Transforming Transylvania

 

Innovation Workshop Movile

sketch Copyright: G. Habjanic

During a 10-day transdisciplinary workshop in the Transylvanian village of Hundertbücheln (also known locally as "Movile"), students will engage in an analytical and conceptual analysis of the processes of interaction between the village and its surrounding landscape. Over many centuries, these processes have shaped the architectural heritage, the structure of local farming and the surrounding cultural landscape. The aim of the workshop is to propose longer term concepts for the sustainable development of the landscape and the village’s architectural heritage in a way which preserves the local cultural identity of Movile.

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Transylvania's landscape of fortified churches is an impressive example of a European cultural landscape, which has been shaped through the centuries by the harmonious coexistence of ethnic German Transylvanian Saxons, the local Romanian population and Roma communities. The villages in Transylvania's Harbach Valley, with their characteristic fortified castles, stand as a testament to this history. Although the use of vernacular construction techniques and a knowledge of traditional building materials has continued to thrive in this region, this heritage is now under sever threat as a result of external influences.

Summerschool 02. - 11. September 2019

Students, local stakeholders, civil society initiatives and planners will work together to develop a design handbook for the villagers. Clear explanations of materials, ecological and spatial connections, recommendations for action and design statements will all assist citizens to implement proposed strategies independently in the future. With the help of graphically-illustrated creative guidelines, the handbook will enable a qualitative development of the village and its architectural character in the longer term.

  Transylvanian Churchfortress Copyright: Linescapes

Focus

The participants of the workshop will deal with imminent future challenges relating to their selected topic area for 10 days. For this purpose, the students will examine and analyze functioning and material flow aspects within the context of:

  • building material production
  • agricultural production and marketing
  • raw material use
  • water and waste management
  • mobility and supply structures

Through a comprehensive analysis of their selected topic, the students will evaluate structural connections and material relationships existing between the village, the landscape and the wider society. Subsequently, key topic-specific parameters will be identified and examined through proposed development scenarios. In the third part of the workshop, the students will design strategies to promote sustainable village development and the protection of basic services whilst continuing to place value upon everyday aspects of local life.

All steps of the process will be drawn up and prepared in the form of a graphic narrative. In partnership with local citizens, realistic priorities for action will be developed. These should encourage local citizens to implement actions independently, at low cost and without threatening the individual local character of the village. The required skills in landscape, analytical drawing and the basic methods of storytelling will be taught on-site by an employee of the "Linescapes" organisation.

Participants will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements. There will be a small cost for accommodation and meals. All further information, as well as the structure of the seminar, will be discussed during the info event (17.04.) as previously mentioned.

Cooperation with Churchfortress e.V., Stiftung Kirchenburgen and Linescapes.

 

Registration

for the elective topic is made via an application with a motivational essay on the theme of "Transforming Transylvania – Key factors in the relationship between people and landscape".

Explain the influence of the cultural landscape upon the village structure, or the connection between human activities and landscape structure for a self selected topic. Analyse a village of your choice and show your own approaches for improving the interaction between landscape and people. Use your imagination and feel free to develop your own vision of utopia - your ideas do not have to be economically realistic. The essay should be laid out in a mainly graphical format. The text component should be a maximum of 3000 characters (including spaces).

 
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Drawing a Landscape Panorama in Transylvania
 
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Drawing a Village in Transylvania in Bird's Eye View