Summer School «The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design. Islands in the Stream: Bridging Neighbourhoods»

Summer School «The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design. Islands in the Stream: Bridging Neighbourhoods»

Riga Technical University has gathered long experience in organizing Summer Schools for the students of Architecture and related fields. The first Summer School was held in 2003, and since that every year Riga Technical University has welcomed active and creative students from the country and abroad for brainstorming and creating ideas as well as for building items and modelling public activities with the aim to increase public interest in diverse usage of spaces and gathering experiences how to achieve this. Thematic challenges of the Summer Schools have moved from direct focus on problematic issues in Riga Historic Centre as the UNESCO World Heritage Site to more diverse urban studies in neighbourhoods of Riga and other towns all over Latvia. Participants of the Summer Schools have worked in divided town of Valka-Valga on the Latvian-Estonian border, former military base and campus in Liepāja on the Baltic coast and since 2012 has found the location in medieval town of Cēsis in Midland Latvia. Since that year important support in the organization of the Summer Schools was given by FOLD, interactive platform where among the founders and active participants are the alumni of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning.

In 2014 Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning started participation in the series of Summer Schools The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design initiated by Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. Within this initiative the followin

Summer Schools have been held in different cities with the following focuses on:
2014 – Amsterdam. Old Ambitions, New Conditions
2015 – Istanbul. Living Together
2016 – Porto. Between Social and Design Concept
This year it is Riga’s turn to host the Summer School with the focus on:
2017 – Riga. Islands in the Stream: Bridging Neighbourhoods

The Summer School is primarily addressing the schools – participants in the previous series of The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design. At the same time Summer School is open to new participants – students of Architecture and Design, Urbanism, Landscape Architecture, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and other related fields – in order to promote creative and multi-disciplinary approach to the formation of urban environment to define identity of places and spaces and discuss and propose guidelines for their further development.

Host Of The Summer School   

The 4th Summer School in the Series The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design in 2017 is hosted in Riga Technical University and organized by the Faculty of Architecture in cooperation with Public Relations Department of Riga Technical University.

Riga Technical University is an internationally recognized university complying with European standards. At present it is the largest university in the country in terms of the number of students gathering nearly 15 000 students at nine faculties studying in about 130 study programmes at all study levels in 12 study branches.

Riga Technical University is the only higher educational institution in Latvia providing full education in architecture recognized in the EU at graduate and post-graduate levels. Faculty of Architecture provides studies for about 250 students as well as research in history of architecture, housing and urban issues.

Topic  

System of water areas, over a long period being evolved by both human and natural forces, is one of the cornerstones of the distinct spatial structure of Riga. As defined in the city strategy up the year of 2030, Riga is becoming a city with developed high-quality natural areas, friendly green structures and accessible water areas and waterfronts to preserve ecological diversity and provide recreational availability for inhabitants and guests of the city.

Water areas is one of the most valuable natural resources in the city occupying in general about 16% of the overall territory of Riga. River Daugava as the main water area together with lakes and smaller watercourses substantially affect the city development and its spatial structure. Direct access to the sea and good connections for centuries ensured the development of Riga port and promoted the economic growth of the city. On the other hand, the specific natural conditions, regular floods and unpredictable changes of the river flow has created ecological diversity of the water areas.

Water areas have significantly been affected by the city development in the previous ages, and this still is an ongoing process. Water spaces are significant parts of the territory of Riga having functional, aesthetic and economic potential. Previously widely used for commercial and recreational needs, it is currently not used to its full extent. Observing the growing interest of public in diverse usage of water areas and waterfronts for both active and passive recreational needs as well as for redeveloping transportation connections, the prerequisites of usage of water areas in better functional and spatial integration in the Riga city life is the field of the current studies.

River Daugava together with the adjacent water areas have played significant role in the formation of the nearby neighbourhoods and their spatial identity. Being wide and not-easy-to-cross waterbody till the recent decades it has been more dividing than connecting element of the city. Dependant on seasonality the changing scenery and ways of usage of the river has affected the nearby life. Within The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design Summer School four case study areas will be thoroughly examined to propose the best ways of using water areas and nearby territories for connecting different parts of the city and creating place and space for diverse public activities.

Target Audience   

The Summer School is primarily addressing the schools – participants in the previous series of The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design. At the same time Summer School is open to new participants – students of Architecture and Design, Urbanism, Landscape Architecture, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and other related fields – in order to promote creative and multi-disciplinary approach to the formation of urban environment to define identity of places and spaces and discuss and propose guidelines for their further development.

Requirements

You will have finished at least two years of studies by the time the Summer School starts.

Your English is fluent.

You appreciate creativity, group work and possibility to gather and share experiences with professionals from different fields and countries.

Programme

The programme includes theoretical instruction and practical workshops: lectures, field trips, site surveys, brainstorming and discussions. Participants of the Summer School in working groups – about 10 participants each – under the guidance of teachers of the involved schools will examine the distinct role of the water spaces in the spatial structure of the city as well as study in more details four case study areas – urban landscape, potentials and current problems in order to offer probable solutions and scenarios for their further development.

The proposals developed by the working groups will be displayed at the exhibition area of the Faculty of Architecture as well as in the faculty website.
Preliminary Working Schedule (to be revised):

Wednesday, July 26th: Welcome in Riga

  • Arrival
  • Free Time. Getting Acquainted and Enjoying Cityscape

Thursday, July 27th: Introduction

  • Opening of the Summer School
  • Introductory Presentation on History of City of Riga and Challenges of Further Development
  • Lunch
  • Tour de Table Discussion on Riga City Development Strategy and City Development Plan
  • Welcome Party

Friday, July 28th: Inspecting Sites and Gathering Viewpoints and Experiences

  • Waterscape Inspirations: River Daugava Study Trip – Islands, Waterfronts, Neighbourhoods
  • Lunch
  • Presentation and Discussion on Blue and Green Structures in the Urban Areas. European and Latvian Experiences
  • Selection of Case Study Areas and Formation of Workgroups

Saturday, July 29th: Identifying Problems

  • Group work. Brainstorming
  • Lunch
  • Progress Presentations of Workgroups

Sunday, July 30th: Identifying Problems and Defining Possible Ways of Solutions

  • Group work. Gathering Inspirations
  • Lunch
  • Group work. Mutual Discussions

Monday, July 31st: Defining Possible Ways of Solutions

  • Group work
  • Lunch
  • Group work. Tour de Table Discussions with Invited Experts
  • Option: Presentation and Discussion on City Shrinking. Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, August 1st: Approaching to Preliminary Results

  • Group work
  • Lunch
  • Progress Presentations of Workgroups

Wednesday, August 2nd: Developing Proposals

  • Group work
  • Lunch
  • Group work. Tour de Table Discussions with Invited Experts
  • Option: Presentation and Discussion on Public Involvement into City Development Planning Process

Thursday, August 3rd: Developing Proposals

  • Group work
  • Lunch
  • Group work
  • Option: Presentation and Discussion on Global and Local Identities and Role of Local Cultures and Traditions in Transnational Scale

Friday, August 4th: Finalizing and Presenting Results

  • Installing the Exhibition of the Proposals and Preparing for the Final Presentations
  • Lunch
  • Final Presentations and Public Discussions
  • Final Party

Saturday, August 5th: Departure

  • Free Time. Enjoying City life
  • Departure. Good-bye
Study Credits
Certificate Of Riga Technical University In The Study Module Urban Liveability Of 3 Ects Will Be Awarded Upon Successful Completion Of The Summer School Programme.
Arrival and Departure

The Transfer To And From Riga Should Be Organised Individually. Riga Can Be Easily Reached By Plane. There Are Direct Flights To Riga From More Than 85 Cities In Europe, Asia, Africa And America. Ferry Connections To Riga Are Available From Stockholm. From Moscow, St. Petersburg And Pskov You Can Travel To Riga By Train. Bus Connections To Riga Are Available From Berlin, Hamburg, Warsaw, Prague, Pskov, Kiev, Grodno, Vilnius, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kaliningrad, Minks And Many Other International Cities. Please Do Not Hesitate To Contact Us If You Need Any Further Information!

Accommodation and Meals     

You Will Stay At The Student Hostel Of Riga Technical University Located On Ķīpsala Campus Providing Students With The Advantage Of Close By Faculty Building, City Centre And A Big Shopping Mall. The Rooms Are Arranged Into Apartments. Each Apartment Has Three Double Shared Rooms, A Kitchen, Bathroom, Toilet And Corridor.
Participants Will Be Offered Two Meals A Day.

Participation Fee

The Participation Fee, Covering Registration, Tuition, Accommodation In A Student Hostel Of  Rtu, Two Meals Daily And The Social Programme Is Eur 711. The Participants Will Have To Cover Their Travel Expenses And Health Insurance. Participants Can Apply For Partial Scholarship From Organizers Depending On Their Academic Result.

Insurance

The Organisers Accepts No Liability For Accidents, Theft Or Any Damage Or Injury That Might Occur During The Summer School. You Are Asked To Carry An Extended Personal Liability Insurance And Health Insurance.

Application
The Deadline For Submitting The Application Is 1 May 2017.
When Applying, Please Enclose The Following Documents In English:
Contact

The organizing committee of Riga Technical University invites your questions concerning organizational matters before or during the Summer School:
Evita Serjogina
1–307 Kalku Street, Riga, LV-1658, Latvia
+371 67089021

http://www.summerschool.rtu.lv

 

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