Call: Future Architecture Summer School

Desperate Houselives / Ideas for peri-urban areas


Desperate Houselives / Ideas for peri-urban areas

How to deal with the European hinterland? The Summer School will focus on the City of Graz: The town consists of 17 districts, from which we chose five: Puntigam, Liebenau, Straßgang, Wetzelsdorf and Gösting. All of them are located around the historic core of the city, forming a perimeter of undefined peri-urban outskirts. There are huge similarities between them. There is a lack of urbanity, centrality or any kind of spatial hierarchy. Each district contains a fragmented landscape with a mix of urban and rural characteristics. None of them has ever been in the center of attention, although current gentrification processes indicate a continuous rise of the number of people living there in the near future.

Ten young emerging architects from the Future Architecture Platform Pool will pass on their way of thinking and their working methods to 25 students. By bringing together two emerging architects from different architectural practices to lead one group together, new synergies and potentials can arise. Each group out of two tutors and five students is invited to work on one district in a collaborative way. We aim to generate an open work atmosphere where the possibilities of emerging ideas and strategies can be explored without any restrictions in order to put forth an alternative scenario for each area.

The results of the Summer School will be transferred into an exhibition during the last days of the two-weeks block. A booklet documenting the works will be produced simultaneously and printed until the opening of the exhibition on Friday September 7th. At the opening event guest critics will be invited to discuss the outcomes with us. The exhibition will stay open to the public for one week further.



Lera Samovich – fala atelier (PT)
Stefano Tornieri – Babau Bureau (IT)
Benedict Esche – Kollektiv A (DE)
Ibai Rigby – Parallel Sprawl (CH)
Akil Scafe-Smith – RESOLVE (GB)
Francisco Fonseca – SKREI (PT)
Samuele Squassabia Studiospazio (IT)
Therese Leick – TAB Collective (AT)
Francisco Moura Veiga – CARTHA (CH)
Elena Karpilova – Architectural Thinking School for Children (BY)



27 August 2018 – 7 September 2018



House of Architecture (HDA) in Graz.
Palais Thinnfeld, Mariahilferstraße 2, 8020 Graz, Austria



The Future Architecture Summer School is open to young people worldwide, studying in the field of Architecture / Design / Urbanism.






2 weeks






Participants should bring their own lap-top computers. WLAN is freely available.



Admitted participants are asked to pay a contribution fee of EUR 250,- (incl. taxes) including a two-weeklong design studio, 10 lectures and studio material; snacks on site, a roundtrip trough Graz, a trip to the vineyards of southern Styria and a goodbye party; a printed copy of the studio booklet; a Diploma for each attending student.
Travel expenses, accommodation, local transportation, meals and extra studio material are not included in the fee.
The payment of the fee is a condition for admission to Summer School.



We can provide an accommodation close to HDA during the whole stay for an extra fee of EUR 200,- (incl. taxes).



To apply for the Summer School please fill out our registration form and upload a short portfolio and CV as one single Pdf of max. 10 MB.

Please register here!

The 25 participants will be contacted via e-mail until 31 Mai 2018 and will receive further instructions to complete their registration. Contribution fees for admitted participants are of EUR 250 to be paid within the deadline of 12 June 2018.



20 May 2018



In 2015 the Future Architecture Platform was founded as the first pan-European platform where architecture institutions, festivals, producers and young creatives from various disciplines discuss ideas for the future of architecture and our cities and bring them closer to the wider public.
20 institutions from 16 countries are creating an individual program of exhibitions, conferences, lectures and studios and document their results in books and on the web. The focus is on dealing with visions for the future of architecture in Europe.
For 2018, 212 ideas by 492 creatives from 43 countries were generated by the Call for Projects. In February 2018 the 25 most interesting projects were presented at the so-called Matchmaking Conference in the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia.



The Future Architecture Summer School is part of the Architectural Summer 2018 and will be held in the House of Architecture in form of a publicly experienceable work situation.


until 20th of May