The Architectural Association (AA) visiting school Mittelmeerland, a program of AA’s School of Architecture, is seeking architecture students and young professionals to participate in the 10-day architectural research workshop in Dubrovnik, Croatia from January 31st – February 10th. Mittelmeerland will investigate the future of the Mediterranean as a territory and sustainable waterfronts. The deadline for application is January 10th 2011. More information after the break.
Mittelmeerland will investigate the future of the Mediterranean. Over three years the intention is to research six different Mediterranean cities, starting with Dubrovnik, and then continuing with Tangier, Tripoli, Istanbul, Alexandria and Haifa. In the first of these we will study the dynamic territory of Dubrovnik’s coastline and the mutual dependencies of land and water.The area itself, from Dubrovnik to the port of Ploce, extends more than 113km and provides an amphibious context defined by an ongoing conflict between the natural landscape, industry and tourism. This condition forces us to ask: How is the rapid growth of global trade affecting Mediterranean ports? And how can these cities along the Mediterranean coast become more environmentally engaged? We will work on five different areas along the coastline analysing existing conditions and future projections, playfully utilising small-scale phenomena, translating found conditions into large-scale urban interventions and envisioning future changes. We will produce architectural portraits, urban biographies, video narrations and imaginative axonometric collages, which ultimately will feature in a publication of the workshop’s research on various waterfront cities around the Mediterranean. During the workshop a two-day symposium will be held on 4 and 5 February 2011. Its purpose is to examine how the Mediterranean region can position itself as a ’territory’, one that is based on climatic and economic conditions, and subject to specific social, political and spatial dynamics and experiences. We want to discover similarities and differences by comparing cities. Speakers will include local experts and research partners from other participating towns and ports. Visiting critics in Dubrovnik will include: Elias Torres (Torres-Lapeña, Barcelona), Jorge Garcia de la Camara (BIArch Barcelona), Sanja Filep (University Zagreb), Roman Silje (Normala), Cristian Suau (Cardiff Uni), Vedran Mimica (Berlage Institute) and others. More information on accommodations and costs can be found here. Programme Directors: Medine Altiok (MOCA.Medine Altiok, Zurich) Stephanie Tunka (Associate Partner, Foster+Partners, London Krunoslav Ivanisin (Ivanisin.Kabashi.Arhitekti, Zagreb) Partners and Supporters:AA Architectural Association London; Inter University Centre Dubrovnik; CAA/ UHA Croatian Architects Associaton Zagreb; Dubrovnik- Neretva County; University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture; Design2context, ZHdK; Goethe-Institut Kroatien For Questions and Applications please contact the Visiting School Coordinator at AA: Sandra Sanna T +44 20 7887 4014 F +44 20 7414 0782 E email@example.com Architectural Association School of Architecture 36 Bedford Square London WC1B 3ES