FLOWS SUMMER LAB – Q&A

THE DESIGN THEME: A Landmark


The design task is to conceive and realize installations (i.e.: conceptual, sound, visual, physical, etc.) aimed at both celebrating water in its many different forms and making people more conscious of its sustainable use as well as of its crucial importance for the future of the planet. The workshop has been conceived as a design & craft studio environment, where emphasis will be put in translating ideas into manufacturing.

1. Architecture Summer Lab

Why do students choose to come to FLOWS Summer Lab in Favara?

There are many reasons why students should choose to attend the Flows Summer Lab in Favara. It is a unique opportunity for learning how design can stimulate, educate and reawaken the common public consciousness on the issue of water. The workshop will offer the chance of experiencing a craft-studio environment, where critical thinking and ideas will travel from paper and digital to a real constructed object. Students will realize, submit and then place their final project in a urban location where citizens and visitors will engage with it.

2. Workshop Programme

What is the course structure?

Students will work in groups, mixed between the different provenance schools and countries. The workshop will take place in the Urban Center space of Favara (10km from the city of Agrigento, in Sicily), which will be freely accessible for the entire day. Students will be expected to work from 10:00 to 18:00 although during the final stages these hours may be adjusted to meet deadlines. Every student is expected to bring their own laptop computer, sketchbooks, and any other drawing tools. Students will also be responsible for arranging their own travel to the workshop venue from their respective schools.

What kinds of Excursions will I be able to take part in?

Excursions will provide all the participants with a glimpse of the art and architecture history of the region (ancient greek sites and sicilian baroque) plus a remarkable visit to a contemporary art installation such as the "Cretto di Gibellina" by Alberto Burri.

What are the Rules of Study?

Study at the Flows Summer Lab is mainly team-conducted. This means that the emphasis is not placed on the work or research made by the single person but on the final product as a result of a group work.

What are the workshop dates?

From Monday 4th to Sunday 10th of June, 2018

How much is the course?

The course fee is 500€

How much Italian will I need to know?

The workshop will be held in English

Are there many international students in the FLOWS Summer Lab?

The workshop is open to students in Architecture, Urban planning, Landscape Design, Building engineering, Sociology of space and to young professionals from all EU and non-EU countries.

3. Application Process

Dates of Application

From February 15th to May 31st

How do I apply for a position in the workshop?

To apply for the Flows Summer Lab, please send your application documents to following email:
flows2018@gmail.com
The completed application must content a motivation letter, a CV and a portfolio of works.

What is a motivation letter?

A motivation letter is simply a written letter to the Workshop organizers why you want to study at the Flows Summer Lab, your personal motivations and your expectations of the course and what you will get out of it. The format is similar to a cover letter that accompanies your CV when applying for a job.

What do I need to show in the portfolio?

The portfolio should demonstrate the type of work or projects you have done in the past years. The purpose of the portfolio is to allow the tutors to get an idea of your skills for you to show that you are capable of undertaking this workshop programme.

4. General Info

How do I reach Favara?

Agrigento is the closest big town to Favara, but doesn’t have any airport of its own and is reachable from two airports. The closest one is the Palermo “Falcone and Borsellino” airport and the second one is the Catania “Fontanarossa” airport. We do suggest anyway to land in Catania for much better bus connections. Bus services operate to Agrigento from the Catania airport every 1,5hrs. From the center of Agrigento you will reach Favara with private transportation provided by the organizers. You’ll get to your destination in about 2,5 hours on average.

What living arrangements are there for students in Favara?

Students will be accommodated in BnB’s structures situated in the town centre. A special agreement has been done with the owners of those places by the organizers, so there will be no need of a reservation by the workshop’s participants. Further info will be given upon request by participants.

What is the average daily rent?

The average daily rent is ~25€/person.

Will I have access to the Internet?

Yes.

Are there supermarkets nearby?

Yes.

How far is the accommodation from the workshop venue?

All in a short walking distance.

What are the common types of transport available in Favara?

Favara is a relatively small town, and most of the touristic attractions can be reached by walking. For other info, visit the official italian website.

What activities are popular for students in Favara?

Most of the cultural activities are revolving around the Farm Cultural Park, which is the international cultural center of Favara.
Have a look at their website.

Is much English spoken locally?

No

What are the normal living costs as an international student?

Favara is a cheap city, and it is much cheaper than many other European or Italian cities and there are plenty of reasonably priced and low-cost alternatives for students. Food is great and generally inexpensive, especially if you shop at a supermarket or local market stalls. Eating out, movies and other leisure activities are, again, less expensive than many other European capitals.