CASA (Coimbra Architecture Summer Atelier) is an intensive eleven-day workshop organized from 21st to 31st of July by the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra, in Portugal. Combining practical and theoretical modules, CASA focuses on several problems of the city of Coimbra, aiming to work the built environment from its social, architectural and urban context.
It consists mainly of design workshops where participants, guided by ateliers tutors, can develop proposals that respond to the themes presented; and in conferences and debates where concepts, ideas and projects are conferred in order to strengthen the strategies to be developed. Origin is the main theme of this inaugural edition and includes three secondary themes: Void, Ephemeral and Limit, from which critical solutions are applied to specific problems.
CASA provides an environment of architectural experiment dedicated to the debate of ideas, the cult of knowledge and the promotion of a cultural space. Therefore, the participants will find there a space of interaction with professionals who dedicate themselves daily to the contemporary practice of Architecture, as well as to its teaching and research. Embracing diverse nationalities, cultures, ages and formative processes, CASA intends to cross practices, knowledge, experiences, generations and ideas, having as its main goal the creation of innovative design proposals in Coimbra as a contemporary artifact of reflection and intervention.
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