PRESENTATION

In its 31st edition the International Architecture Workshop will continue working towards raising awareness regarding environmental, cultural, and social issues in one of the world's most beautiful cities, Cartagena. From the experimentation that have placed this workshop among the most prestigious summer schools in the world, we propose a compact academic scenario that promotes students to solve problems related to inhabiting at different scales through different challenges.

For this purpose, we have the important alliance of three global recognized universities: Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) and The University of Melbourne (Australia). The relevance of these universities in the Workshop will be high, because each one will coordinate, along with two professors of the University of the Andes, the activities of each week of work. In addition, a significant group of students from these universities will participate in the Workshop, which will contribute to the high level of internationalization and the academic quality of the Workshop.

Cartagena is a unique environmental and urban territory characterized by surprising natural and built phenomena, recognized in the world for its diverse bodies of water, its forts and walls as well as its built heritage. Water and its relationship with stone will be the main topic of research. This topic will connect and weave work and experiences in the Workshop. Looking at water connects us as inhabitants responsible for this world, with the existing urban and ecological structure and puts us in consonance with the rhythms of the lives of those who inhabit the city and those who visit it. Water as a research topic provokes a thoughtful and sensitive dialogue with the current problems experienced by our planet and especially by cities like Cartagena, where past and the present confront each other every day in a contrasting manner.

The workshop will be held during three weeks of immersive work, each one with a specific emphasis. The first week will deal with urban problems, the second one with technical and material issues, and the third one with project-related issues. Each of these weeks is seen as an academic unit that enables engaging from different perspectives the issue of water and its relation to stone today, in particular, issues related to the presence of water in a historical context which is one of the serious problems the city of Cartagena is facing today. Each week will be planned by well known architects and professors, who will propose different exercises and methodologies based on specific contents.