Summer Course Theme: Stop City is a joint French-Italian research project on unplanned urbanity, areas of de-growth and new social interactions. Of special interest are the future of complex sectors created by unprecedented influx, renewed social practices and new urban gridding.

Industrial Design Faculty, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Politecnico di Milano
Ecole des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux
National Architecture and Landscaping School of Bordeaux


Industrial Design Faculty, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
ul. Myśliwiecka 8

11 » 21 September 2017


• 10 MAX of Industrial Design Faculty, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
• 5 MAX of Interior Design Faculty, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
• 5 MAX of Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology


Bachelor and master

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DEADLINE 9th July 2017 – 12 pm (noon)

STOP CITY _Warsaw_240 hours
urban design, landscaping, architecture, design, scenography, graphic design
• workshop
september 11-21, 2017

Cities, like all other places of human development, should no longer be apprehended as continuous, sprawling entities. Generalized urban growth is no longer a forgone conclu- sion. Forty years later, the No Stop City concept, developed by radical Italian movement Archizoom, no longer seems in phase with current ideas and practices related to urban spaces. Even the more recent Generic City and Junkspaces concepts – developed by Rem Koolhaas, Stéphano Boeri and Sanford Kwinter as part of their research into urban change and unstable geography [2000] – are no longer capable of adequately analyzing the latest mutations of the contemporary city. Over the past few years, months or even days certain city squares have found themselves transformed into new agoras where inventive solidarities and unprecedented confrontations have emerged simultaneously. New demarcations and borders between worlds have been blurred, whereas others have been reforti ed. Heterogeneous, mitigated sectors, intertwining multiple, supposedly antagonistic systems, have taken form, whilst elsewhere con ict has arisen. In other places still, dramatic, extraordinary natural disasters have reshaped the urban fabric through wide-spread destruction.
The rupture, discontinuity, fragmentation, and confrontation of dissimilar sectors appear to characterize the present. Our interest will focus on examples of this discontinuity in Warsaw.

— Fragmentation observable in time
PERMANENCE/TEMPORARY In the city, older forms sometimes sit beside newer forms over vast areas, or more sporadically, in small pockets. ese di erent forms are at times interconnected or juxtaposed, creating areas whose moments of creation can be both identi able and opposed, or merely contrasted.

— Fragmentation observable in space
PLANIFICATION/SPONTINEITY Planned urban development, and by opposition spontaneous urban development, have generated urban forms that are fractured, with improbable faults, blurring and telescoping. Sometimes, planning latency allows little or hardly de ned places to come to the fore, as well others that appear to be waiting for something. Studying the city from di erent scales of observation – from the micro-space to a region – also allows for holes in urban evolution to appear.

— Fragmentation observable through uses
INVENTION/RE-APPROPRIATION Urban practices are generated by the form of the city, but also arise from an adaptive system linked to the rhythm of the city and the needs of the di erent personalities that inhabit it. ey are thus invented and reformulated permanently through the re-appropriation of planned, built spaces.

— Fragmentation observable through representations
INSTITUTIONAL/ALTERNATIVE The urban landscape has always been linked to the manners in which it has been – and is being – represented. Depending on the given political, social and artistic contexts, the city produces material and immaterial representations that are sometimes complimentary, con icting or annulling. All urban communities produce multiple divergent representations which formulate the city: this is the urban narrative, which is equally as important for the construction of a city as its spatial evolution.

urban design, landscaping, architecture, design, scenography, graphic design
Warsaw 240 hours
• expected productions
september 11-21, 2017

The workshop proposes an analysis of constructed situations extracted from the urban conglomeration of Warsaw, using one or several of the filters exposed above. We also aim to produce detailed research on these exemplary urban situations using these sites as a starting point. The expected productions will belong to a variety of approaches to the material and immaterial fabrication of the city: urban design, landscap- ing, architecture, design, scenography, graphic design. The scale of work will go from the object to the Warsaw landscape itself. At the end of this workshop, work shall be exposed, that will demonstrate the issues of Stop City. If each project has its own expression, the totality of the work and its discourse is equally essential. The research will develop in several phases. A first which aims to organize the documen- tation concerning these « sectors of complexity », will be accompanied by investigative work ranging from photographic and video location scouting, interviews, internet and media document selection, and their analytical description.

A second phase will elaborate programs and proposals for artistic/ theoretical interventions at various scales.

DEADLINE for application
9th July 2017 – 12 pm (noon)