Studio Makkink & Bey is organising a Summer-WaterSchool on their farm in the Noordoostpolder in August. We are happy to invite students, designers and young professionals to attend to one of the two weeklong workshops (Monday until Friday): one starts the 12th of August and the other one starts the 19th of August 2019.
The intension of this Summer-WaterSchool is to focus on water in a rural and agricultural context by working along one of the six themes of the WaterSchool. These are clean, grow, harvest, make, build and document. For every theme of the WaterSchool Studio Makkink & Bey has chosen a material, a site on the farm and a thesis as the starting point of the working week. Together, these will serve to initiate conversations and designs, guided by a senior designer.
Your week at the Summer-WaterSchool
The workweek is a hands-on experience: practical, learning by doing whilst materials and tools from the farm. You will work and create in a small group (max 5 persons per group) guided by a senior designer guiding you.
After the introduction of WaterSchool and its themes and goals by Studio Makkink & Bey on Monday morning, the SummerSchool begins. The schedule of the week is defined by the students and the accompanying designer. The only thing that is fixed is that there will be a moment to present your results on Friday.
The subjects for study
Every of the two weeks will focus on three of the main WaterSchool themes. We intend to work on addressing these through the construction of small pavilions, which take into account the local context of the farm. This might be in the materials students use or in the issues they address.
Theme #clean | study site: the toilet | guiding designer: Thijmen van der Steen
How can we handle our bodily waste differently, so that it becomes useful to us once again?
Can this be done in such a manner that a connection to the sewer system is not necessary any longer?
Theme #grow & #build | study site: the farm garden | guiding designer Alexander Geijzendorffer
How can the local farm replace globalisation in desirable complex food products? What techniques used in the industry can be downscaled and localised?
Theme #harvest | study site: the acre | guiding designer Atelier NL
What are local raw materials? How can these be processed to produce tableware and other utensils needed for cooking and eating?
Theme #make | study site: the workshop | guiding designer Lucas Munoz
What local materials can be salvaged on site and in the nearby surroundings? Can these be re-applied in novel ways, in order to construct furniture and other structures for habitation?
Theme #document | study site: the weather report | guiding designer: Aliki van der Kruijs
How to map the ever-changing weather, and its influence on the landscape surrounding us?
Can we perceive rain not only as water falling from the sky, but also use it in a novel production process?
We invite students, designers and young professionals to apply for one of the two weeks in August.
There is limited space, only 5 students per theme, so you might want to hurry ;)
You can apply by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating:
- the theme you wish to work on
- the reason why you choose this theme (maximum 250 words)
- your cv and two images of relevant projects
Subscription closes on 1st of August 2019.
The workweek is from Monday to Friday, arrival on Sunday afternoon and departure on Saturday morning. The first week starts 12th August and the second week starts at 19th of August 2019. The costs for one week is only eur 500,00 (excluding VAT), you will receive an invoice that is to be paid in front. This includes accommodation, food (please inform us on your diet and/or allergies) and materials needed during the workshops. You will have to arrange your own transport to and from our location and provide for your own bed linen and towels, suitable working clothes, solid shoes, a raincoat and a warm sweater (it might be cold in the nights!).
Please be aware that the nearest pharmacy is not close, so you definitely want to bring your medication. If you are allergic to pollen please bring your allergy medication too. You are responsible for arranging sufficient insurance coverage for the duration of the workshop, like accident, liability and health insurance.