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.
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.
This architecture summer school aims to:
Participate in the refurbishment of three houses that will be under a social housing programme
Collectively design and build. Participatory processes in social architecture
Contribute to the neighbourhood’s cultural life, by opening our doors for some theoretical courses, evening and screenings
Construct the basis for a new production space in Porto, playing with popular formats (summer screening, markets, balls, etc.)
Development of high quality furnitures and architecture with a small budget and restricted time.
Offer the students a new language of skills and techniques, both in community engagement and building strategies.
Offer the students a supportive network for their future project and their promotion, opening new professional perspectives
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
01/08 – 21/08/2016
*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.
Practice & Theory of Sustainable and Social Architecture | SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMME