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Living summer school

From 4 to 9 September, Eiland Collective of Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2020 and StartAtK are organising the Living Summer School in Bolwerk, Kortrijk. For a whole week, multidisciplinary student teams will be working on social challenges around the theme of "housing in Kortrijk". It is not only an instructive and enjoyable programme, but it is above all a unique experience in which the younger generations are asked to think about the future of the city, but above all to actively do something with it and build on it. Within the broad theme of housing, they work on five very local cases that present a challenge for our city.

National Calls Short Descriptions

Join us

We’re calling all young activists, entrepreneurs, designers and artists to take part in a one-week summer school (04-10.09) to explore the future of housing in Kortrijk. During the first week of September, 25 selected participants will ideate and prototype 5 interventions that will reflect on a sub-theme, each one held in collaboration with a social impact enterprise. The summer school will be hosted by Bolwerk, in collaboration with Hangar K and the network of Kortrijk’s universities.


Participants will collaborate with local experts, attend guest speakers’ lectures and participate in hands-on workshops, as well as present their projects in a final event with policy and decision makers.

Practical info

The participants will enjoy the open space and atelier of Bolwerk, a cultural free-port in the Eastern part of Kortrijk. They will also explore the surroundings through field trips and have exclusive access to maker spaces across the city.

Price & expenses

The Living Blocks Summer School is free and will always be!
We provide food, education and fun. We can provide full scholarships for Belgian, Italian and French residents aged 18-30, to cover travel and accommodation expenses.


Students need to be between the ages of 18 and 30, you can be studying or working. You could have a background in: environmental science, social science, art, business, design, innovation, architecture, etc... the more diverse the better! We’re looking for both local and international practitioners and we’ll make special arrangements for anyone travelling from far.

The Summer School will be held in English, but support in Dutch and French will be provided.


Deadline for extended registration (BE/FR/IT): 19 August Notification of selection : 22 August

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