MEDS Gent 17

8th edition
230 design students
40 different countries
15 projects
Gent, Belgium
30_07 > 14_08_2017


urban haven

the city as breeding ground of initiative and creativity

We see how more and more citizens around the world engage themselves to shape their surroundings in different but collaborative ways. Also in Gent, local initiatives question the existing structures and experiment with new social models.

They fight for the commons, transparency and a circular economy in reaction to climate change and scarcity of materials, energy and space. The internet is used to share their ideas open source with everyone. Inspired by their enthusiasm and vision on a sustainable environment, MEDS dives into the bottom up culture.

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.


A large scale flag inspired by Gent`s urban haven created through a variety of image making and print production. Each element of the flag represents an aspect of what we have experienced as a group; the crane showing the industrial history and strength of people; the circle being the re-use, re-cycle culture; the vegetable depicts representing local sourcing and the bridge represents the connection between people through community.

Tutor: Katie Lock
Participants: Veronika Vasileva, Jana Horvat, Dora Kasun, Andreas Panagiotou, Aleksandra Lilovska, Jean Pierre Attard, Poppy Camden, Cerys Scorey, Olha Koval, Elena Jaramazovic, Ivona Petrov, Rok Hudobivnik, Tina Dernovšek
partner: 019

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Constructing a pig shelter in the form of a lightweight folding structure by investigating the characteristics of connections and the opportunities of open source.

Tutor: Jelena Jelačić, Sofija Mašović
Participants: Luis Undritz, Ciara Shine, Anđela Marković, Ekin Girgin, Kate Tierney, Bojan Ćirović, Marta Wróblewska, Aleksandra Dzienniak, Marwan Zgheib, Maria Bassil, Sanja Radovanović
partner: Spilvarken

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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.

Tutor: Andreas Vanysacker, Andriy Bruyninckx
Participants: Sarah Dobjani, Veronika Karchmit, Elli Protopapadaki, Beatrice Piccardi, Hristina Mijalcheva, Dinca Ana, Diana Bogdan, Elena Comeras, Stepan Pozhidaev, Ulrich Kneisl, Rahul Palagani, Bhumit Shah, Sammy Zarka, Piotr Mrzyk, Marijana Kovachki, Vadzim Kurnevich, Teuta Bajrami, Mane Hayrapetyan
partner: Rooffood

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To reform the existing isolated fence with 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.

Tutor: Artur Nitribitt, YuenFung Cheung
Participants: Clara Viñuales luna, Zsófia Telek, Tugce Ari, Bill Walsh, Diellza Zogaj, Qendrese Termkolli, Karina Dikova, Hleb Rudzenia
partner: DOK

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What will the workspace of tomorrow look like? We start from the people working in the supplied space and the problems they are facing as well as the general feeling with the surroundings. The output of the projects will be based on user centered exploration and research. We created products for and with the local people in NEST.

Tutor: Moritz Kremer, Tony Beyer
Participants: Ivana Koretic, Leto Demetriadou, Katerina Marinaki, Aspasia Antonia Kouridaki, Aanchal Soni, Shpat Ademaj, Iiaconi Cristian, Blagoje Cabrilo, Dorde Doderovic, Laura Covaci, Marija Pilcevic, Katarina Ognjenovic, Nusa Mihalic, Eduardo Crespo, Alberto Ibáñez Puértolas, Nazlı Aral, Michael Mallinder-MacLeod, Tin Jakopec, Nadezda Todorovic
partner: NEST

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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.

Tutor: Andreas Papallas, Antonis Stylianou
Participants:Alesia Miklashevich, Maria Lagoudi, Dominikos Alexandros Wildeboer, Marianna Tsapepa, Papamichelakis Eleftherios, Ankith Narayan, Antonio Canu, Saranda Kadriu, Sandra Przepiorkowska, Aneta Szatanik, Cristina Lordache, Nadezda Todorovic, Tijana Zisic, Michèle Stöcklin, Mirjam Ragossnig, Baris Doga Cam
partner: 019

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The goal was to refurbish and redesign a small houseboat from the 1940’s. The so called „Butterfly” boat is owned by IN DE RUIMTE a Belgian initiative, who rents out the boat to artists. With 12 amazingly motivated participants from 12 different nationalities, we took up the challenge to fight obsolescence through recycling materials and using minimalistic design techniques, getting the most out of the small space in only 10 working days.

Tutor: Carlota Stuermer, Jennifer Beitel
Participants: Iva Keselicová, Elli Kikidi, Anvitaa Patil, Saumya Joseph, Natradee Quek, Lydia Morgan, Gent Paloka, Veljko Vulanovic, Nojoud Ashour, Shaharin Annisa, Anna Ginter, Ana Jerónimo
partner: In de ruimte

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An experience of creativity combined with handwork: everyone can explore the potential of the scrap. From one input – the basic element – there will be one up to infinite outputs, depending on the personal sensibility and creativity of each participant.

Tutor: Claudia Dima, Cristina Duminica, Giovanna Muzzi
Participants: Anastasia Prokhorehik, Taisia Mukho, Florian Van Devoorde , Stijn De Kegel, Marta Letica, Jarmila Fucikova, Hadir Hanna Mahmoud, Aswin Kumar, Abdullah Lizu, Deimis Bakunas, Duygu Gökoglu, Serkan Ateş, Olivia Christodoulides, James Dent, Rafaël Serra

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’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. Whole structure is designed within the open structures system, so it can be disassembled and assembled in different ways.

Tutor: Amal Al-Shahari, Olga Kreft
Participants: Kejsi Fusha, Nune Aghasaryan, Aleksandra Sudnikovich, Natallia Nemogucheva, Aäron Leman, Pierre Ramaekers, Marketa Ekrtova, Shikha Garg, Siddhant Gupta, Helena Doboszová, Alice Cavicchi, Elena Bacis, Nita Lloncari, Katja žagar, Adrian Alfonso Laborda, Michael Ryter, Dimitri Leimgrübler, Josh Berry
partner: TOTUM vzw

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The Hive will be proposed as a daily product, which differs from other projects. Main goal of the project is to connect people with each other and with MEDS.

Tutor: Altıner Yıldırım, İdil Sındır, Sevgin Başarı
Participants: Aurora Isufi, Dragana Dekic, Sandra Kostadinova, Agonis Gorcaj, Sara Sokolovska, Alperen Sahin, Gjergj Uka, Milovanoff Paul-Gauthier


In efforts to make a safe haven for biodiversity amongst birds as well, the urban haven needs smart homes for their winged inhabitants. With Urban Data Birds, we want to build a visual refugee for birdlife that can be monitored. How can we use this data to raise awareness for biodiversity in the city?

Tutor: Matthias Pedro Coscoñas, Smaranda Ilie
Participants: Pauline Martchouk, Guillermo Ráfales Sancho, Paula Lopez, Steve Cassar
partner: Digipolis and Trendwolves

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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.

Tutor: Maria Lucia Cruz Correlate
Participants: Mia Martinovic, Marek Svoboda, Tastani Felisia, Sally Al-Ejeilat, Giancarlo Muñoz, Alex Curtis, Rossella, Barbalat Cristina, Joanna Wirkus, Kamila Haja, María , Esra Oner, Almila, Steven Alejandro Whitehouse
partner: Urban action clinic

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Labland is an experiment that will lead to innovative housing in the city. How do we make a home self-sufficient and recyclable, constructed with second hand materials? How do we shrink or enlarge a house according to the needs of a family? And how can we optimally use shared spaces for relaxation or work? This summer, Labland builds an affordable and demountable home at DOK.

Tutor: Steven Vromman, Robbe Van Poucke
Participants: Ruben Van Vooren, Vera Mincheva, Erëza Emini, Stan Bianca-Roxana, Madalina Marinescu, Pablo Magdalena, Duong Vu Hong
Local partner: Labland


In efforts to make a safe haven for biodiversity amongst birds as well, the urban haven needs smart homes for their winged inhabitants. With Urban Data Birds, we want to build a visual refugee for birdlife that can be monitored. How can we use this data to raise awareness for biodiversity in the city?

Tutor: Martina Abela, Michaela Borg
Participants: Pauline Martchouk, Guillermo Ráfales Sancho, Paula Lopez, Steve Cassar
partner: Digipolis and Trendwolves

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MEDS Motel

We will be living under an open hangar in the setting of the old harbour, in walking distance to the worksites.

We got the chance to work with the start-up ‘Kartent‘. A kartent is a cardboard tent that is reusable, waterproof and 100% recyclable.

A bar and common space will be located at the accommodation where you can buy drinks and snacks during lunch or before going into town.

Breakfast and dinner are included and will be served at the accommodation.
Dinner will be provided by Avalon, a restaurant in Gent which serves organic and vegetarian food. It will be fresh, it will be local, it will be sustainable, it will be amazing.


Every day activities are organised for everyone who is interested, ranging from lectures and movies to jam sessions and yoga. According to tradition there will be a national evening where all nationalities bring their national food delicacies, drinks and music.  At the Belgian evening we will fully immerse ourselves into the Belgian culture. After these two events, we will have a day off to relax or go on an excursion.