concept of re-evaluation
The structure of the Intensive Programme

The Intensive Programme is laid out in three academic years, subdivided and structured as follows:

The pre-workshop

In the winter term, still back at the six participating schools of Architecture, Urbanism and Regional Planning, the students concentrate in their work on the specific geographical contexts they come from. This work includes seminars on the theory and practice of building restoration, on architectural theory, and design courses, as well as field trips to indicative examples. The aim is to become acquainted with all aspects determining the process of transforming an industrial landscape into a cultural landscape. The pre-workshop phase is accompanied by a continuous exchange of all participants via e-learning.

The workshop

In the following spring term, a two-week-long intensive workshop in one of the participating countries is supposed to help focusing on the European context, comparing all six approaches en detail. The European dimension to the Intensive Programme becomes central. The goal is establishing a survey of these approaches in Europe by intoducing the specific approaches and methods of protection, restoration and reuse practised in the participating countries. The students will be requested to compare these approaches and methods, to define common principles, and to test and evaluate these through their workshop projects.
In addition, the European dimension shall be supplemented by day-long field trips, by visits to relevant objects of protection, restoration and reuse, and by meetings with representatives of the administration of the host city involved in restoration. Lecture courses complete the workshop with conferences by experts in the field, if possible held by persons involved in restoration projects in the city/country hosting the workshop.

The post-workshop

A core intention of each workshop is experiencing the differnt parameters required to judge re-evaluations of industrial sites and different approaches and methods towards re-qualifications and reuses. Exhibitions of the work elaborated during the workshop at the home universities give the possibility to critically review the work once again. Simultaneously, a website and a brochure are being produced in order to introduce the works to a broader audience, hopefully generating a rewarding exchange of ideas on strategies to re-evaluate our industrial heritage.
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