Italy, Venice

City Lab Venice - Space - People - Possibilities

when 2 July 2019 - 6 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 950

In our one-week course we critically and playfully explore public space not only as a "generosity" that architecture can offer to society but also as a political, social and deeply urban condition. Public space is not simply found or even designed, it is lived and made; in a nutshell, public space is emancipatory. For such reflections we use both the Biennale exhibitions and the city of Venice as our field sites.

In a diverse set of lectures, hands-on workshops, discussions, and tours with local and international experts we will enquire into the conditions - potentials and restrictions - that make public space possible for different groups of people in Venice, but also in cities in general.

Course leader

Poligonal in collaboration with European Cultural Academy

Target group

Architecture & Urban planning professionals
Social Scientists
No prior experience required

Course aim

You come to Venice to get inspired and learn from the great architects of the Past and the Present. We will guide you through the iconic and not-so-famous Venetian locations. The classes take place in a historic Venetian palazzo, throughout the course you will be exposed to amazing architecture, art and design.

The outcome of the one-week course will be a magazine created by the participants, reflecting on the role of public space in Venice.

Understand the complex urban challenges that Venice as a city is facing. Mass tourism, heritage and the lack of public spaces are addressed. Explore the exciting case study of Venice and receive a meaningful addition to your portfolio.

The course attracts professionals and students from all over the world - on average there are 11 nationalities per group. Small group size guarantees personal attention to each participant and gives you a change to interact closely with our faculty. ECA staff is very responsive in introducing you to our network in Venice or other European cities. Whether you need a reference or would like to do a project in Venice, we will be happy to put you in touch with relevant people.

Credits info

University students will only get credits if their university has a partnership with ECA.

Fee info

EUR 950: All course fees include the following:

Classes and tuition
Study files / materials
Tickets to all museums and the Venice Biennale facilities during the program
European Cultural Centre catalogue 2019
Welcome and graduation events (welcoming breakfast and a boat ride)
Goodie bag with a map of Venice, notebook and a pen
Personalised graduation certificate