RTL’s hands-on architecture interventions

Join experimental hands-on workshops this autumn to learn how to sustainably transform your cultural…

Published on Aug. 23, 2023

Join experimental hands-on workshops this autumn to learn how to sustainably transform your cultural space, aided by our mobility grant!

What if our cities welcomed the forest, the wetlands, the weeds, the insects or the rabbits instead of chasing them away? What if cities became welcoming places for all living things, including humans? How can we stop building and start rebuilding a world with what we normally throw away?

Together we want to explore these questions by experimenting with new forms of living in two exemplary places: Aarhus, in the small spontaneous city along the old railway called Institute for X, and in Zilina, around the once abandoned railway station, where passengers now enter a self-managed community space called Stanica-Truc Spherique under a large roadblock.

About the interventions

The Rebuilding to Last Participatory Architecture Interventions (RTL PAI) are experimental hands-on workshops organised and hosted by two  cultural spaces who got a small grant from the Rebuilding to Last project to implement environmental future-proofing solutions in their spaces and/or neighbourhoods.

Between September 2023 and May 2024, both cultural spaces with the help of the RTL project partners – who are experts in sustainable transformation practices – will organise a series of hands-on participatory interventions that will help the centres to make their spaces more sustainable. Through these interventions, we hope to enable the participants to accumulate and share theoretical and practical knowledge on regenerating, rethinking, renovating, and restructuring of cultural, community and social/physical spaces, in a lasting manner that is in balance with the ecosystem.

The first series of workshops will take place this autumn:

How can I join?

We offer 10 mobility grants to visit one or both workshops scheduled for this autumn. Each grant is a set amount of 500 EUR per person per workshop. This amount is meant to help ease the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence during the interventions. However, it might not cover 100% all the costs!

Who can apply?

Call is open to all interested. Priority will be given to staff of independent cultural centres across Europe, especially TEH member centres, as well as staff of organisations who participated in the RTL Hackathon in Berlin in January 2023.

DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to make a selection of participants and/or limit the number of participants per workshop, in accordance with workshop programmes and planning.

How to apply?

Interested participants are invited to apply by filling out this registration form.

  • The form is open between 23 August and 6 September 2023.
  • Deadline: Please apply by 6 September 2023, 23.59 CET.

Practical details to know before applying

Selected participants will be invited to sign a letter of agreement, setting out the terms of collaboration. The mobility grant will be paid out in two transfers:

  • a 1st instalment of 80% as much as possible before the travel takes place
  • a 2nd instalment of 20% after the workshop, dependent on the attendance sheet signature and submission of travel proof and short report.

The PAI interventions are co-designed and led by the host organisations, Institut for X and Stanica-Truc Spherique, together with RTL partners: Manifatture Knos (coordination), Coloco, Todo por la Praxis, University of Liege and will have an additional learning element by Eurecat.

The day-by-day programmes of the workshops will be shared with participants in the week before the intervention.


  • 22 August 2023 – Call for applicants opens
  • 06 Sep 2023 – Deadline for applications
  • 7-8 Sep 2023 – Review of application and pre-selection
  • 11-13 Sep 2023 – Pre-selection results and sign letters of agreement
  • 13-15 Sep 2023 – Payment of mobility grants 1st instalments
  • 18-23 Sep 2023 – Workshop at Institut for X
  • 10-14 Oct 2023 – Workshop at Stanica/Truc Spherique
  • 24 Sep – 27 Oct 23 – Documentation collection and review
  • 30 Oct –10 Nov 23  – Payment of mobility grants 2nd instalments


For any questions regarding the application process and the project, you can contact rtl@teh.net .

About the project

The Rebuilding to Last project will research how cultural spaces are implementing (or aim to implement) sustainable solutions in their spaces and practices and test fit-for-purpose ideas. The ambition of the project is to build capacity of independent cultural spaces to address sustainable renovation of their buildings and champion sustainable transition among their teams, audiences, communities and cities. More about the project here (LINK).

RTL Partners

Associate partners


The project is funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.