Open call for participants
City Acupuncture team officially invites young professionals to get involved in the international project City Acupuncture (Akupunktura grada) within the European Culture Programme 2007-2013 through participation in workshop which will be held in Split from 7th to 11th October 2013.
Split is the fifth workshop in the series. As well as in the previously held workshops, we will bring together more than 40 young professionals from the region to seek high quality designs and prepare a series of small and precise interventions in public space through intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue.
- interested parties are invited to send their application by September 12th 2013 containing a brief CV and at least one example of what in their opinion best illustrates the small but effective interventions in urban space
(for examples see the Web Repository at the official project website www.cityacupuncture.org).
- material (links, photomontages, sketches, text, etc.) along with a brief personal comment should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- the results of the selection will be published on City acupuncture website and by e-mail on September 16th 2013
- interdisciplinary teams will be formed on site after the location visit
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Format: International Workshop
Period: 7th - 11th October 2013
Working time during the workshop: every day 9:00 to 19:00 pm
Regional focus for intervention: City district Varoš
Working languages: Croatian, Serbian, English, Macedonian, Bosnian
Participants: interdisciplinary teams from Skopje, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Split
Number of participants from each city: 3 (+20 from Split)
Deadline for registration: September 12th 2013, 12:00
Announcement of the selected team: September 16th 2013
OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP
- align the perception of space through interdisciplinary discussions
- design a series of small, precise and feasible interventions in a given neighborhood through creative work
- enhance the experience of young professionals in an interdisciplinary and intercultural discourse
- prepare and encourage the local government to creatively intervene in neighborhoods
- engage local neighborhood facilities and youth in the community
- encourage participation processes - associate professionals, government and residents
- each participant is required to actively participate in the workshop from beginning to end
- previous experience in other international projects or workshops is not necessary
- openness to interdisciplinary communication and cooperation with other nations and cultures is obligatory for each participant
- the participants should be prepared to work with two people from other cities and countries
Upon completion of the workshop, under the guidance of mentors, participants are required to elaborate their solutions, designed and selected at the workshop. This process is anticipated to be finished in a about a month time, but depending on the complexity of solutions, it can take longer. The process will involve intensive work and Internet communication with group members and their mentor and coordinator. Of course it is then followed by the realization where the participants from Split are expected to take on all obligations as participants from other cities won't be able to do so due to long distance.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
- the experience of participation in a specific international and interdisciplinary workshop and creative cultural environment
- the possibility of realization of the interventions made at the workshop
- involvement in the ‘City Acupuncture’ project activities
CITY DISTRICT VAROŠ
City district Varoš, or Veli Varoš was formed to the west of the Diocletian palace around St. Nikola church from 11th century. It was first mentioned in the early 15th century, in a matricula of Saint Cross fraternity under the name Zagrađe or Borgo-Burgus. However, it was largely developed during the period of first Turkish invasions in 16thcentury, when it was settled by refugees who had fled from the inland seeking shelter. It is one of the oldest city districts surrounding roman palace along with Manuš, Lučac and Dobri. These plebeian city quarters populated by common people have been formed outside of the city core, usually following the configuration and the special characteristics of the terrain, in accordance with the medieval property regulations, or along the routes and roads and close to the churches which used to be landmarks of that time.
During the middle Ages, city quarter Veli Varoš spread in a fan-like form on the eastern slopes of the mount Marjan. The quarter became an integral part of the city core in the beginning of the century, and a small number of modest plebeian family houses, made of stone have been preserved until the present time. During Second World War, after considerable bombing, many houses were demolished, and throughout time these empty spaces became parks, gathering points, squares; making this district typical lively Mediterranean quarter. In modern days, due to global change of habits and increase of digital space usage, such public spaces became empty and as such a subject of illegal occupation of inhabitants, mostly turning them into restaurant and café terraces, parking spaces, landfills or even dog-parks.
The goal of this workshop is to map and detect such spaces, define the functions of particular space and design and build interventions that will revive them