22 Jul

International Summer School of Ephemeral Architecture and Spatial Design “FestivaL’and 5.0” will take place in Valmiera from 22 July to 3 August 2024.

RISEBA faculty of architecture and design announces a call for applications for Latvian State scholarships for foreign participants in the International Summer School of Ephemeral Architecture and Spatial Design “FestivaL’and 5.0”. The Summer School will take place in Valmiera from 22 July to 3 August 2024.

About the FestivaL’and

“FestivaL’and” is a summer school format developed in collaboration with the Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival (VVTF) and held for the first time in 2018. At the Summer School, experimental temporary architectural and design interventions become catalysts for significant processes of change in the urban environment and the perception and usability of the city. The Summer School is dedicated to the creative synergy of art, design, architecture, and develops as an urban laboratory, temporarily transforming certain places for the duration of the theatre festival, bringing them to life, offering different user experiences, and revealing the potential for new uses. The summer school “FestivaL’and 5.0”, planned for 2024, will take place for the fifth time and is organised as a cooperation project between the Art Academy of Latvia and Architecture and Design faculty of the RISEBA University of Applied Sciences.

In the context of climate change, resource depletion and efforts to create a humane, inclusive and natural environment, the summer school highlights the use of wood as an ecological, renewable, recyclable or reusable raw material, inviting students to learn about the different aspects of its use and engage in industry innovations. During the summer school, participants will gain experience, knowledge and skills in the process of architectural design from ideation to construction in 1:1 scale, realising an environmental object-spatial installation in the city of Valmiera. The workshops will be led by the team of international architects and designers, landscape specialists, artists and invited professionals with experience in practice, pedagogy and academia.

At the end of the summer school, participants will receive a certificate as proof of participation and the award of 6 ECTS credits.

10 scholarships are available for international participants to take part in the 2024 Summer School

Students and academic staff from the following 43 countries are eligible to apply: USA, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium (Walloon-Brussels Federation), Bulgaria, Czech Republic, South Korea, Egypt, France, Georgia, Croatia, Estonia, Indonesia, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Peru, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Fiji, Germany, Namibia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Vietnam, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau.

The scholarship covers accommodation in a student hostel, two meals a day, activities included in the summer school programme, workshops, lectures, study tours, cultural activities, and the necessary materials and equipment for the duration of the school. 

The scholarship does not cover travel, VISA and insurance costs. Participants are obliged to cover their own travel expenses from their country of origin to Riga, Latvia. The organisers of the Summer School will provide transportation from Riga to the Summer School venue in Valmiera as far as possible.

The deadline for applications for the scholarships for foreign participants is 1 April 2024.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of a competitive application form, motivation and creativity. The awarding of scholarships to candidates is subject to the approval of the Evaluation Committee of the State Education Development Agency. 

More about the application process find on FAD website.

Financial support:
State Education Development Agency Republic of Latvia and Municipality of Valmiera Region

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