Karavasta 1st Edition – Regenerating and reuse the already existing

OPEN CALL
KARAVASTA 1ST EDITION

INTO THE WOOD – INTERNATIONAL ONLINE WORKSHOP
REGENERATING AND REUSE THE ALREADY EXISTING
1st – 12th February 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 07th JANUARY 2021
SEND YOUR PORTFOLIO AND CV AT: [email protected]
APPLICATION RESULTS: 15th JANUARY 2021

The Workshop deals with the regeneration and adaptive reuse project of the existing, circular design/construction process, using the sustainability criteria through innovative materials and limited economic resources.

The case study is located in the Divjakë-Karavasta National Park in Albania, where Dastu and INTBAU Albania, promoters of the workshop, in collaboration with the Municipality of Divjakë and the Park Authority has launched the three-year research project called “Urban Lab”. The Workshop explores the possibilities of rethinking and reusing some existing “ruins” within Divjakë-Karavasta National Park and linked to local historical memory – bunkers, military garrisons dating back to the Italian occupation between the 1930s, used for the internment of artists and writers during the Albanian civil war of 1997 – reconnecting them to the environment of the forest that hosts the buildings and rediscovering, in permanence and variations, new ways of living and share the experience of the park and its various ecologies.

The Workshop will cope with experimenting, using innovative construction systems with a series of international guests which work in the field of architecture, urban and landscape regeneration. Projects will be developed focusing on (even temporary) recovery and adaptive reuse of the buildings and their immediate context, with the constraint of studying circular construction processes and using limited economic resources.

SYNTHETIC PROGRAM

The workshop will be divided into different phases that will involve notonly students of the Polytechnic of Milano and the Polytechnic University of Tirana, the lecturers/guests and assistants, but also the Albanian reference entities.

Part 1 (2 days): Workshop preparation seminars with virtual inspections, meetings with local authorities and lessons dedicated to inspecting the workshop materials and illustrating ongoing research on the casestudy.

Part 2 (5 days): Seminar days are planned (with lectures and reviews held by various external guests) alternating with the development of group projects, coordinated by assistants and coordinators.

Part 3 (1 day): Final discussion con guests and forwards/greetings.

Part 4: production (2 days): Individual and group work with the support of assistants and coordinators to finish the materials produced during the workshop.