EASA 'Hospitality'

Finding the Framework

Fredericia, Denmark, 2017

The theme “Hospitality. Finding the framework” resonates with the history of Fredericia and the challenges the city now faces, as well as it relates to the current political situation in Europe and the world. The theme is divided into two practical sub-themes, linked to research on hospitality and to endeavors of finding a framework for it. These follow the classical division of EASA workshops into theoretical, practical and workshops, which combine the two parts of the theme. We are addressing a particularly important and urgent contemporary issue - the crisis of hospitality. In this world of obliged and desired mobility, the way we welcome each other is essential.

We believe our cities need to be open and friendly for social diversity, as we are when we welcome guests to our homes. Nowadays, the concept of hospitality is being commercialized and the initial idea is being misinterpreted. It implies that some categories of people (immigrants, newcomers, refugees, people with special demands or differences) face challenges and difficulties in their everyday life. Ones are not able or not allowed to come to certain areas or even countries, others need to pay for help or be outcasted. To respond to this, we need to find, understand and implement new hospitality in the current social framework. We believe that only through an ongoing process of formal and informal interactions within and between individual communities and different cultures, new humanity will emerge. Architects are believed to be in charge of the form of the built environment, not its content. Nevertheless, architectural framework affects content. Through architecture we can sense how new forms can make a difference for the progress of world civilization. We, young architects, should learn how to construct the new physical environment for hospitality, and provide solutions for social mistrust.

Pictures by Alexandra Kononchenko

Foreigner Bodies workshop

EASA Hospitality Summary Video - by Alexandra Kononchenko

About hospitality - documentary directed by Lucas Bonnel - sound by Bart Bellamy

workshops

Babel 

Type: Desigh and Construction

Tutors: Paula Brücke, Michael Hammerschick, Christoph Holzinger, Clemens Hoke,  Marina Urosevic

Participants: Dorien Tulp, Nick van de Werdt, Milos Petrovic, Alden Bajramspahic, Oana Dascaloiu, Konul Shirin, Tahmina Gasimli, Karina Picus, Nele Bergmans, Laura Frediani, Anneleen Brandt, Martin Kunc, Klea Sulka, Konstantin Frolov, Aleksander Gadomski, Michael Ivanov, Andrej Krokhin, Reyes Liébana Blanco, Flora Offra, Lluis Montoliu, Marta Soler, Begoña Torreira, Miguel Hernandez, Enia Kukoč, Vana Pavlić, Gleb Ivantsov, Maykal Mateev, Fedde Holwerda, Nikita Akulenko

Taking the bible story of the tower of BABEL as a starting point the workshop offered creators (aka participants) the chance to construct their ideas on a defined site without long planning processes, creating structures that served all easians. The tutors just took care of the framework that was necessary to allow the creators to start building from day one and mediated and communicated with the creators to ensure a connected structure is created.

Babette

 

Type: Architectural Activism / Research-based Design / Urbanism

Tutors: Atelier Kite, Kata Fodor, Seosamh O'Muircheartaigh-joe, Florian Siegel

There is a fascinating complex system behind feeding 600 people at a festival - one that is a matter of design as much as hospitality. Our workshop actively engaged with all this entails from supply to waste - challenging how we relate to the effort, mechanisms, products and people involved; and discovering what new urban constructs these might enable in Fredericia. EASA’s own collaborative kitchen, inside Fredericia’s hospital, was gradually transformed into a permanent public facility for the town: Babette’s - Fredericia Food Lab.

Biosphere

 

Type: Crafts

Tutors: Patrycja Czaplinska, Sara Czerwinska

Participants: Anu Hakola, Miisa Lehtinen, Rhea McCarthy, Victoria Ananyan, Emil Srbljanin, Lida O'Shea

„Life exists only in the biosphere; organisms are found only in the thin outer layer of the Earth’s crust, and are always separated from the surrounding inert matter by a clear and firm boundary (...). In its life, its death, and its decomposition an organism circulates its atoms through the biosphere over and over again, but living matter is always generated from life itself. A considerable portion of the atoms in the Earth’s surface are united in life, and these are in perpetual motion. Millions of diverse compounds are constantly being created, in a process that has been continuing, essentially unchained, since the early Archean, four billion years ago.”
The Biosphere, Vladimir I. Vernadsky

BioSPHERE workshop was a place where the HOSPITALITY theme was explored within the collaboration of the city and EASA community. Located in the city center, we invited both EASA participants and citizens of Fredericia, to join us in creating jar enclosed ecosystems. 

While creating, we discussed ecology issues, the place of nature in the city, circular economy and mimicry in architecture. The materials used during the workshop were recycled or reused, coming from the local shops and organizations. 

Pictures by Maciej Marszal and Alexandra Kononchenko and the participants.

The Bubble

 

Type: Design & Construction, Community

Tutors: Hugo Cifre, Margarita Fernández, Álvaro Gomis, Miguel Ángel Maure 

The purpose was to create a space which reacts and adapts to the experiences that are taking part inside. A bubble whose form is never the same, that catalyses a diversity of activities and is able to generate a framework in which everyone’s ideas can fit in. From a meditation unipersonal space to a crowded dance salon the Bubble’s form would change every day reflecting the different scales of activity that take place during the two weeks of EASA. Along the two weeks The Bubble was available for other workshops to interact and develop a part of their activities inside. A place to interact with local collectives, a place to rest, a place of celebration, meditation, exhibition.

A City with Many Sounds

 

Type: New media

 

Tutors: Lorenz Krauth, Maria Freimann

Participants: Tigran Asatryan, Ričardas Bertašius, Jigyas Bora, Luīze Eglīte, Dravis Kavaliauskas, Busisiwe Mgwenya, Kira Brentano, Anna Valstrøm, Beāte Zavadska 

Finding the framework through two canals: sound (passive) and encounter (active). Every process and outcome of the workshop was bound to one of these aspects. The outcome became an auditive map of Fredericia and special furniture which also adapted the city’s grid. The grid-installation, the special stools and the sound installation were built during the workshop. 

Pictures by Luīze Eglīte

The Cool workshop 

Type: Crafts & Performance

Tutors: Ionuț Popa, Dana Cucoreanu 

Participants: Alžběta Nováková, Kaisa Lindström, Mario Peko, Filip Pračić, Teodora Lungu, Vjera Sleutel, Sandra Draganić, Nika Gabiskiria 

One of the main topics of thecoolworkshop was diving into personal researches towards the subject(s) of borders and limits while triggering aspects of intercultural tolerance in a physical and performative manner, by different ways of putting the questions in the planned (and unplanned) agenda. The workshop was concentrated around working with the least amount of requested materials from the organizing structure (its aim being therefore the cheapest workshop) on stressing out individual explorations by doing a lot with as little as possible.

The process was structured on a daily basis in different chapters, transcending slowly from body-related actions (group cohesion and physical environment cognition centered) towards crafting (eg. linocut atelier) and spatial/social interventions (questioning the cultural and physical limits between the inner aspects of EASA - seen as a collage of different individuals) toward the end.

Colour

 

Type: Community & Construction

 

Tutors: Louis Pohl, Ben Rea, Sam Atkinson, Rémi Buscot

Paticipants: Yara Abu Aataya, Matteo Armenante, Sveta Devyatkina, Mattea Fenech, Liza Goncharenko, Cazembé Henry, Ella Kaira, Emily Karras, Clothilde Kerstin Josserand, Kristijan Mamic, German Mitish, Jakub Pagacz, Maria Pastukh, Adéla Peclová, Dragan Petrovic, Shreyansh Sett, Mayya Rozhonovskaya

The colour workshop proposes a new international art residency and gallery programme which kick-started in EASA 2017.

Misinformation is becoming a signature of the information age. The world is closing borders. Because we are the designers, we must act quickly to create positive platforms for sharing culture. Through artistic residencies, we can break down barriers at the most powerful level, the domestic domain. By living with people we may never have a chance to spend time with and making art together we can liberate our everyday lives. Developing a gallery which explores culture on a national level is a proven way to shift wider perception on a subject. This mobile pavilion was made to move inside the city, gathering the neighbours, and activating streets and public spaces.

Current

 

Type: Design & Construction

Tutors: Katrina Gauci, Lucia Calleja

Paticipants: Tracey Sammut, Leanne Cassar Mallia, Chrysostomos Sofroniou, Eleftherios Kaimakliotis, Kleanthis Kyriakou, Polly Amery, Ucha Zgudadze, Aseil Al-Refai, Finbarr Duerden, Sean Corcoran, Enrica Perrot, Mario Leonardo Melano, Dovile Seduikyte, Sara Kocevska, Mukesh Byrareddy, Mimi Oldenhave, Katie Jackson, Natalia Malejka, Fraser Birtwistle, Denis Hitrec, Elias Grip, Angela Shepherd Diaz 

The concrete pavilion serves as protection from and celebration of Fredericia’s continuous rainfall. The series of spaces is crafted from impermeable and permeable volumes creating places for both seclusion and interaction that flow seamlessly into one another. Water not only flows away from the structure but through it; the concrete controlling its movement and enabling its visitors to watch and listen, engaging their senses from a sheltered space. The pavilion provides the grounds for recreation, encouraging users to strip away formalities and ultimately provide a hospitable social environment.

DWG / KOSMOS XENIOS

 

Type: Crafts

Tutors: Giorgos Kyriazis, Sofia Stylianou

Paticipants: Ioana Alexandra Radu, Christine Jørgensen, Aida Selenica, Andi Cenollari, David Grahn Hellberg, Alba Kuci, Heljä Nieminen, Jack O’Hagan, Maris Mänd, Diana Ferro

DWG X KOSMOS XENIOS emerged out of the interest to understand the capabilities and processes related with drawing/image as an architectural tool in conveying concepts and operating relevantly in today’s complex world. At the same time the transformation of the ‘complete’ drawing into an image alongside with its mass reproduction and exposure in the media calls for an immediate reappraisal of the relationship between the author and the beholder. The workshop confronts this issue and explores its potential by proposing alternative ways of understanding and practicing the concept of hospitality.