Woodbury students have spent the last three weeks travelling in and around Paris. Students participated in a 3-day series of open workshops in a temporary nonprofit incubator located behind the Fondation Cartier, facilitated by the French consultancy Codesign-It, on urban innovations ranging from nomadic cities to maker-space incubators. Students also attended Final Reviews for peers at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture at Paris-Belleville, where they met for discussion and presentations in a dedicated classroom and studio space.
Last week, students traveled to Calais, France, where they were active volunteers in a warehouse run by four British and French NGO’s sorting donations and cooking meals for the 1,000+ migrants and refugees that have slowly wandered back to The Jungle, France’s infamous refugee camp at the mouth of the Eurotunnel. Students were asked for recommendations on improvements to the warehouse building and its internal workflow.
Currently, students are in Nice, France, exploring the new “Italian Calais” that is appearing at France’s southern border. Next week, they return to Paris for site analysis and a mid-review presentation of their findings. The Paris travel studio returns July 11 to Woodbury.
Follow along with the studio on Instagram at #WUParis2017