The UIC Barcelona School of Architecture’s Vertical Workshop, is a workshop held over approximately ten days, undertaken during the first week of the academic year. It has been one of the most important and representative events held by the School since it was founded in 1997. The Vertical Workshop in the School of Architecture brings together students from first through to fifth year who are mixed up into different teams, each led by a couple of renowned national young architects, who together create a real architecture project based on social aims.
The theme of the 2016-2017 Vertical Workshop will be architecture and the city of Barcelona. The aim behind it is to design an element that can be reproduced so as to carry out urban action to occupy public space, activity on the street.
"Doggy Bag": the reuse of discarded resources and the public domain
The primary material to produce the designed elements has to be recycled material. This is done in order to provide a second chance to furniture and other castoff objects so that disadvantaged groups can then take advantage of them. The idea is to raise awareness about reusing objects and the primary material they are made from, and to study alternative ways to occupy public space.
For the second consecutive year, the CTPA (Confederation of Architectural Project Workshops) has created a common framework to work and reflect on a question of general interest. This year, the topic chosen is the Public Domain for Undertaking Horizontal Action that involves participation from professors and students from various teaching groups.
The designed elements produced by the various teams will be exhibited on the street, occupying public space, in agreement with Barcelona City Council and the Urban Ecology Agency for Barcelona, within the framework of the superblock plan for the Eixample area. The action will involve at least one social group and the elements produced will be used to help the said group.