MEDS Gent ’17
200 design students
30 different countries
30_07 > 14_ 08_2017
the city as breeding ground of initiative and creativity
Old harbour dockyards of Gent
A large abandoned site at the eastern border of the citycenter and next to the harbour will transform within the next decades into a new neighbourhood. Awaiting this development, it currently offers enormous opportunities for creative experiments among local initiatives. They can temporally use old hangars to reactivate this industrial area, transforming the site in a breeding ground of creativity and initiative, an urban haven.
Projects are written in close collaboration with local pioneers and international tutors. They will be used and sustained after the workshop by the involved initiatives and the project designs will be shared as open source material online.
The workshop closes with an expo, where the realised projects are presented to the public. In the unique scenery of the site and impressive water surface, an open air walk connecting the projects, tells the story of urban haven in Gent.
PIG PACKAGE_ Constructing a pig shelter in the form of a lightweight folding structure by investigating the characteristics of connections and the opportunities of open source.
~ Jelena & Sofia with Het Spilvarken
CRITICAL MASS_ Upcycle bikes originally to boost the activism in the streets on a critical mass event. Learn about the mechanics of bikes and how to weld.
~ With Critical Mass Gent
ROOF UPON ROOF_ In the midst of Ghent’s roofscape, Roof Food’s beautiful kitchen garden is in need of an upgrade in infrastructure. Learn to devise and craft a light wooden structure comprising a permanent shelter and a community table. During the workshop a set of interesting challenges will be tackled ranging from wooden joinery and structural stability to drapery, material finishes and detailing.
~ Andreas & Andriy with Rooffood
NO FENCE_ To reform the existing isolated fence with a new structure and reflective elements into a vibrant and dynamic gate to give a positive identity in the harbour area. On quiet days to welcome the local community and the visitors, while re-connecting to the surroundings. And once the wind sets the surface in motion, it creates a dynamic and intangible experience to change our perception of the boundary.
PEPPER’S GHOST_ Work within an old welding factory to design and construct a light transferral artefact/device using mirrors, translucent and transparent surfaces and an existing moving crane. Learn about the cinematic holography technique called ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ and specialised software to manipulate projected light and video.
THE BUTTERFLY_ Refurbish and reactivate the Butterfly boat in a dual approach for an inspiring stay on water. Firstly by fighting obsolescence through reuse and recycling. Secondly through minimalistic design techniques to get the most out of the small space.
~ Carlotta & Jennifer with In de Ruimte
MASH UP_ An experience of creativity combined with handworking: everyone can explore the potential of the scrap. From one imput – the basic element – there will be one up to infinite outputs, depending on the personal sensibility and creativity of each participant.
~ Giovanna, Claudia & Cristina with ONBETAALBAAR
TOTOUT 9_ ’People like to sit where there are places for them to sit’- Whilliam H. Whyte used to say. A flexible structure to gather, have a drink, watch sport-fields, talk and play is designed to transform to the way it suits the situation best.
~ Olga & Amal with TOTUM
COMMON DREAMS_ Creating a floating sculpture, which will be a common ground to reflect about climate change and to unveil questions about ‘Home’. A survival experience, while pedalling and dreaming about a future living scenario.
THEORY/CURATION EXPO_ The reflection on the theme ‘urban haven’ by discussing the literature, lectures, documentaries and debate to be able to curate the final expo of the different projects as one comprehensible story.
REC/DOC_ Originally capturing the event with various media as a camera, journals, film, pin up boards and more.
Under construction. Stay tuned.