Brussels, Belgium

Heritage and innovation: Art Nouveau

when 29 June 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 950

The Summer School "Heritage and Innovation : Art Nouveau, a laboratory for past, present and future challenge" is a 10-day summer programme in English organised by the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta at Université libre de Bruxelles combining lectures and exclusive site visits in the Brussels area led by renowned experts.

From the beginnings of Art Nouveau to its peak, from private mansion to public building, from furniture to ornamentation, from destruction to preservation, you will undertake a journey through European culture and history and examine the relationship between heritage and innovation through the lens of Art Nouveau.

The program will shed lights on how Art Nouveau blossomed in Brussels and will allow you to discover the city on the footsteps of pioneers such as Victor Horta, Paul Hankar and Henry van de Velde. Participants will also address how the movement spread across Europe and infused society well beyond architecture. They will examine how Art Nouveau can act as a laboratory to tackle current and future challenges related to preservation and renovation, cultural heritage and tourism, as well as the role of heritage as an economic resource. With a view to foster transdisciplinary, participants will also broaden their perspectives by reflecting on the link between Art Nouveau shapes and recent outreaches in metamaterial physics, selfstable structures, and deployable structures.

Bringing together a transnational and transdisciplinary team of lecturers, this summer school offers a unique opportunity for a dialogue between students, academics, and experts such as curators, architects and practitioners involved in heritage and urban policies.

Target group

The summer school is open to students in their final year of Bachelor degree, Master and PhD students. Applications by students from various backgrounds including architecture, art, history, philosophy, cultural management, urbanism and engineering are welcome.

Fee info

EUR 950: This fee includes course content and material, study visits, local transportation related to visits in Brussels, welcome and farewell drinks. This fee does not include accommodation, meals, travel costs and any other expense.