City Life: A Shared International Summer School
Who owns the city? Who has a right to access it? How do we define spaces of overlap and contestation? What forces control the shifting landscape of the city? Why do some spaces become symbolic? Are there spaces which should be defended – for culture, or history, or diversity? How can design, planning and policy act effectively in the changing urban context?
The ‘City Life’ urban summer school, hosted jointly by University College Dublin (UCD) and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), will address these core questions. After a thoroughly successful pilot programme in 2015, UCD and NCAD are delighted to be hosting an expanded and updated summer school in 2017. Amidst the growing awareness of Dublin’s development as an urban space, there is still much to be learnt about the forces governing the city and its changing landscape. Using multiple disciplinary perspectives, participants will be challenged to create new narratives for Dublin which address and give voice and image to the hidden parts of the city.
Working in both single-discipline and interdisciplinary groups located in one of the most vibrant and mutable parts of Dublin’s inner city, participants will observe the complex web of cultural, social and economic factors currently shaping metropolitan spaces across the world. While “in situ” in the college’s immediate environs, participants will research and realise projects which narrate new stories of Dublin as an urban space. Examining the nexus of powers shaping the streets directly outside the College doors, participants will partake in a critical evaluation of urbanism in the Irish context.
The summer school will give participants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds the opportunity to observe and engage with the ongoing development of Dublin today. Because of the compact scale of the city and its cultural and political structures, and UCD and NCAD’s strong relationships to key cultural, social, and political institutions, the school will offer participants unparalleled access to the stakeholders currently negotiating Dublin’s response to global urban conditions. The programme will unfold over three weeks in June, moving from an early research and review stage through studio and workshop work, finally bringing ideas to fruition for dissemination through a public exhibition in the NCAD Gallery space.
Under the shared theme of City Life, the summer school will allow students to pursue one of a number of thematic tracks, each aimed at developing specific disciplinary knowledge, skills and abilities. The programme will balance interdisciplinary seminars in large groups with more specialised thematic tracks, designed to permit strong skills acquisition. Alongside dedicated teaching, seminar and workshop sessions on these particular thematic areas, there will also be plenary sessions among the complete summer school cohort, in the form of guest lectures, poster presentation sessions, cross-disciplinary collaboration, guided tours and other activity. Each track is hosted by a dedicated teaching team drawn from expert academics and practitioners at UCD and NCAD. Participants choose from one of the specialist programme tracks below, and also come together for seminars and workshops around a core theme of Critical Urbanism. This will provide grounding in theoretical approaches to the urban as well as highlighting issues of particular significance to the Irish context.
Below is a list of the indicative tracks running, subject to uptake, as part of the 2017 summer school. Further details about each track can be found on the core “Programme Tracks” page:
ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE – Designing urban interventions guided by faculty from UCD Architecture and Landscape, key figures from both disciplines in architectural practice and high-profile researchers.
CULTURE, MEMORY AND THE CITY – Investigating the relationship between memory and the city, through psychogeographic and critical writing practices.
INTERACTION DESIGN – A project-focused track to design, prototype and evaluate the interaction of the human and the digital in a real-world setting, while acquiring skills in physical computing.
SPATIAL ARTS AND VISUALISATION – (In collaboration with IADT) Pursuing temporal, spatial and critical visualization and representation of ‘Unseen Dublin’ through project-based work with expert support.
URBAN HISTORY AND MATERIAL CULTURE – Utilising design analysis, architectural history and material culture methods to explore the development, planning, architecture and everyday experience of Dublin.
The summer school will run for three weeks from June 12th – 30th, 2017.
Further details on registration, fees and accommodation, can be found on the UCD+NCAD Architecture Art Design Summer School leaflet.