Urban Summer School: Open Form (Lublin, Warsaw, Szumin)

Urban Summer School: Open Form (Lublin, Warsaw, Szumin). Deadline: May 7

Summer Program
August 26, 2018 to September 8, 2018
Subject Fields:
Urban History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Social History / Studies

When: 26 August - 08 September 2018
Where: Lublin, Warsaw, Szumin
Application deadline: May 7, 2018

[Call for Application]

Open Form

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.

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 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:

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

Working language is English.

Eligibility Criteria

We welcome students, researchers and young professionals operating in the fields of architecture, urban planning, art and design, as well as representatives of other areas of humanities (history, sociology, fine arts, anthropology, and more). Recruitment Regulations are available at www.uss.niaiu.pl. We will invite 15 successful candidates to participate in the Urban Summer School.

Application includes:

1. Application form

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 documents should be submitted in English.
Participation in the school is free of charge.

Organizers will cover travel expenses (for participants from beyond Poland, those shall not exceed EUR 200), accommodation and catering for the participants.


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
Center for Urban History of East Central Europe
Partners: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, City of Lublin
Financed from public funds at the disposal of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage

This school continues the line of Urban Summer Schools organized by the Center for Urban History. Information about previous ones: Novy Lviv (2015), Slavutych (2016), Sykhiv (2017).

Contact Email: urbansummerschool@niaiu.pl
URL: http://niaiu.pl/en/uss-en/

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