Last thursday the workshop ‘Integral Tram’ – a collaboration project of the Centre of Applied Research Groningen (Innovation, Art & Society) and Academy of Architecture Groningen – kicked off with the lecture of media artist Shu Lea Cheang. This project – in which I am a visiting workshop leader – researches the opportunities of an integral research approach in the development of the forthcoming tram in Groningen.
After the inspiring lecture, the students were placed into groups. Each group was given the task to explore how the integration of the tram in the city of Groningen and the daily lives of its inhabitants could be improved. By going on a city safari on friday each group explored not only their part of the actual tram lines, but they were also confronted with the potential impact of this tram line. It would cut through the city like a hot knife through butter. After having absorbed this information, the students were asked to share their findings with the rest of the group. The next day the groups were divided into smaller groups and asked to create a concept based on their findings. At the end of the each group had to present their work so far.
Although there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, all the students worked really hard and the results (so far) are promising. Next weekend will be the last workshop session, so we just have to wait and see.