Artena, Italy

Biourbanism: Designing a Home of Language

when 13 July 2019 - 20 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 520

The school gathers fantastic people from all over the world to live together in the ancient Italian village of Artena, located 35 km south of Rome. Keynote lectures, workshops, artistic practices, a day trip, book presentations, concerts, sketch sessions, local interactions, mules, and delicious food will make the time fly while learning a real practice of biourbanism.

Best-selling author of The Battle for Home and Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development 2018 Laureate Arch. Marwa al-Sabouni (Syria) discusses social conflict and post-war reconstruction. The father of bioclimatic architecture, Prof. Arch. Sergio Los (Italy), offers a praxis on designing an Out-of-Market City while artist and biourbanist Prof. Arch. Marco Casagrande (Finland) builds a communal sauna with the participants. Artist practices and lectures from Turkey, Greece, Italy, the U.S., and the U.K. will be held throughout the piazzas of this ancient hilltop town that prohibits cars, and where mules manage the transportation and recycling. Please check the full program on the School's website.

Course leader

Dr. Stefano Serafini

Target group

Architects, geographers, urban and social science scholars and researchers, artists, and political activists.

Course aim

Prototyping a biourban model of city, landscape, and civic organization that encompasses politics, epistemology, and design.

Credits info

10 EC
The school releases an ISB diploma upon completion of the course. Credit recognition has been requested to an Italian University. In case of request from Italian professionals, the School will apply for credit recognition to the Italian Chamber of Architects.

Fee info

EUR 520: Enrollment fee, including insurance and ISB 2019 membership, to be paid when booking.
EUR 300: Half-board lodging in a space shared by two (other options on request). It includes breakfast and dinner for seven days. To be paid on the spot.


Discounts available for certain Countries and/or for special reasons.