June 14 @ 8:00am – July 2, 2018 @ 6:00pm
Un-Urban Experiments is a summer workshop that brings together students from New York and Scandinavia to work on a design challenge at the intersection of the urban and the "un-urban" in Træna, Norway, a village in the Arctic Circle.
MFA Interaction Design students are invited to join a multi-disciplinary team of design, art, and architecture students to work on a concrete challenge defined and presented for the participants by local community members in the Arctic Circle. The problem space will be site-specific and based primarily on local need and conditions, but open to the unexpected contributions that students from diverse backgrounds will bring. The project and process will be framed and focused as something relevant to many remote and peripheral communities in Scandinavia.
The workshop will consist of two weeks of intense collaboration and building, with one additional (optional) open week that culminates in public events including exposure to thousands of visitors to the Træna Festival, the most spectacular music festival in the world.
This program is an exciting and rare collaboration between the School of Visual Arts (New York), Umeå School of Architecture (Sweden), the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Norway), and the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture. The Municipality of Træna and the Træna Artist in Residence Program are hosting the program with financial support from the Norwegian Arts Council.
Purpose and Goals
The workshop will focus on the contrasts between the urban and the non-urban landscape, and is designed to get deeper learning and cross-disciplinary training in the fields of art, architecture and design. In addition participants will learn from local, practical knowledge evolved over hundreds of years by the local inhabitants.
Benefits & Outcome
The result from the workshop is expected to be a physical and/or digital structure, a service, or a product exemplifying the methodologies of interaction design to architecture and vice versa. The resulting project will be a permanent contribution to the local community and exhibited as a documentation of the students' process and learning.
All-inclusive cost for the workshop: $4,000. Includes:
Urbanization makes small communities in the outskirts very aware of the constant threat of de-population. Large cities are just as aware of the effects of urbanization, and the conflict between flourishing innovation environments and challenges of over-population, social segregation and environmental issues. Træna is Norway’s third smallest municipality with only 500 inhabitants and one store. New York is in many ways its opposite, a compressed metropolis of 8 million and counting. In a world where the norm is now urban, the small and remote places far away from dense cities become exotic examples of a rural history. Norway, however, is a country where urbanization is slower, where gleaming modern cities like Oslo co-exist with the stunning wilderness that still fills the vast majority within its borders.
The long coastline of Norway still consists of hundreds of small but functioning communities, though all with a collective uncertainty about the future. This situation gives a great opportunity to explore how design, art, and architecture could be used as interventions, and contributions, to shaping the future of these remote places.
Apply now. Deadline: Feb 28, 2018.