Stories & Projects

Summer Workshop in Træna


The workshop in Træna gathered students from New York and Scandinavia to work together on concrete design issues between the urban and the "un-urban." It was a  collaboration between the School of Visual Arts (New York), Umeå School of Architecture (Sweden), the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Norway), the Norwegian Centre for Design & Architecture, the  Municipality of Træna, and the  Træna Artist in Residence program.

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. 

Traena 2 

  • About Stories & Projects

    The Stories & Projects section is a space for brief updates about the activities at Umeå School of Architecture: notes from on-going projects, links to articles in media, summaries from public lectures, reports on different collaborations. Click on the titles to see each full story.