Baltic International Summer School 2018. The fourth Baltic International Summer School 2018 (B.I.S.S.) is successfully completed at the HafenCity University (HCU) in Hamburg during 10-18 August 2018.
Baltic International Summer School 2018. The fourth Baltic International Summer School 2018 (B.I.S.S.) is successfully completed at the HafenCity University (HCU) in Hamburg during 10-18 August 2018. The B.I.S.S. is a continuous academic exchange between disciplines of the built environment and presents a broader perspective on education and practice in the context of interdisciplinarity and interculturallity.
The B.I.S.S. focused on the collaboration between architects and engineers and related disciplines as urban design, urban planning, metropolitan culture and performing arts. In addition to the work in small interdisciplinary and internationally mixed groups, several public lectures and discussions with well-known experts, as well as guests from politics and public took place during the nine-day workshop.
The summer school has been taking place at the HCU for the last three years bringing together participants from the leading universities in the Baltic Sea Region: from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Germany. This year´s edition of the B.I.S.S. was the final one to be organized in Hamburg and it is documented as a short film.
The area east of Hamburg`s city center, in particular around the high-speed infrastructural joint „Billhorner Brückenstraße / Billhorner Röhrendamm“ was the stage for the B.I.S.S. 2018 topic “Beyond Urban Flows - Architecture and Engineering for Transition Places”. The project groups were asked to deal with the development of this specific area with a high importance for Hamburg: entrance to the city and at the same time a high density of major infrastructural elements. The main questions that were addressed here are how such transition places can be re-shaped, in a mid and long-term perspective, in order to bring to them more inner-city life qualities; how this area can become more attractive to pedestrians; how borders and limitations can be overcome? Within the workshop potentials and effects will be explored on all four levels: technical, functional, aesthetical and social. Thus, not only challenges typical for Hamburg were addressed, but also parallels and the transferability of solutions to the other harbor cities from the Baltic Sea Region were sought.
Team building activities such as “Cooking together”, “City exploration” were organized for the students, as a more relaxed way to socialize, to form working groups, to understand the city and site as well as to create a connection between countries, universities and individuals.