|INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL «URBAN OUTCAST», August 8–21, 2010, Riga|
Today, twenty years after the re-establishment of independence from the Soviet Union, there still exist areas on the fringes of Riga, capital city of Latvia, that have to deal with the industrial, military, architectural and social consequences of the previous era. Bolderaja, a marginal wing of the city laying 14 kilometers downstream river Daugava from the city centre in the picturesque area on the Baltic coast has a challenging mixture of traditional urban pattern of a coastal settlement, remains of an unfinished fortress of the early 17th century – outpost of Riga, regular military campus structure of the beginning of the 19th century with evidence of the industrial sprawl of the following period and Soviet time large scale dwelling areas. Conflicting significances and dense cultural diversity has made Bolderaja obtain the identity of an urban outcast within the city. However, the history and the strategically significant location of the territory – near the mouth of river Daugava, just in two kilometers distance from the Gulf of Riga – calls for a careful examination and reformulation of its unique cultural identity and locus.
The Summer School is organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning and the International and Public Relations Department of Riga Technical University.
Riga Technical University is an internationally recognized university complying with European standards. At present it is one of the largest universities in the country and gathers nearly 16 000 students at eight faculties in various study programs. Riga Technical University is the only institution in Latvia providing higher education in architecture and urban planning at graduate and post-graduate levels. About 300 students are studying at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, which is active in carrying out scientific research activities as well.
Bolderaja challenges a significant shift towards a different perception of urban outcast phenomenon. Context of an urban outcast has the capacity of an exciting advantage to reveal previously unused layering of the city that can be used for future urban regeneration and reintegration of city parts. Multiple interpretations of global and local context can lead to a change of urban conditions in Bolderaja.
The Summer School “Urban Outcast” will be aimed to discuss urbanization and the 'non-places', social and economic issues, public space and urban identity aspects in the given marginal context and investigate possible strategic interventions. Within this framework, different directions and spatial scales of exploration will be transformed into practical workshop activities.
The Summer School invites students of most diverse specialisations and branches – Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Fine Arts and Social sciences, and other fields – taking interest in the formation of environment to come together and in an informal atmosphere model new urban processes, choosing the specific focus areas of study to meet their interests – from the design of improvement of the territory and installations in nature by interactive modelling of situations to involvement in theoretical research projects.
During the Summer School you will be offered a wide program consisting of lectures and discussions, workshops and sightseeing tours. The program will be conducted by practicing architects, urban planners, developers etc. Lectures and workshops will be held in English.
You will work in a multidisciplinary and multinational environment and look for different experiences, concepts and ideas, create your own visions and proposals for public open space, built form, preservation and integration of new development into the city structure. The results of your work will be presented at an exhibition and displayed on the internet. The social program will include guided tours and excursions, film evenings, parties, sport activities and more.
Certificate of Further Education of Riga Technical University and 3 ECTS credit points (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System) credits will be awarded upon completion of the program.
The transfer to and from Riga should be organized and paid individually. Riga can be easily reached by plane (www.riga-airport.com; www.airbaltic.com), bus (www.eurolines.lv; www.ecolines.lv). From Belarus, Russia and Ukraine you can travel also by train to Riga (http://sirius.ldz.lv), from Sweden by ferry (www.tallink.lv). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance in order to organize your journey.
Accommodation is organised in a dormitory. You will receive catering coupons for breakfast and dinner.
The participation fee, including registration, tuition, accommodation, meals (breakfast and dinner) and social program is EUR 635. A limited number of partial bursaries is available; however, you should be able to cover your own travel expenses and health insurance.
Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia offers 5 full scholarships for participation at the Summer School to foreign nationals, pursuant to bilateral intergovernmental or inter-ministerial agreements concluded with the following countries: Azerbaijan, Belgian Flanders Community and Belgian French Community, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Israel, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The International Summer School in Riga accepts no liability for accidents, theft or any damage or injury that might occur during the course. For the duration of the course you are asked to carry extended personal liability insurance and health insurance.
The deadline of submitting the application is May 31, 2010. The application documents should be in English. For the application form, please visit the homepage of the Summer School http://www.summerschool.rtu.lv or it can be sent to you by e-mail, upon request.
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The organizing committee at the International and Public Relations Department of RTU will be happy to answer all questions concerning organizational matters, which might occur before the Summer School starts or during its course.
Evita Serjogina, International and Public Relations Department, Riga Technical University
|Last Updated Wednesday, 04 August 2010.|