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Exploring sustainable urbanism and democratic participation

Sustainable Cities and Communities; Partnerships for the Goals
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About The Challenge 

The project is a collaboration between Colectivo Til, Portugal and Byverksted, Stavanger, exploring grounds for the establishment of Stavanger Urban Folkehøgskole, together with many stakeholders, initiatives and the civic community of Stavanger.

During the period of two weeks, workshops will include building interactive installations and urban furniture/urban hacks, social and spatial performances, printing and self-publishing, gardening and more. Neighbours, local residents and anyone interested in joining in are invited to use it as an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and share their own skills, ideas and what they are passionate about, while having the contribution from invited specialists. 

We take a holistic approach to learning-by-doing, gathering people and promoting interaction, teamwork and collaboration. Thus, sharing skills, knowledge and experiences becomes even more important than the final result.

Participants are as much defining the workshops and their explorations as the tutors and the production team. Self-reliance in collaboration is key in participation and involvement. Learning, un-learning and sharing of skills and knowledge will happen in community. 

The context for this event is the establishment of StUF, the Stavanger Urban Folkehøgskole, to be opened in fall 2022. StUF is a higher education institution for young people, organised according to the Scandinavian model of ‘Folk High Schools’. The students at StUF are filling a gap year with an intense program that aims to approach the greatest challenges of our time, the climate crisis and the green transition, with sustainable urbanism and urbanisation. Sustainable urbanism is also key in the climate plan of the Municipality of Stavanger, aiming to become climate neutral by 2030.

Furthermore, we plan production of a printed publication reporting the process and outcomes of the workshops, as well as a form of online documentation plus archive and platform for continued communication and reflection. Documenting, chronicling and realtime evaluating are possible challenges.

Expected impact

Exploring new solutions and approaches on how to live together:

The fields of architecture, urban planning and urban management have long been criticised for its top-down approach and its failure to include different perspectives and diverse inputs. The missing link can only rely on the civic society supported by the municipality. Therefore, we need to create spaces of conversation, exploration and broad communication that can give access to everyone living and working in our cities.

Setting up the ground towards realising the StUF school, the summer school is born from the concept of a ‘meanwhile occupation’ of a building and an urban block. The idea behind it is to use a temporal gap in the building transformation as an opportunity to test ideas and build hypotheses that can inform the later use of that area. 

Being a site-based experiment, we will be very specific in our approach towards both the new place for the school as well as its context in the city. The project will be informed by the needs and contributions of the local community, involving marginalised groups and actively amplifying the universe of people and visions that can take part.

Expectations from students

Having a background in urban design is an advantage.

Format: Onsite

How to apply

You need to apply on the ECIU platform.

Application Deadline: 30st April, 2022

Schedule

4th July 2022, Challenge Kick-off

During the period of two weeks, workshops will include building interactive installations and urban furniture/urban hacks, social and spatial performances, printing and self-publishing, gardening and more. 

15th of July 2022, Examination

Number of seats available
4 students, open to Lifelong Learners

Average workload: 48 hrs

Recognition: ECIU certificate