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Summer school - Heritage and innovation: Art Nouveau, a laboratory for past, present and future challenges

The Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta at Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) in partnership with the Université d’Aix-Marseille (France), the University of Bucharest (Romania) and the University of Glasgow (UK) invite you to dive into Art Nouveau and explore how this revolution in Art and Architecture is still very relevant today.


The Summer School "Heritage and Innovation : Art Nouveau, a laboratory for past, present and future challenge" is a 10-day summer programme in English organised by the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta at Université libre de Bruxelles in partnership with the Université d'Aix-Marseille (France), the University of Bucharest (Romania) and the University of Glasgow (UK) from 29 June to 8 July 2022 in Brussels. It combines lectures and exclusive site visits in the Brussels area led by renowned experts.

From the beginnings of Art Nouveau to its peak, from private mansion to public building, from furniture to ornamentation, from destruction to preservation, you will undertake a journey through European culture and history and examine the relationship between heritage and innovation through the lens of Art Nouveau. 

The program will shed lights on how Art Nouveau blossomed in Brussels and will allow you to discover the city on the footsteps of pioneers such as Victor Horta, Paul Hankar and Henry van de Velde. Participants will also address how the movement spread across Europe and infused society well beyond architecture. They will examine how Art Nouveau can act as a laboratory to tackle current and future challenges related to preservation and renovation, cultural heritage and tourism, as well as the role of heritage as an economic resource. With a view to foster transdisciplinary, participants will also broaden their perspectives by reflecting on the link between Art Nouveau shapes and recent outreaches in metamaterial physics, selfstable structures, and deployable structures.

Bringing together a transnational and transdisciplinary team of lecturers, this summer school offers a unique opportunity for a dialogue between students, academics, and experts such as curators, architects and practitioners involved in heritage and urban policies.

The summer school combines various types of learning activities:

  • lectures and public conferences including Q&A sessions where renowned experts will explain and discuss Art Nouveau from a historical and challenge-based perspective; 
  • roundtable session with professionals;
  • visits in Brussels to illustrate issues discussed during lectures and to guide participants through the extensive Art Nouveau heritage in Brussels;
  • group work in interdisciplinary and transnational teams.

Target audience
The summer school is open to students in their final year of Bachelor degree, Master and PhD students as well as young professionals. Applications from various backgrounds including architecture, art, history, philosophy, cultural management, urbanism and engineering are welcome. 

Coordinator : Marcelle Rabinowicz, Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta, Université libre de Bruxelles

This summer school is organised within the framework of CIVIS.
CIVIS partners: Aix-Marseille Université, University of Bucharest, University of Glasgow.

Other partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Réseau Art Nouveau Network, Horta Museum, urban.brussels, Musées Royaux Art et Histoire, Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts visuels La Cambre, Commune de Schaerbeek, Cultural Perspectives, CIVA. 


Confirmed speakers

  • Werner Adriaenssens, Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Jean-Marc Basyn, urban.brussels and ULB (Belgium)
  • Ernestine Carreira, University of Aix-Marseille (France) 
  • Victor Charpentier, University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Maurizio Cohen, ULB (Belgium)
  • Daniel Couvreur, Le Soir (Belgium)
  • Vladimir Crețulescu, University of Bucharest (Romania)
  • Denis Derycke, ULB (Belgium)
  • Nathalie Filser, Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine (France)
  • Erika Giuliani, Réseau Art Nouveau Network 
  • Julia Katona, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest (Hungary)
  • Tove Lande, Viti Foundation, Alesund (Norway)
  • Ecaterina Lung, University of Bucharest (Romania)
  • Joël Marthelot, University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Breda Mihelic, Urban Planning Institute, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Maxime Nicolas, University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Tom Packet, Virje Universiteit Brussels (Belgium)
  • Mihaela Pop, University of Bucharest (Romania)
  • Michel Provost, ULB (Belgium)
  • Marcelle Rabinowicz, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta, ULB (Belgium)
  • Kévin Saladé, ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Priska Schmückle von Minckwitz, Historian 
  • Oana Serban, University of Bucharest (Romania)
  • Valérie Thomas, Museum of the School of Nancy (France)
  • Peter Trowles, Cultural Perspectives, Glasgow (UK)
  • Andreia Vale Lourenco, Aveiro City Museum (Portugal)
  • Jos Vandenbreeden, CIVA, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Barbara Van der Wee, Architect (Belgium)
  • Ine Wouters, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium)
  • Chantal Zheng, University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Benjamin Zurstrassen, Horta Museum, Brussels (Belgium)
Practical Information

Classes will start on Wednesday 29 June and end on Friday 8 July 2022. 

Université libre de Bruxelles, Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta, Square Flagey (Ixelles) and visits around Brussels, Belgium. 

To ensure active participation in the summer school, English proficiency in reading, speaking and writing is required.

Assessment & Credits
Assessment will be based on participation and a group assignment to be submitted within one month after the summer school. 
Participants who attend all activities scheduled in the programme will receive a certificate of attendance. 
Participants  who successfully complete the programme (attendance and assignment) will receive a certificate of completion awarding 3 credits. Participants are responsible for applying for recognition of these credits by their home university. 

Registration fee
The registration fee for the summer school is €950. 
This fee includes course content and material, study visits, local transportation related to visits in Brussels, welcome and farewell drinks. This fee does not include accommodation, meals, travel costs and any other expense. 

CIVIS students: grants covering participation costs are available for a limited number of students enrolled at ULB or another CIVIS member university. Please apply before 20 April 2022 via : https://civis.eu/en/civis-courses/heritage-and-innovation-art-nouveau-a-laboratory-for-past-present-and-future-challenges and contact summerschool@ulb.be for any question.

Accepted students will be provided with a list of housing options in different price categories and different locations. Prices range approximately from €30 per night to €100 per night. 

For information about measures related to COVID in Belgium, please visit https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en
For information about measures related to COVID at ULB, please visit: https://actus.ulb.be/fr/actus/covid-19-english

Depending on your nationality and the length of your stay, you might need a visa to enter Belgium. Visa procedures may take several weeks. For more information, visit the website of the Foreigners Department of the FPS Home Affairs. Please note that we can only issue an invitation letter if your admission has been accepted and we have received the payment of your registration fee. 


How to apply ? 
1. Fill in the application form below before 1 May 2022. You will be asked to upload your CV and a short motivation letter.
2. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You will be notified whether your admission is accepted or denied within 15 days.  
3. If your admission is accepted, you will receive payment instructions. To secure your spot, you will be required to pay your registration fee by bank transfer within 10 days. Your enrollment is final when we have received your payment.

Applications are now closed. 

CIVIS students: grants covering participation costs are available for a limited number of students enrolled at ULB or another CIVIS member university. Please apply via the CIVIS website before 20 April 2022. You can contact summerschool@ulb.be for any question.

Cancellation policy
Cancellation by the participant:
Cancellation before 1 May 2022: full refund.
Cancellation between 1 May and 31 May 2022 : 50% refund.
Cancellation after 1 June 2022: no refund.
Participants who wish to cancel their registration must send an email to summerschool@ulb.be. All refunds are made in euros. The organisation cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rates fluctuations or bank charges. In any case, travel costs, visa costs and any other cost will not be refunded.

Cancellation by the organisers:
The organisers reserve the right to cancel the programme or to open waiting lists. If the programme is cancelled by the organisers, the registration fee will be refunded in full. In any case, travel costs, visa costs and any other expenses will not be refunded. Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements. 

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Updated on November 3, 2022