2012_Summer School 1.0_Day 5

Friday, 27th July, Day 5

The main part of the day was spent on the construction site and the four teams tried to involve the members of the families and show them the way in which they are to participate and continue their work. One of the teams was helped by the volunteers from the “Together for Them” Foundation. All four teams continued working on the functional aspect carried on the process of offering comfort and protection for the winter and the proposal of exterior finishing of the façade.

Rockwool offered a quantity of mineral wool for the thermal insulation of the constructions and on this occasion Emilian Grigore, technical support manager at the Romanian branch visited the social centre for non-formal education and the four houses that take part in the ArhiPera Sumer School in Dor Marunt.

During the late afternoon, Lorin Niculae made a brief presentation starting from Giancarlo Di Carlo’s manifesto, Architecture’s Public, and focused on the notions of motivation and participation as prerequisites for developing the democratic side of architecture. The house as the final expression of a design is not a finished item, it’s rather subjected to subsequent transformations, indicating the indeterminacy of design. There should be enough space left for creativity and the whole process is to start inside the community.

Afterwards, Prof.Dr.Augustion Ioan, in a discourse on architecture and poverty, talked about the importance of the community and the various ways in which its members can contribute to the building process. The participatory design must be the outcome of a balanced negotiation process between the architect and the beneficiary. Also, houses and other types of buildings can be made from “neglected materials” or “guest materials” either natural or recycled led, that are available on the construction site. Students should take into account the option of working pro bono by offering some of their time to the community, by using the resources that are at hand, their imagination and accept challenges. Thus, the search for the appropriate design concept and the actual process are essential.

House no.1 – the Marcu family

  • the students continued working on the social façade, by installing several shelves (insuring the communication with the exterior); also, they attached polycarbonate panels on the verandah, by ensuring a closed space that may provide protection against the wind and snow during winter.

House no.2 – the Lixandru family

  • the students continued the thermal insulation stage, attached the polycarbonate panels and sewed them using rope in an attempt to illustrate the notions of texture and pattern.

House no.3 – the Olguta Gheorghe family

  • the team carried on with the thermal insulation process, built a roofed pergola (a sheltered space used for storing tools and drying the clothes) and fixed flexible panels for the verandah.

House no.4 – the Capra family

  • The students continued the thermal insulation process and decorated the window frames with small pieces of coloured pottery and glass.