Living Summer School 2022: Living Blocks

The Living Summer School (LSS) is a yearly week-long educational program promoting social and territorial innovation in and around the city of Kortrijk, Flanders.

Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate. The network of social spaces that define our territories need to evolve to face increasingly challenging and complex circumstances.

Participants will reflect on and design modular and sustainable future blueprints of Kortrijk’s social spaces. They will also be required to bring them to life through different situated experiments.


NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Climate Displacement. How might we design adaptable housing to respond to extreme climate events?

JUST AROUND THE BLOCK: Local Tourism. How might we encourage tourism that cares for the environment and people?

BLOCKED IN: Building Care: How might we design housing solutions that can age with us?

BLOCKED OUT: Affordable Housing. How might we tackle unequal access to housing through design?

CONNECTING THE BLOCKS: Connected Lifestyles. How might we envision new models of connectivity for Kortrijk’s professionals?


The Living Blocks Summer School participants will have the chance to participate in different educational activities:

Brief-Partner Coaching: Local partners will be assigned to each group, coaching regularly participants with their context and topic specific expertise
Guest Lectures: International speaker will give lectures on different topics relevant to the making process
Hands-On Workshops: Punctual practical activities to support the creation process forward
Closing Roundtable & Exhibition: A final event where different communities in Kortrijk will be engaged in discussing the future of their territory with students
The Living Blocks Summer School is free and it will always be!

We provide food, education and fun. We have a convention with local accomodation facilities for students to be hosted economically. For the 2022 edition we’re working towards securing funding for travel and housing scholarships for students.

The Summer School activities start on 04.09 and they will come to an end on the 10.09.


The participants will enjoy the open space and atelier of Bolwerk,a cultural free-port in the Eastern part of Kortrijk.


Through some field trips you’ll have the opportunity to discover the West Flemish territory, visit partners’ facilities and immerse yourself in the subject matter.

Make Labs

Our partner academic institutions will grant access to their making facilities to all participants:

Industrial Design Center
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Cite: "Living Summer School 2022: Living Blocks" 01 Jun 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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