Workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia


Faculty of architecture STU Bratislava from 17.9. to 21.9.2012

The fantastic late summer weather fired up the imagination and creativity of all workshop participants. They created a lake, woodland, a nudist beach and a wedding paradise in the bleak “desertscape”


The topic of this summer school is aimed at revitalization of „Námestie slobody“ square in Bratislava. The question of public spaces is one of the most discussed topics in connection to city transformation and creation of quality living environment in sense of home (shared space for living) for it's inhabitants and visitors.


The location of „Namestie slobody“ in the city center, on the crossing of important pedestrian and automobile traffic lines, connection to important government institutions (Government Office, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic) and some faculties of Slovak Technical University campus(Faculty of architecture, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology) predetermines it to be one of the most important squares in the city. However the current use, form and look of the square does not suggest this.

Namestie slobody in the past © Goethe-Institut Bratislava During its development the square went through different uses, based on the function of surrounding buildings, its location in the growing city, and its historically determined large scale. The square played its role in its local context – in the relationship to its neighborhood, as well as in the context of the city as a whole. It was also part of important historical event in Slovakia. After its creation (in 17th century) the square had form of a park with an alley in front of the summer archbishop's palace. Later it served as military training ground for neighboring barracks, gathering place, arena for sports and community events, car park and since 1980 as a park. Today it's a place of demonstrations, strikes and occasional concerts. Its physical devastation, introverted (despite their extrovert nature) surrounding objects and criminality makes this square very numb.

The space of the square and its malfunction raises public discussions, polemics, but also initiatives of citizens, young artists, architects and architecture students, who are searching for simple, but also conceptually more difficult solutions for its recovery. Some developers have also their visions for transformation of this square. Finding ways to recover „Namestie slobody“ will be the main aim of this summer school.


The goal of this summer school is to point out the potential of this square in its real size and hierarchy, while tracing wide range of problems with interdisciplinary scope and connections to public and representatives of the city and city district.

Participants of summer school will search for both simple and more complex ways to recover „Namestie slobody“, to create public place for meetings, activities, relaxation for inhabitants of the area and for students of the surrounding faculties. The goal is also finding ways of creating creative and inspirational environment for presentation of results and achievements of Slovak Technical University, but also environment encouraging information and inspirations sharing.

There is a also a challenge in form of realization of needed connections between government institutions, public and intellectual potential of Bratislava, represented by Slovak Technical University, on the “Námestie slobody”.

Architects and experts:

Mrs. Kerstin Schultz, Germany, Mr. Gintaras Čaikauskas, Lithuania, Mr. Roman Rutkowski, Poland

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