SYN- is looking for participants to take part in a inter-disciplinary workshop series that explores the culture and realities of university campuses, and reconsiders then as potential sites for experimentation. The call is open to all who would like to highlight, share and discuss a particular condition of Guelph University’s campus.
Drawing from previous explorations, SYN- intends to interact with Guelph’s campus and its surroundings to imagine a flexible framework where spatial tensions will be revealed in order to facilitate creative forms of appropriation. In these workshops we will explore how infra-qualities – such as undisclosed, lesser known or hidden realities – might inform us of future potentials for campus transformations: how could we then engage the campus as a locus for fostering new kinds of actions, social configurations and interrelations in common space ?
The research will explore different topics such as: interactions between campus and urban life through insider and outsider perspectives ; re-shuffled notions of the historically «cultivated» North American campus and its idealized detachment; social dynamics and connectivity in a pavilion-based architectural setting altered by self initiatives and experiments; providing alternate uses or introducing creativity and participation processes in existing services like food production, on-site maintenance or security.
Workshop experiments and findings will establish the bases for a future collaborative intervention on the Guelph campus to be realized in 2012.
To view or download the INFRACAMPUS research conducted in the Fall of 2011, please click here :