Spring School FAQ

Spring School FAQ


Who are invited to apply for the Spring School?

The Spring School is meant for emerging architects, artists, designers, programmers, urban planners and practitioners from other fields whose work relates to the topic of urbanism and territoriality. We will do research together as a group so participants are expected to have a research oriented practice and a topic they could reflect in the context of Narva.

What do I get with the 50€ Spring School fee?

The Spring School fee covers a workshop, three vegan meals a day and your stay at the residency in a dormitory style setting.

Is it possible to apply if I’m still a student?

Yes, absolutely.

Is it required that I am currently still actively studying to take part? Or is the programme open to recent graduates as well?

The Spring School is very much open to open to recent graduates! (Re)configuring Territories -program in general is meant for emerging professionals, meaning people who have graduated and are forming their (research) practice and people who are just about to graduate.

What is the main language of the Spring School?

The workshops will be in English. Narva is russian speaking As we emphasize informal discussions and dialogue, it’s not necessary to know perfect design English.

Are the premises wheel-chair accessible?

Unfortunately Narva Art residency building has many stairs and is not wheel chair accessible at the moment. We will try to take this into consideration in the coming two years. Please contact us for more information.

When should we arrive? when exactly I should plan to be there so I can book my flight? Can we already arrive on Sunday evening? And when should we leave? Sunday night of the 12th or Monday morning of the 13th?

We will meet on Monday 6th of May at 14.30pm at Narva Art Residency. The school ends on Sunday the 12th of May around 12.

Who are the other Participants?

We got 44 applications from very different parts of Europe and from the very edges of the continent.

We will be a diverse group of emerging professionals from Architecture, Art and Design to Political Science, Journalism, History, Geography, Psychology and Engineering.

You will get to know the people better when we all arrive to Narva.

What all I should bring with me?

The idea of the Spring School is to bring together people from various backgrounds who all have a different way to approach a city. Because of this, we ask you to bring the tools that you use in your everyday practice.

This can be technical tools such as a computer with specific programs you use or any less digital tool that you use in your practice, we also hope that you bring the theoretical tools such as books that are important for you. For each workshop, it is important that you take the documentation devices that you are familiar with with you, meaning a photo or a video camera, audio recorder or / and a notebook.

I have been actively reading about Narva as a city. Would you recommend some material/ movie/ book etc to watch or read about Narva prior to summer school?

Yes, some links to articles, books, videos, images and maps and other archival material related to Narva are on our references-list https://reconfiguringterritories.net/references/ This selection is limited and is collected by Kaisa and Tommi, not done by a person who is form Narva. It is also in English language. There is a lot to read here so no one is expecting you to read everything. It is completely fine to not read anything at all. 🙂

Are there any specific skills requirements in order to successfully complete the workshop? Do I need strong technical skills in data analysis for the preferred workshop? What if I’m only a beginner in the area of my workshop?

The idea of the Spring School is to bring together people who all have different personal and professional positions to approach a complex urban context such as Narva. This is why we are not expecting you to be an expert or have strong technical skills related to the topic of the workshop. Instead, we hope you to be able to reflect on the topic from the point of view of your own practice.


Pictures on the Narva residency looks really beautiful and vegan food sounds really great. How is the living situation going to work?

The basement floor of the residency has been just renovated. There is a bathroom and a really nice kitchen. We have separated studio rooms to work and many warm and beautiful halls where we can set our camps. Take your own sleeping mattress and your own sleeping bag.

Do you see language as a barrier when and if interacting with local communities in Narva?

Language is a very important issue in Narva. Most of the local people speak Russian, and only 5 % speak Estonian as their first language. Especially young people can speak English.

How will be a day at the workshop organized?

Daily programme is as follows, with minor alterations possible:

8:30–9:30 – Breakfast
9:30–10:00 – Check-in with the whole group
10:00–12:30 – WORKSHOPPING
13:00–14:00 – Lunch
14:00–18:30 – WORKSHOPPING
18:30–20:00 – Dinner
20:00–00:00 – Evening activity / free time


Will the collective results and explorations will be shared with the larger audience? Is there any plan to share it with the local public in Narva?

We share workshop results and explorations with the local public during Narva Urban Lab on Saturday May 11. This event is meant and open for local public. Important part of this first year of the three-year-program is to find ways to engage and support different local initiatives. During this spring school we will look for ways to engage. We are also planning to produce a publication and a public program at the end of the three-year program in 2021.

Do you cover any percentage of the Flight ticket?

Unfortunately we are not able to do that this time…

Should I transfer the fee somewhere?

Yes, we will send you the payment details via email.

I would know more about Narva Art Residency and what reconfiguring territories is. Thanks!

(Re)configuring Territories is a three-year research program organized jointly by the Finnish Institute in Estonia, Narva Art Residency, Narva Urban Lab and Trojan Horse. The idea of the program is to create space and time for emerging architects, artists, designers, programmers and urban planners to develop research oriented projects in and for the context of Narva. We will will both reflect on more general bigger topics in the context of Narva and look to issues and questions that are more specific to that context.

More about Trojan Horse https://trojanhorse.fi More about Narva Art Residency https://nart.ee More about the Finnish Insitute in Estonia http://finst.ee.

I can’t come to the Spring School this year but would like to take part to (Re)configuring Territories -project later, is that possible?

(Re)configuring Territories is a three-year programme events such as live action role-plays throughout the year, follow our facebook page for more info. We are also hoping to be able to continue organising the summer school in the coming years, as well as put up some smaller events or reading circles which could happen trough out the year in different places and contexts. (Please let us know if you would like us to be part of something!) To be up to date, check our Facebook page.

What if I need to cancel my participation?

If you can’t take part, let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to someone else. If you cancel after the first of August we cannot refund your course fee. The fee is only refunded with a medical certificate.