„Context matters“: international spring school of architecture and urban planning Zagreb, open call for students – deadline extended to April 24th

 „Context matters“: international spring school of architecture and urban planning

Zagreb, April 28 – May 3 2017

Dear students,

In cooperation with the School of Architecture University of Detroit Mercy, SF:ius (Social Fringe: interesting untold stories, www.sfius.org), is organizing a student workshop „Context matters“ from April 28th to May 3rd 2017. The workshop focuses on the (re)contextualization of undesirable socialist heritage, along with rethinking the conservation, survival and revival of those forgotten places.

Combining lectures with field trips and practical work the workshop provides a unique intensive course in urban planning and memorial architecture of socialism. It will include site visits to Petrova gora, Spomen-park Dotrščina with other Zagreb city memorial sites. In the course of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to produce their own design projects in international teams, suggesting possible revival or conservational solutions for the visited sites and present their final work publicly.

Workshops on photography, diagramming, site analysis and graphics/visualizing data will be organized by Assistant professor Erika Lindsay from the School of Architecture, University Detroit Mercy.

The program also provides lectures about socio-political context, historical context, social heritage in post-socialist context and conservation, held by SF:ius members, in collaboration with other experts.

The call is open to students of architecture and design. If you’re interested in applying, please send your CV and a letter of intent in English to the following address: sfius@sfius.org with a subject “context matters: application 2017”.

Your CV should not be more than one page long and your letter of intent not longer than 500 words.

Aplication deadline is April 20th 2017. For additional information or questions, feel free to contact us. Application deadline has been extended to April 24th, 12:00 CET.

Looking forward to having you on our workshop team!


Erika Lindsay is founder of a media-infused research and design practice which embraces collaboration and curiosity through creating at many scales. Her recent work, documents the reappropriation of monuments in former Yugoslavia as part of her ongoing research into memorial elasticity. She studied at the University of Michigan where she earned a master of architecture and master of science in critical conservation. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in digital cinema from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. An assistant professor of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy, she is currently teaching a design studio focused on architectural conservation and adaptive reuse of difficult heritage as an exchange professor at the Warsaw University of Technology.

Download workshop schedule.