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The investigation project Rurapolis takes place in the cross-border territory of the Atlantic Pyrenees (France) and Navarre (Spain). Rural ruins are used as a tool for regional development in the context of the climatic and societal challenges we are now facing.

The Rurapolis Summerschool will be introduced in May 2022 during an inaugural round table at ÉNSA Versailles (& online), in parallel with the Architecture and Landscape Biennal BAP!, whose annual theme (Earth and Cities) is in line with the issues of the Rurapolis.
Invited to this inaugural round table are personalities involved in the processes of recovery, in a search for economy of means, of the built heritage, of an exploration of the territory and of human relations in peri-urban and rural areas.


The Summerschool Rurapolis is open to architecture students and to anyone interested by the thematic; it will take place over eight days from the 1st to the 9th of September 2022 in Navarra, Spain. It will be structured around a series of lectures at the Palacio Condestable in Pamplona, with well-known personalities at European and regional level, and a prospective exploration of the territory with the help of cartographic material developed during the research. Then, a small architecture/amphitheatre/totem made of raw earth and mixed techniques will be developed in the abandonned village of Egulbati, which will allow the development of a sustainable constructive intelligence and the first *earthy* milestone of the Rurapolis. The training on the rammed earth technique will be carried out with a raw earth expert. At the end of the stay, the collectively designed architectural object will host a cultural and festive event, making the reactivation of the neglected village structures in this territory possible and attractive.

Round table




Tuesday, 17th of May 2022 • 17h00 - 19h30 | ÉNSA Versailles


Luciano Aletta • PhD candidate at the Paris Seine Graduate School Humanities, Creation and Heritage of the University of Cergy-Pontoise and member of LéaV. His research concerns the possibility offered by communal forms of land ownership to rethink the spatial and political structures of our territories.
Orekari Estudio architectural cooperative based in Pamplona, Spain - involved in the project Repensar la Periferia and the collective eco-building rehabilitation process of the depopulated village of Zoroquiain, in Navarra. The cooperative will be represented by Ioar Cabodevilla.
Atelier Aïnoarchitectural studio based in Marseille - specialized in rehabilitation and eco-construction, with a focus on reuse and experimentation with natural materials. The agency will be represented by Charlotte Lovera.
Francesco Careri architect, associate professor at the architecture department of Roma Tre University, co-founder of the Stalker collective, and author of Walkscapes, Walking as Aesthetic Practice (2011). 


Susanne Stacher, architect & Teacher HDR at the ÉNSA Versailles/LéaV

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Thursday, 1st - Friday, 9th of September 2022

Palacio Condestable • Pamplona

Egulbati • Valle de Eguës, Navarra, Spain


Anna Chavepayre architect and co-founder of the Collectif Encore, showing a reinvented rurality through a cartography of public and private projects in the Bearn region and the French Basque Country, and a reflexion on infrastructures and ways of living in rural areas.
Estelle Barriol as a founding architect of Studio Acte based in Rotterdam, she inscribes her practice in an architectural process involving the material, experimentation, techniques and the user. The Rotterdam Earth project, launched in partnership with the municipality, is based on several years of teaching and research into raw earth.
Orekari Estudio see below.

Day 1 · Thursday 01.09.2022 · Palacio Condestable, Pamplona
10:00 - 14:00 · 17:00-19:00 ·

Presentation & introduction of the Summerschool Rurapolis 2022
Raw earth workshop (tabiyya models) and mapping of rural depopulation in Navarre,

19:00-19:45 · Lecture
Rurapolis · Salomé Wackernagel

    Video · Lecture RURAPOLIS [EN]
19:45 - 20:30 · Lecture Studio Acte · Estelle Barriol

    Video · Lecture STUDIO ACTE [EN]

Day 2 · Friday 02.09.2022
08:30 - 16:00 · Morning walk / Wandering from the outskirts of Sarriguren to Egulbati - On site: presentation of the workshop, distribution of tasks, earth/soil tests, picnic
19:00 · Palacio Condestable, Pamplona
19:00-19:45 · Lecture
Orekari Estudio

    Video · Lecture OREKARI ESTUDIO [EN]

19:45-20:30 · Lecture Anna Chavepayre · Collectif Encore

    Video · Lecture COLLECTIF ENCORE [EN]

Days 3-7 · Saturday 03.09.2022 · Thursday 08.09.2022
Tabiyya/rammed earth construction site in Egulbati with
Jonathan Martens, raw earth expert · Habitaterre
Thursday 08.09.2022 · Festive opening of the created piece with performance and dinner, bivouac on site - Performance by the Colombian dancer and choreographer
Galina Rodríguez, based in Pamplona, developed in 2020 as part of the Repensar la Periferia project entitled Terra, in which she highlights, through an itinerant intervention, the territory on the fringes and the peripheral feeling of the exiled people, who are constantly looking for a land to put down roots.
Friday 09.09.2022 · Breakfast on site, storage & departure


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Registration open until 15.08.2022, within the limit of the number of places available
Please fill in the form in order to complete the registration and proceed to the payment by bank transfer.


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* Actual price excluding potential funding Travel, accomodation & meals are presently to be met by the participants Last dinner offered by the organisators

The lectures and the final performance are open to the public.


The village of Egulbati is located just a little further than the outskirts of Pamplona. Due to its private property status, the area has been preserved from massive deforestation over the last few decades, giving it an excellent degree of environmental conservation, hence the desire of the Valle de Egüés to acquire it for recreational and educational use, including the creation of a nature interpretation centre. Egulbati is an interesting destination for a peri-urban journey from the outskirts of Pamplona, which would allow the participants of the Summerschool Rurapolis to fully experience this issue. The will of the site's administration to convert the abandonned village in a socio-cultural place connected to nature issues can be a springboard for a punctual architectural and cultural intervention on this site.


Access ·
From Paris: TGV Paris Montparnasse - Hendaye, then Bus Irun - Pamplona (1h30) the village of Egulbati can be reached from Pamplona in 25mn by car - or 20mn by public transport to the Ubarmin clinic, then 50mn by foot.
Accomodation ·

Various casas rurales (rural hostels) in Elcano (35mn walk) and Sagaseta (20mn walk), multiple accommodation possibilities in Pamplona itself, cf. Albergue Plaza Catedral

Language ·

Main language will be English. French will be an option as it is the usual language of the workshop's supervisors. Spanish will be used in the context immersion when necessary.



Ayuntamiento del Valle de Eguës

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Ayuntamiento de Pamplona


Paris- CY University

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ÉNSA Versailles


Research Laboratory of the ÉNSAV

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Summerschool based on the thesis project - Rurapolis - Rethinking the Periphery through rural ruins in the Euroregion New Aquitaine, Euskadi, Navarra · Salomé Wackernagel

Practice-led research PhD · Research School Humanities, Creation and Heritage of Cergy University (CY) | Direction · Susanne Stacher · LéaV Co-supervision · Juan-José Pons Izquierdo, Universidad de Navarra (UNAV)

This work was supported by the Paris - CY Graduate School Humanities, Creation, Heritage, Future investment

« Investissement d’Avenir ANR-17-EURE-0021 »

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