FLOODED Summer School
Dates: 31 July – 11 August 2018
Volume: 80 hours, 6 ECTS
Number of participants: max 15
Location: Karuskose, Soomaa, Estonia
*Due to support from Dora Pluss Programme Action 3, “Organisation of summer and winter schools”, we are able to offer the course for free for students. The participants will need to cover their return flight to Tallinn.
Registration deadline: 10th of June
In addition to the general admissions requirements, candidates are expected to submit a motivation letter (max 400 words) and a link to their portfolio.
The International Summer School FLOODED organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts Interior Architecture department and architecture office b210 returns for a third instalment in Summer 2018.
The summer school will once again be tutored by an international team of architects, representing both practice and academia. The tutors will work alongside the participants guiding them through a complete architectural project — concept development, design, prototyping and construction of life–size installation in wilderness. The hands-on workshop will be unique opportunity to practice off-grid woodwork. The installation will stay open for the public.
We welcome applications from students of architecture, spatial design, interior architecture, landscape architecture, design – to form a small group of 15 students.
Why you shouldn’t miss it
The summer school is tutored by an international team of architects, representing both practice and academia. The tutors will work alongside the participants guiding them through a complete architectural project — concept development, design, prototyping and construction of life–size installation in wilderness. The hands-on workshop will be unique opportunity to practice off-grid woodwork. The installation will stay open for the public. In 2016, our Summer School group ended up building floating object VEETEE; in 2017, the Summer School team built a floating sauna VALA – both projects have inspired minds far beyond Soomaa and Estonia.
Estonia is one of the safest places in the world — the climate is moderate, there have been no major natural disasters, has no record of fatal floods, droughts, earthquakes, or severe storms. But if we look at the bigger picture we are not so fortunate — the climate is changing awfully fast. We can hear from new natural disasters every day, many of them being floods. The water level is rising and a lot of land area is going to be inhabitable.
In beautiful Soomaa (in English: swampland), situated in Estonia, we experience a flood every year in spring. The area consists of large raised bogs, flood-plain grasslands, paludified forests and meandering rivers. Life in Soomaa depends more on climate than anywhere else in Estonia. When vast amounts of water run down the uplands in springs, the rivers of Soomaa cannot contain it all. The water flows over flood-plain grasslands and forests and covers roads, disrupting connection with the rest of the world. In some years, the spring floods have risen by a meter a day for 3–4 days, quickly claiming roads, fields, and on occasion, homes. At the maximum flood level the water-covered area can be 7–8 km in diameter. Steep-sloped, raised bogs stand as islands in the water. The flood has been named the 5th Season of Soomaa, and Karuskose, Soomaa will be the location of this unique Summer School.
The FLOODED Design and Making Summer School for Floating Architecture 2018 will use the natural flooding in Soomaa as a laboratory for global problems. We can use it as a testing ground to find solutions for wet conditions and floating architecture all over the world. The Summer School will be a deep and intensive examination into the minimum (spatial) necessities for humans in extreme conditions. As the result of the Summer School, the bottomless bogs and overflowing rivers of Soomaa will be offered a new steady pause, a solid ground for the wanderer, a connection or bridge to another unreachable island. The artistic object needs to create new values in very delicate surroundings. The object should continue to function during the highest water levels of the 5th Season, but can be tested out during the workshop on a river. The piece itself will be constructed during the workshop out of timber. In the future the wooden installation will be a part of larger network of forest infrastructure organised by the State Forest Management Centre of Estonia.
The summer school will be tutored by an international team of architects, representing both practice and academia. The tutors will work alongside the participants guiding them through a complete architectural project — concept development, design, prototyping and construction of life–size installation in wilderness. The hands-on workshop will be unique opportunity to practice off-grid woodwork.
b210 architects – b210 is an architecture office for sophisticated solutions: comprehensive environments, emotive space, functional logic, conceptual design — architecture as experience. The architects of b210 are a versatile collective who feel at home at any scale: public buildings, exhibition design, event organising, private housing. Fine-tuned results are reached in close co-operation with clients.
b210 are: Mari Hunt, Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi
Sami Rintala – A Finnish architect and artist, Rintala studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology, completing his studies in 1999. Rintala’s own work is based on narrative and conceptualism. The resulting work is a layered interpretation of the physical, mental and poetic resources of the site. In 2008, Rintala started a new architect office with Icelandic architect Dagur Eggertsson, called Rintala Eggertsson Architects, with offices in Oslo, South Norway and Bodø, North Norway.
Hannes Praks – As the head of the Interior Design department of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Praks’ aim is to continuously discover design and architecture stemming from in situ characteristics, which could potentially be seen as forming a unique design vernacular. He believes that interior architecture can be positioned somewhere between architecture and product design. Besides creating functional solutions, he holds that it should be capable of participating in dialogue in general culture in the same manner as film or literature.
Tuesday, 31st of July
- Field trip
Wednesday, 1st of August
- Individual work, brainstorming and sketching
Thursday, 2nd – Friday, 3rd of August
Saturday, 4th of August
- Field trip
Sunday, 5th – Thursday, 9th of August
- Building and testing the object
- Nightly sauna, bonfire and teambuilding games
Friday, 10th of August
- Opening of the object
Saturday, 11th of August