Stories & Projects

Summer Workshop in Barcelona


The workshop Exploring the Fence-world was held in Barcelona and gathered students from Umeå School of Architecture and visual artists from Barcelona. The students and artists worked together on the design of a socially conscious intervention in public space through the process of design, art and architecture. The workshop was a collaboration between the Umeå School of Architecture, El Centro de Enmedio (Barcelona) and La Virreina Centre de l'Imatge (Barcelona).

During July 2018, Umeå School of Architecture arranged summer workshops in Barcelona, London, Palermo, Træna and Umeå. The workshops were part of courses on both bachelor and master level and involved architecture students from Sweden and abroad.

This one-week workshop was based on two different types of classes: classroom sessions and practical workshops. The students looked at public space and explored the concept of fences, both as physical and as mental boundaries that control the way we move, experience and view the city.

In the classroom sessions, the students looked at different kinds of fences and some cultural experiences that displayed a new socially committed aesthetic. A type of creation that seeks to set up possible imaginaries and invent critical devices that can be used for socialisation and community building.

The practical exercises focused on the use of images, design and photography as a form of intervention in public space. Both the classroom sessions and the workshop sessions revolved around group dynamics, screenings of videos and the creation of a practical and collective project.

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