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


This programme aims to offer a unique opportunity to dive into the heritage of Art Nouveau in Brussels and beyond and to explore how Art Nouveau can act as a laboratory for current and future challenges.

Participants will undertake a journey through European culture and history as well as reflect on the links between Art Nouveau and today’s challenges related to architecture, urban renovation and heritage management.
How did Art Nouveau blossom and later expanded throughout Europe and beyond? What are the links between Art Nouveau and cultural and heritage management policies? How is this revolution in art and architecture still relevant today? How is Art Nouveau valorised today? How can public and private stakeholders make Art Nouveau accessible to a wide audience?

The programme is built around two focus points. On the one hand, the programme will shed lights on the full scope of Art Nouveau as a transdisciplinary and transnational movement. Lectures will focus on how Art Nouveau blossomed in Brussels and later around Europe and beyond. It will also address how Art Nouveau infused society well beyond architecture, expanding its influence to arts, ornamentation, furniture, etc. On the other hand, the programme will invite participants to reflect on the relationship between heritage and innovation through the lens of Art Nouveau.

Lectures and discussions will focus on current issues related to urban renovation and preservation policies. They will also explore the links between cultural heritage and tourism as well as the valorisation of heritage. With a view to foster transdisciplinarity, participants will also be invited to broaden their perspectives by reflecting on hidden scientific aspects in Art Nouveau and bio-inspired and bio-mimetics structures.


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Practical Information

The summer school will take place from Monday 26 to Friday 30 June 2023.
A series of online sessions will be organised from 6 to 21 June 2023. 

Target group
The programme is open to students and professionals with a background and interest in Architecture, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Cultural management, Urbanism.

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. 

Registration fee
The registration fee is €900 and includes lectures, guided visits, course material, coffee breaks and public transport tickets for transfers related to visits included in the programme. Accommodation, lunches and any other expense are not included. 

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. 

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. 


Registrations are now closed. 

Cancellation policy
Cancellation by the participant:
Cancellation before 15 April 2023: full refund.
Cancellation between 15 April and 15 May 2023 : 50% refund.
Cancellation after 15 May 2023: 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. 

Updated on May 2, 2023