Latvia, Cesis


when 23 July 2016 - 6 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 880

In 2015, for the first time ever, Oxford Dictionaries declared an emoji — the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ — to be the Word of the Year. Conventional language, allegedly, is impoverished and lagging behind the times. Emojis, however, are increasingly recognised as a nuanced form of expression that crosses cultural barriers.

Likewise, architectural language is under pressure to bring it up to the speed. From contemporary art to commerce, housing and humanitarian aid, small–scale instant architecture is proving to be an adaptable, diverse and resilient answer to the urgent needs of our day. Like emoji, these spatial interventions are symptomatic and temperamental protagonists of the architecture of now.

With this in mind, the Summer School invites participants to research, write and improve the rudimentary vocabulary of instant architecture. Can instant architecture help us open up new channels of communication to the public?

Course leader

Programme director — Evelina Ozola
Managing director — Toms Kokins

Target group

During the Summer School, participants work in a multidisciplinary and international environment. Focus of the course is architecture, urbanism and design, but we also welcome students and young professionals of related disciplines — geography, sociology, design, arts etc.

Applicants should have completed at least one year of studies by the beginning of the course, speak English fluently and enjoy working in a team. The age limit for the Summer School is 18–35.

Course aim

We offer an intensive two–week programme of lectures, discussions and workshops, as well as sightseeing trips and parties. Experienced tutors will guide the participants through a complete architectural project: research, design, prototyping and construction of life–size installations in the public realm.

Participants will work hands–on with creating actual events and spatial structures that accommodate public interactions. At the activation of the installations, the results will be instant.

Fee info

EUR 880: The fee covers registration, tuition, accommodation, meals, materials and tools for the workshops, field trips and parties.


We will award a limited number of scholarships to excellent applicants. A scholarship may cover up to 80% of the tuition fee; the amount of financial support depends on the number of applications received.