Un-Urban Experiment: Træna (2018)
Participatory community architecture
An extended workshop gathering students from New York and Scandinavia to work together on concrete design issues between the urban and the "un-urban." This program was an exciting and rare collaboration between the School of Visual Arts (New York), Umeå School of Architecture (Sweden), the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Norway), and the Norwegian Centre for Design & Architecture. The Municipality of Træna and the Træna Artist in Residence program are hosting the program, with financial support from the Norwegian Arts Council and The Nordic Culture Point.
The workshop consisted of three weeks of intense collaboration and building, that culminated in an opening event during the Trænafestivalen (www.trena.net). A mixed team of design and architecture students worked with the challenge on redesigning the local Grendahus (community house). The goal was to find a new use, layout, design, and concept for the ground floor room and the outdoor space. The workshop was site-specific and based primarily on local requirements and conditions, but it was also open to the unexpected contributions that students with diverse experiences brought.