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