We invite you to part-take in inhabiting and continuing building our settlement in the final year of Hello Wood’s Project Village Programme!
Project Village is a three year long architectural experiment that examines the relationship between communities and their built environment through part-taking in the politics and process of building and ultimately establishing its own settlement.
We started Project Village in 2015 when we built the “Portable Village” where we tested the travelling settlement as an event-catalyst and community space. In 2016 we found our final destination and settled in Csoromfolde. Through our theme, “Settling-Rituals of Arrival” we made the first architectural steps towards our vision: Building the permanent rural campus of Hello Wood’s nomadic faculty.
This year we will bring the settlement to life! We will move in, live, learn, work, party in our Village. Together we will pursue building and will further define the identity and cultural vibrancy of our campus. We will continue, question and reflect on the artefacts of settling from 2016, strengthening the threads of our community and ultimately the village fabric. Constructing our village on the border of the ideal and real, we will equally respond to the day-to-day challenges at hand as well as composing future scenarios of habitation and learning.
Hello Wood started as an art camp in 2010 for students in architecture, art and design and has grown into an award winning, unique international summer school involving more than 20 universities and 30 countries. Hello Wood integrates various fields of art, design and science; builds community and encourages talent. All projects are shared, developed and built in a collaborative process. Students from various fields, nationalities and institutions work together with practicing professionals and academics.
Projects are mostly constructed from wood and the results of a unique interplay of art, innovation and social commitment. Promoting the idea of “thinking with your hands”, Hello Wood provides a unique experience in the craft of building, inventing, testing and an intimate understanding of the material itself. It has the ability to provide a productive reciprocity between a concept, the design and its realization. We believe that being socially responsive and utilizing material constraints in an innovative way is crucial in achieving sustainability.
Our goal is to promote the construction process as a platform for discussion, innovation and exchanging knowledge. Hello Wood is a profoundly democratic opportunity to connect different generations, designers and artist with various cultural, academic and professional backgrounds. Up until 2015 Hello Wood’s workshops did not have a permanent place.
By end of the year we found a piece of land in the Balaton Highland Region of South West Hungary, and it was time to settle! Since 2016, we invite you to share the responsibility in becoming the caretakers of Csoromfolde.
1. Fill out the application form Please register by filling out our application form.
2. Put together your application Your application is to be handed in on-line and will consist of:
I.a motivation letter-(essential part of the application)
In order to be part of this collaborative process we ask you to respond toanyof the following questions, themes of Project Village17 in a motivation letter (400 words maximum):
Are villages of today or tomorrow different from cities? How does a rural environment affect your daily routines? Which parts/aspects of newly built settlements do you find the most fundamental? Which project/artefact/function of PV2016 do you find fundamental to continue and why? Which skill or resource do you consider crucial in establishing a settlement? Why does the Project Village need you? What do you think are the most urgent questions facing the countryside in your region? What is the ideal learning environment for you in relation to Hello Wood’s Rural Campus? What does being responsible and responsive in architecture mean to you in relation to Hello Wood’s Rural Campus? In your view or based on your previous experience, what is missing from the village?
And last but not least, Hello Wood is an independent democratic educational platform that is constantly testing new collaborative work processes. It's an academy that challenges student-teacher, client-designer hierarchies at work. In order to help us in this process: What are you expecting from the Hello Wood's Summer school? What do you lack from your current university's design programme?
II.a portfolio of your previous work (essential part of the application) Please include all relevant work samples, including images of projects, models, installations, structural experiments that you think demonstrate your skills and experience in working with material. Samples demonstrating your experience with fabrication or working in a woodshop are welcome. Please prepare a pdf document in an A3 format (11“x17“), not larger than 20 MB.
If you have participated in a Hello Wood summer school before, you don't need to include a portfolio, as we are already familiar with your experience and expertise. However, we still ask you to respond to some of the proposed questions, as these are relevant to this year's debate specifically. + optional: III. choice of topic for presentation: Be part of the debate! (not essential part of the application)
Our summer school is a uniquely democratic educational platform, challenging traditional models of student-teacher synergies at work and testing democratic work practices. To promote student involvement in the debate, this year we would like to include student presentations in the evening lecture series. Please let us know if you have a topic or a design project you would like to share in a short 10-20 min presentation. Please describe the topic in one - maximum 2 short sentences. This could be your undergraduate or graduate thesis work, dissertation or student research at any level related to the Project Village programme of Hello Wood Summer School. Note that you can have a successful application without proposing a presentation topic! However if you do we are encouraging you to share it with us and become part of the debate!
Important: Please join these 2 files (motivation letter + portfolio) into 1 pdf ! The name of the file should be: firstname_surname_application.pdf and send it to email@example.com
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO THE PROGRAMME?
From 2017, you are able to apply starting in early January up until May. If you apply earlier, you will get the result earlier! On the last day of each month we will send you the results IF we have received your application documents 1 week prior to the end of the month. For example, if you send your application on the 20th of February, we guarantee you that you will get feedback by the 28th of February. This way, those who want to make summer plans on time, will know soon enough whether they will be participating in Project Village 2017. Also, by applying earlier your chances could be bigger too - as the final deadline gets closer, the number of applications triple, and the competition grows higher. We encourage everyone who wants to join the programme to hand in their application, sooner the better.
WHEN DO I HAVE TO APPLY BY? The final deadline is 15th of May, but as explained above, the sooner you apply, the better your chances are to get in.
WHY DO I NEED TO APPLY?
- Because our spaces are limited, we can only welcome 90 participants. - So you can work and get inspired in the best groups. - So the workshop leaders get to know your previous projects on time. - So we can ensure the same conditions for all our applicants.
WHAT DOES HELLO WOOD OFFER?
- A chance to work with internationally acclaimed professionals, academics, who will be leading the teams. - A real team work, where your design skills will be challenged and tested, but most importantly essential to complete the best possible project. - A chance to be part of the Project Village debate! - The projects will be published in local and international publications. - Work equipment and infrastructure for your team during the workshop. - 2 m3 planed wood with custom cross-section for each group. - Daily 3 meals - High professional standards giving you an extraordinary project to your portfolio and improving your professional skills. - A social experience you’ll never forget!
WHAT ABOUT THE TEAMS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS? Teamwork: Hello Wood’s installations will be realized by groups of approximately 8-10 architect, designer and art students. Every team will have a workshop leader who is responsible for the concept and makes sure everything goes the way it was planned. Each team works on their own project.
Workshop leaders and lecturers: Projects will be finalized and built by the students along with the team leaders, based on the winning concepts proposed by the team leaders prior to the workshop. Projects of the summer school are based on the ideas proposed by professionals and academics applying to lead a workshop. The final project list and professionals leading the workshops will be published in April 2017 and shown on our website. If you are selected to participate, we will also send you all of these proposals, for you to choose which project team you would like to be part of.
The program is a non-profit initiative, realised with the support of our sponsors, partners, volunteers and grants, however, we couldn't make it without your contribution as well, which is 370 EUR.
There will be lots of architects, tons of wood, an amazing chef and great musicians, everything will be given to have a great time, daily 3 meals and all tools and material needed for the workshop will be covered.
Cancellation Policy: If a participant cancels up to 8 weeks prior to the beginning of a course, Hello Wood will retain 20% of the workshop fee for administrative and bank fees. If a participant cancels 8 weeks or less before the beginning of the programme, there will be no refund. This is due to the short notice to reassign the workshop-place.
Since 2013, we offer ascholarship.Those who are awarded, pay a reduced participation fee, 270 EUR.
We are proud to announce that this year we are able to double the scholarship openings, therefore 20 scholarships will be granted in 2017!
Scholarships will be granted based on social circumstances and academic achievement.
How can you apply for a Scholarship? 1st step: during your registration, please indicate if you plan to apply for your the scholarship.
2st step: To apply, all you need to do is send us an official document from your University, that proves you were eligible to apply for the University’s scholarships based on financial needs. Important: you do not need to send us the entire documentation, just a certificate, that proves you have handed in all required documents to the university you are attending. Scholarships are awarded based on financial needs and the applicant’s portfolio. Please note: International students are also eligible and encouraged to apply!
From 2017 we offer volunteering positions for those applicants, who want to join the summer school, save some money and put extra help in realising Project Village 2017. Volunteers are invited to arrive 4 days prior to the festival to help our team with preparing the infrastructure of the summer school, and in return, for volunteers the participation fee for Project Village 2017 is200 EUR in total. During the 4 days of volunteering, accommodation and daily meals are provided.
Application period: (with feedback every month) January - May 15th
Date of Hello Wood 2017: July 1-9. Location: In the countryside of Hungary, close to lake Balaton, on the premises of an old manor, Csóromfölde, amongst endless cornfields, with an astonishing view on a valley surrounded by hills.
If you have any questions about the workshop or the application please let us know, feel free to ask at: firstname.lastname@example.org