If winter gets you down about your design aspirations, the founders/directors of Metahaven, Lust and Next Nature are here to help... Well, they’ll meet you halfway—as this year the GDA Summer Sessions will be held in Beijing from 16–31 August 2014.
From the website: The Summer Sessions is a mobile summer school program developed by Graphic Design Arnhem [GDA], ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design Arnhem.
The main emphasis of the Summer Sessions is to introduce participants to the ideas and concepts behind contemporary graphic design research, speculative graphic design and design critique, as well as how to integrate and apply these concepts into one’s own critical design practice.
The basic idea is simple: 14 days, 20-30 students, 4 tutors and an exceptional location. The workshop will span a fortnight and participants will be guided on a daily basis by tutors from GDA and a guest tutor from the host academy. The week will alternate between closed-knit collaborations, group debates, individual critiques, and self-reflection. The workshop will culminate in a small exhibition of results on the last day of the workshop. Special guests and visiting artists/designers will participate in the final critique.
The Summer Sessions will offer the perfect opportunity to work closely with a highly engaged and talented group of international students and practicing designers who are interested in challenging the prevailing conventions of critical expression & exploring new branches of design research.
More details here. And if there ever was a chance to experience some Dutch sensibility—something everyone should avail themselves of at least once—then this is it.