page of maximum 1800 characters).
    All documenst should be sumbitted in English.

Send your application to: urbansummerschool@niaiu.pl 

Deadline for sending applications: 07 May 2018. Announcement of the results: 19 May 2018.

For more details feel free to contact the program coordinator Kacper Kępiński at k.kepinski@niaiu.pl

Organized by: National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning, financed from public funds at the disposal of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage

In collaboration with: Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

Partners: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, City of Lublin

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