Mapping the Infrastructures of a New Town
July 30 – August 10 2019 Tingbjerg Film + Architecture
In 2019, the CAFx Summer School will focus on portraying the segregated infrastructures* of a post-war new town** structured around a branched hierarchy of infrastructures.
Planned in the 1950s, Tingbjerg is a large social housing estate, surrounded by nature on the northwest edge of the Copenhagen Municipality, just 10 km from the city centre. The prominent Danish architect Steen Eiler Rasmussen planned Tingbjerg together with the leading landscape architect C. Th. Sørensen inspired by the English New Town model.
On the one hand, Tingbjerg is classified as a built environment with a high conservation value, on the other hand it is on the national list of ghetto areas in Denmark. Currently, the area houses about 6,000 inhabitants, distributed on approximately 2,100 apartments.
The CAFx Summer School 2019 takes place in Tingbjerg and aims to create short cinematic portraits of the stories, connected to the local infrastructures. We will unfold the narratives on the basis of analogue ethnographic fieldwork onsite. At the end of the summer school, we will display and screen the films and fieldwork at a public premiere.
During the summer school, we will examine various infrastructures to uncover and explore how Tingbjerg was originally designed, how it has evolved and how the everyday life is lived between the houses today. This includes questions of mobility, security, landscape, practices of everyday life, connectivity to the rest of Copenhagen, private/public spaces, etc. in an area where everybody was initially newcomers as New Towns by definition have no ‘original’ inhabitants– every resident is a migrant.
Through ethnological field work combined with analogue mapping methods, photography and gathering of stories, the participants will be able to understand the area’s culture and context from within and learn from the local places and the people.
Based on the collected knowledge, the participants will develop a film concept individually or in groups that portrays an aspect of the infrastructure in Tingbjerg. Be it an architectural centre, a social point of reference or something completely different.
The CAFx summer school is open to both students and professionals with a background in professions, relevant to the fields of architecture and film, or those who are interested in exploring new interdisciplinary environments/collaborations. Applicants are expected to have a basic experience in working with film.
The architect Susanne Eeg from the association Onsdagsskolen is the convener of the program while guest lecturers, practitioners and other relevant professionals will give talks, lectures and workshops.
- Course period: 30 July – 10 August 2019
- Tuition fee: 450 EUR
- Accommodation, meals and film equipment not included.
- Application: Deadline 24 May.
- How to apply: Email a short motivation letter and a portfolio of relevant work to email@example.com
The overall theme of the Summer School is infrastructure. Infrastructure refers to the basic facilities and interrelated systems within the neighbourhood. On one level, this refers to the physical installations, facilitating transport and communication, such as pathways, water supply, pipelines, power grids, telecommunications, etc. On another level, it includes the “soft” infrastructure, maintaining economic, health, social and cultural standards, such as parks, recreational facilities, local associations, etc. Thus, infrastructures encompass, all the elements that are necessary to enable, maintain or improve the social living conditions.
New Towns refer to cities or neighbourhoods built from a tabula rasa condition after World War II in order to relocate people and jobs from stressed metropolitan areas to new, planned urbanizations. In Denmark, the ‘Fingerplan’ from 1947 was the first regional urban development plan with satellite towns. The planning principle was to concentrate future urban growth on the local train system in five outflows – fingers – from Copenhagen.
Previous Summer Schools
Architecture has had a starring role in movies and documentaries since the beginning of filmmaking. But recently the boundaries between the disciplines have become more fluid as architects increasingly incorporate the film medium into their work. Both employing cinematic techniques as processual tools and as documentation with a broad appeal to a wide audience.
The Copenhagen Architecture Festival investigates the role and impact of architecture in our lives and the world we live in. Each year, the festival explores and presents ideas on the relation between the architectural world and human life through a broad public program of talks, films, performances, workshops, seminars and exhibitions in collaboration with various institutions and (inter)national partners. Additionally to festival activities CAFx has since 2016 hosted a yearly summer school exploring the obvious and the unspoken relation of architecture and film.
The interest in this niche is growing within both professions, and the Copenhagen Architecture Festival aims to explore not only the intersection between the two disciplines but also the architectural filmmakers. Providing a platform for both the artistic works as well as education and learning.