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Artistic interventions in times of lockdown with hybrid media

The purpose of this open call -opened from April 15 until May 31, 2020- was to create an online repository that records, envisions and triggers actions and experiences about the sense of place during

Posted on 21/04/01

A Confined Urban Vision

A short film competition “A Confined Urban Vision” was organised to explore and widen the meaning of places in the unprecedented situation of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first

Posted on 21/01/22

Perception and representation of space in time of confinement with photographic media

These works were planned and carried out in the period of confinement, during March and April 2020, within the subject Systems of Representation at the School of Architecture La Salle.   Th

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Posted on 20/04/26

As the Covid-19 has limited our capacity to carry out the foreseen activities in physical space, we have developed a programme –A Confined Place–  to strengthen the sense of place in the times of confinement.


The programme of activities includes 1. A blog on the perception of domestic space in times of confinement 2. An open call for artistic inteventions in times of lockdown and 3. A short film competition on the changes in urban life and public space after the confinement.


1. Blog “A Confined Place”, which contains photographs and texts produced by students of the higher education institutions participating in A-Place. The blog is open to the participation of other educational institutions, from secondary schools to higher education institutions.

Participants are invited to reflect their experience with the places they are living in the time of confinement, on the following issues:

The emptied city. Public spaces without people, empty stages, non-places.

Spatial thresholds. Perceiving the public space from the inside of homes, capturing the threshold between domestic and public spaces (balcony, bay windows, window sill, …)

The city inside home. Patterns (the grid of the pavement, of the wall), objects (with an architectural meaning, alone or grouped), spaces (a corridor as an avenue, living room as square, kitchen as crossroads), etc.

Inhabited roofs. Life on the rooftops, spaces for encounter and socialization; the city skylines seen from the roofs.

Communal spaces. Shared spaces for meeting and conversation (patios, halls, courtyards)

Augmented spaces. Physical spaces expanded in the digital networks; digital spaces embedded in domestic rooms.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: If you are a student/teacher/faculty member, of any education level – from secondary school to higher education- interested to participate in the blog with your contributions, please write us to info@a-place.eu and we will facilitate you the credentials to post in the blog.


2. Open call “A Confined Place”, an invitation open to all who want to share their experience about living and transforming the confined places, expressed with mixed-media and published in social media, on these two categories:

A- Living in the confined places

The experience of time and space during the confinement: what we do locked in our dwellings – in the rooms, balconies, gardens and rooftops– ; what we discover inside our homes and in the surroundings –the newly discovered aesthetic qualities of the emptied public spaces–; the new communities created in the social networks –sharing skills, knowledge and information, etc. 

B- Transforming the confined places

The changes underwent in our domestic spaces as a result of the new ways of living in them: new activities taking place in our homes and neighbourhoods (a dance performance in the kitchen); newly discovered forms of community building in physical  and digital spaces (playing instruments in group; sharing a courtyard as playground);  physical spaces augmented through digital media, and digital media embedded in physical spaces, etc.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Any citizen, professional or not, individually or as member of a team or organization, can submit their work through the social media. Submission instructions and guidelines can be found in this Facebook Event. If you need more information, please write us to info@a-place.eu


3. Short film competition "A Confined Urban Vision". The purpose of this competition is to explore and widen the meaning of places in the unprecedented situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, rethinking human existence in the time of the pandemic and documenting ways we can live together again in the ‘new normal’ by presenting, documenting, deconstructing, expanding, speculating, challenging concepts related to:
- the lockdown period, applying a human perspective and describing how the perception in relation to public and private places has changed, while rearranging daily routines and work activities in indoor domestic spaces;
- the recovery period, following the lockdown, in regard of physical distancing measures, with descriptions ranging from restriction of movements in public areas to new and slow restart of everyday lives, with references to the use of mobility (cars, bicycle, buses) and limitations for public life and new rules for gathering



- To develop and apply creative placemaking practices which overcome and take advantage of the situation of confinement, exploring a new ways to create ties between people and places, and between people through places.

- To create cross-disciplinary learning spaces by involving students and staff from different education levels, from secondary school to higher education, in a joint reflection about the sense of place in times of global confinement.

To exploit the capacities of digital technologies to support creativity and the exchange of ideas across social, cultural and geographic boundaries; to foster a new sense of place derived from the use of the digital technologies in daily life, in education and in artistic creation.

Media Productions (Photographs & Videos):


A kindergarten courtyard is now empty and silent when usually it is full of kids playing. It seems a

Posted on December 20, 2020


Empty and covered with vegetation, this neighbouring swimming pool has become a trap where many item

Posted on December 23, 2020


A public space that is normally full of people is now empty and uninhabited. When activity ceases,

Posted on December 23, 2020


A schoolyard has been left empty, alone, with no children playing. We contemplate an abandoned place

Posted on December 23, 2020


I made this cupboard house for my three-year old son because he can’t go to school and has to

Posted on December 23, 2020


We are staying home from the beginning of March. We are under arrest... But the arrest is completely

Posted on December 23, 2020


I took this photo two days before the state of emergency. This restaurant was renovated and was abou

Posted on December 23, 2020


During the quarantine we began to appreciate things that otherwise we would have taken for granted,

Posted on December 23, 2020


The characteristic grid of Barcelona’s Eixample district loses some of its purpose without veh

Posted on December 23, 2020


Lisbon. My apartment is located in an avenue with rush-hour traffic, noise and people passing on the

Posted on December 23, 2020

Balcony drain #1

The arch (in the city) inside home. 

Posted on December 23, 2020


Public space perceived from the inside of home. 

Posted on December 23, 2020


During these days, the table we normally use for large meals or celebrations with friends has become

Posted on December 23, 2020


A curtain, which prevents light from entering the room, announces that it is already daytime.

Posted on December 23, 2020


During this period of pause, we need to reflect on how to recover the harmony between built environm

Posted on December 23, 2020

Meeting point

The most common meeting point, a city’s main square, has no purpose now, at least for its huma

Posted on December 23, 2020


We live in a frightened society that does not know how to react to an unexpected catastrophe. People

Posted on December 23, 2020


In our daily lives we use different spaces for different activities. But in this situation of scarci

Posted on December 23, 2020

8:00 pm

Barcelona on a Friday at 8:00 pm, during the quarantine. Encouraging responsible citizens who stay a

Posted on December 23, 2020


In this work space -my room, where I spend most of my time these days- the window, with that large b

Posted on December 23, 2020

Reclaimed classroom

During the lockdown, education finds a way of continuing through any digital device that coexists wi

Posted on December 23, 2020

Known neighbour

Even in a period of restricted freedom, we are still social animals. In this strange and surreal sta

Posted on December 23, 2020


This was one of the first pictures I took when we started quarantining. It was a photo taken almost

Posted on December 23, 2020


I took a walk on a park close to my house. I needed to breathe. It had been more than a week without

Posted on December 23, 2020


This playground is left unused, as the children can no longer go outside to play. Since the pandemic

Posted on December 23, 2020

Quarantine Mood

“Quarantine mood”  was the recipient of the first prize of the A-Place short film c

Posted on April 21, 2021

Media Productions (Mixed media):

A Playful Place

Marina Kyriakou, First prize (category #ARediscoveredPlace) open call "A Confined Place&qu

Posted on April 13, 2021

An Everyones Place

Charlie Hatmann, Second prize (category  ​​​​​​#ARediscoveredPlace) open call &q

Posted on April 13, 2021

A Habits Place

Marina Papadakis, Third prize (category #ARediscoveredPlace) open call "A Confined Place&q

Posted on April 13, 2021

A Social Place

Sophie Thiel and Miriam Cooler, First prize (category #AReimaginedPlace) open call "A

Posted on April 13, 2021

A www Place

Johannes Mundinger, Second prize (category #AReimaginedPlace) open call "A Confined P

Posted on April 13, 2021

A Strategic Place

Eirini Gri, Third prize (category #AReimaginedPlace) open call "A Confined Place"

Posted on April 13, 2021

Other files:


- Open call

Urban Gorillas, Alive Architecture, La Salle School of Architecture.

Artists, professionals and general public who submit their works.


- Blog

Architecture students and faculty

La Salle School of Architecture, University of Ljubljana

Sitesize (Elvira Pujol, Joan Vila)

Art studies and human science students and faculty

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Students and staff from educational institutions outside the A-Place consortium contributing to the blog.