How is it different from traditional educational workshops?
Mirjam Niemeyer: Compared to typical architectural workshops, the Spring School is aimed at elaborating interdisciplinary team work and integrative thinking.
During the Spring School, two independent educational institutions will join forces. By doing this we can offer a combination of our know how and experience in integrated urban development together with specialists in the field of architectural history and urban research.
Group work in international and interdisciplinary constellations of participants will offer an inspiring framework for exchanging and working together with different cultural and professional background. The learning process will be organized in a way that allows the group to challenge simultaneously the logic of research as well as design and elaborate strategic proposals.
Vladyslav Tyminskyi: Comparing to the "conventional" workshop format (if I may say so), the Spring School is aimed at practicing with participants how to carefully investigate the city, pose the right questions and, only then, come up with any intervention strategies. However, the learning process will be organized in a way that would allow the group to challenge the linear logic of both research and design. Moreover, by obtaining and applying tools and methods from various disciplines, the participants would have a chance to elaborate interdisciplinary and integrative strategic proposals for the selected locations with the real potential to be renewed: Oud and Nieuw Mathenesse — former workers and harbour areas between Rotterdam and Schiedam.
What will the Spring School' program consist of?
Mirjam: The program will provide inputs on the topic of migration in the context of city development, aiming at understanding the drivers for and the various effects of migration. Moreover, it will introduce the integrated urban development approach. The program will also provide input to the case area. As it was mentioned earlier, participants will do concrete field research in the Oud and Nieuw Mathenesse harbour area in Rotterdam as well as reflection sessions to discuss and exchange findings and investigations aiming at developing new ideas, approaches and/or strategies.