With Lucy Stein, Pierre Cauderay, Manon Fanitini, Louis Mejean, Leopold Banchini and guests Lacaton Vassal architectes, L’Auberge des Migrant, Care4Calais, ACTED, etc.
“Identifying a directly casual relationship between design and inequality is a dubious undertaking. And yet design remains one of the most effective ways to make socio-economic inequities viscerally and immediately intelligible.”
Jacob Moore & Susanne Schindler
This summer, the informal settlement of Calais will probably reach 10’000 Inhabitants. From this point on, it will be considered as a city.
For more than 10 years, migrants have been living in and around Calais on their way to the UK. Various camps and squats where built and destroyed over the years, all around the port of the city and the entrance of the tunnel. Since the Centre Jules Ferry opened in 2015 and all other settlements where destroyed or evicted, most migrants live behind the center, on an empty land outside the motorway ring. The non-official but somehow tolerated “jungle” suffered a first partial eviction in September 2015 when the houses situated under the motorway bridge were destroyed. In March 2016, a second large scale eviction was organized by the government, destroying two third of the village lands. The official goal of this violent operation was to reduce the number of inhabitants to 2000 by the summer. The caterpillars flattened thousands of home, but the operation was a failure and the Jungle inhabitant are now more numerous and organized then ever.
The urban and social fabric as well as its resistance to external attacks will be the subject of the 5 days workshop organized by the SIS. The complex spatial construction will be examined and the role of art and design in such a context will be questioned. The students will be asked to participate to the construction of this evolving city. More than helping, it will be about learning from the inhabitants and working in solidarity with a city resisting external violence and destruction. The workshop will be organized around discussions and constructions.
The 14th of August 2016, The Art and French school built on the outskirt of the city was destroyed by an accidental fire. This institution was an important pole for exchange and learning, welcoming hundreds of students over the months. The reconstruction of the school unique classroom is one of the construction project envisioned for the workshop. Other collaborative construction projects could include toilets, showers, playground, infopoint, bike repair workshop, transport hub, etc.
Understanding the social context leading to the construction of such a city is crucial to envision possible actions leading to changes. Installing the classroom of the Studio for Immediate Spaces inside the Jungle to talk about it is a first step to this learning experience. The exchange of knowledge with inhabitants and locally active institutions will be organized through daily debate. External guest will also be brought to the city to talk about their own practice; the citizens of the nearby city of Calais will be invited to join. We are bringing the debate to the Jungle. 10 – 15 of October at 8pm!