Schengen Summer School 2016: Architecture and Migration

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Kategorie(n): ARCH+ news, Summerschool, ARCH+ campus, University of Luxembourg

Registration is still possible due to some cancellations. The fee was reduced to 350€ including accommodation thanks to the generous support of the Valentiny Stifung.

The Schengen Summer School of Luxemburg University, scheduled for September 1–10, 2016, will look into the issue of the impact that the various forms of migration might have on urban planning and architecture and how architects and city planners can get involved in approaches to integrate migrants and refugees.

Whether it is the nomadic tribes of the stone age, the travelling nations of the middle ages, the rural population of the 19th century or the current wave of refugees that is fleeing war or environmental catastrophes – mankind has, throughout history, always been on the move, either to find a better life or even more importantly to secure survival. Migration is not just as old as human life itself, it is far older than architecture and its inherent goal of settling down people. Doug Sanders, in his book Arrival City, proposes to understand migration as one of the great opportunities of our time while also pointing out that integration of the newly arrived will require great dedication and on-going activities.

Schengen is the name of the small town where the agreement on the borderless Europe was signed – a historic achievement of the European Union that is increasingly challenged. Luxembourg as the host of the summer school is itself an “Arrival Country”, where more than half of the population has a migration background.

The Schengen Summer School will be split into two phases: a first, analytical phase, where experts from the various disciplines (architecture, urbanism, geography, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, history, political science…) will review and discuss migration processes in the global, European and regional context. A second phase will see the development of various architectural and urban planning approaches to the issue of migration, less as a supposed solution but more to show possible fields of activity. Migration impacts many aspects of our subject: the question of how we live together, whether we jointly design and use public spaces and spaces to work or how a joint identity can be forged.

The Schengen Summer School is targeted both at current students and graduates in the subjects of Architecture and Urban Planning, but also interested students with background in geography or social sciences. 

Saskia Sassen



Matthias Armengaud, Architect, AWP, Paris, Professor Université Fribourg

Friedrich Bokern, Politic analyst, Lecturer at Université Saint-Josepf Beirut, Director of the association „Relief & Reconciliation for Syria“, former member in the European Parliament’s President’s office

Arno Brandlhuber, Architect, Brandlhuber+, Berlin, Professor Academy of Fine Arts in Nurnberg, Akademie c/o 

Aglaée Degros, Urban planner, and Stefan Bendiks, Architect, Artgineering, Brussels, Co-Organisers of „Favorite(n) Arrival City“ in Vienna (2013-14) 

Eveline Dürr, Ethnologist, Professor Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institute for Ethnology 

Sébastien Marot, Philosopher, Landscape-Theoretician, Professor ENSA Marne-la-Vallée

Birte Nienaber, Geographer, Professor University Luxemburg, Head of European Migration Network 

Anh-Linh Ngo, Architect, Curator, Co-editor Arch+ 


Shahram Agaajani, Architect, Metaform, Luxemburg

Philippe Nathan, Architect, 2001 architecture, Luxemburg

Can Onaner, Architect, PHD, Associate Professor ENSA Marne-la-Vallée 

Véronique Patteeuw, Architect, PHD, Studio SNCDA, OASE, Associate Professor ENSA Lille 


University Luxembourg, Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education, Master „Architecture, European Urbanisation, Globalisation“, Florian Hertweck & Carole Schmit

Participants: 30 students or graduates in architecture, urban planning, geography or social sciences interested in spatial production. Language: English

Schedule: 1 – 10 September 2016

More informations:

Application: till 31 July 2016

Contact: / T. +352 46 66 44 95 10

Fees: 350€ – included are accommodation and breakfast in Schengen plus welcome-Dinner. It does not include travel expenses and other meals. 

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