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.
The workshop consisted of two weeks of intense collaboration and
building, with one additional open week for public events,
including exposure to thousands of visitors at Trænafestivalen.
A mixed team of design, art, and architecture students worked
with a concrete challenge - defined and presented for the
participants by local community members. The problem presented by
the locals was site-specific and based primarily on local need and
conditions, but open to the unexpected contributions that students
from diverse backgrounds could bring. The project and process was
framed and focused as something relevant to many remote and
peripheral communities in Scandinavia.