Piazza XX Settembre, ., 12077 Monesiglio CN, Italy

Monumental Restoration

when 14 July 2019 - 14 September 2019
language English
duration 9 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 380

Banca del Fare is a Non-profit project that proposes ARCHITECTURE SUMMER WORKSHOPS immersed in the landscape of an ancient Italian countryside, Alta Langa, aiming to: transmit knowledge and building techniques related to stone traditional constructions and provide people with an opportunity to connect theoretically learning with an hands on approach.

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN?

WORKSHOPS ON MONUMENTAL RESTORATION AT THE CASTLE OF MONESIGLIO:
This is a unique occasion to study methods and elaborate projects on a real case study: the 13th century Castle of Monesiglio. Together with professors and specialists from the Polytechnique University of Turin, the Conservation and Restoration Centre of “La Venaria Reale”, the Holden School of Turin, the University of Florence, students will have the opportunity to participate on non-evasive tests on the castle’s walls and foundations giving their contributions and ideas to revitalize the castle.

This summer the workshops are:
1. STORYTELLING OF A CULTURAL PROJECT from July 14th to 27th
2. TECHNIQUES TO STABILIZE WALLS AND FOUNDATION OF MASONRY STRUCTURES from July 21st to August 3rd
3. THE DESIGN AND EXECUTION PROJECT OF MONESILGIO’S CASTLE GARDENS from July 28th to august 3rd and from September 1st to 7th
4. WORKSHOP ON THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF INDOOR AFFRESCO DECORATED SURFACES from September 1st to 14th

Course leader

1st WORKSHOP:

Since 1995 Professor Marco Vacchetti has been teaching for the Master of Narration Techniques program at the Holden School of Turin. From 2000 to 2006 he served as the programs director. He holds narratology and storytelling seminars for

Target group

The principal participants of our courses are mainly students of Architecture, Engineering and Fine Arts.
This includes not only Italians but also foreign students from different universities or projects (e.g. EVS,
Erasmus+). However, the school is open to anyone who is interested in a working architectural heritage
experience while living in a UNESCO designated area.

Course aim

1.STORYTELLING OF A CULTURAL PROJECT from July 14th to 27th

“THE CASTLE AND MONESIGLIO”: THE STORY CONTINUES…

Invention and display workshop. Field surveys, reconstruction of memories and creation of new visions on the Castle of Monesiglio and its territory.

GOALS: To know the past, understand the present, produce ideas that will transform into projects for the future, enhance projects with narration and visualization techniques.

HOW IS IT DEVELOPED: Seminar didactics with on field exercises, guided visits, drawing ideas, producing texts and audio-video, presentation of the proposed ideas.



STUDENTS WILL LEARN TO:
•Evaluate project ideas, recover memories, and create a new vision for Monesiglio’s castle and its territory.
•Conduct field surveys and collect testimonies from local residents and “stories” related to the site.
•Create cultural material and use it as a guide for future proposals.
•Enhance ideas through its narration (graphic, written or video) and use narrative presentation techniques.

2. TECHNIQUES TO STABILIZE WALLS AND FOUNDATION OF MASONRY STRUCTURES: MONESIGLIO'S CASTLE from July 21st to August 3rd

This course will cover both THEORETICAL and PRACTICAL material. It will be realized in collaboration with lecturers from the Polytechnic University of Turin. This has been made possible by a Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed with the University.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN HOW TO:
•Inspect structural elements.
•Identify static instability in masonry structures and seismic vulnerabilities.
•Carryout structural diagnostics of historic buildings.
•Use innovative techniques to recover existing heritage.
•Reinforce masonry walls.
•Characterize the soil for foundation work.
•Undertake core drilling on site.
•Stabilize collapsed foundations.

3.THE DESIGN AND EXECUTION PROJECT OF MONESILGIO’S CASTLE GARDENS from July 28th to august 3rd and from September 1st to 7th

There are two courses, each lasting one week:
1) DESIGNING THE GARDEN FROM JULY 28th TO AUGUST 3rd

STUDENTS WILL LEARN TO:
•Interpret and extract information from the castle’s historical documents.
•Experiment with digital techniques to survey the castle’s garden.
•Example of an execution project.
•Analyse the different phases of the project.
•Understand different types of projects during tours of various historical buildings in the area.
•Create an intervention framework including a cost analysis and other related calculations.
•Prepare a final restoration plan for the castle’s garden.

2) GARDEN RESTORATION AND PLANTING FROM SEPTEMBER 1st TO 7th

STUDENTS WILL LEARN TO:
•Properly make use of a plant nursery (visit to specialized plant nurseries).
•Gain practical knowledge of important trees and shrubs species (visit to historical gardens).
•Transplantation techniques and planting trees and shrubs.
•Hands-on experience planting.

4. WORKSHOP ON THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF INDOOR AFFRESCO DECORATED SURFACES from September 1st to 14th

This case study will apply the scientific methods associated with restoration and explore related themes, with guidance from the Conservation and Restoration Centre of “La Venaria Reale”.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN TO:
•Draw up a preliminary study and intervention.
•Understand and investigate a complex historical building affected by multiple renovations.
•Do conservation and restoration work with an integrated and interdisciplinary approach.
•Evaluate the state of conservation through a cause/effect analysis.
•Explore the stratigraphic and material layers through sampling and designing a diagnostic plan.
•Work in teams for cooperative and inclusive learning with theoretical lessons and practical activities.
•Work with all the professionals involved in the preparation of a study and intervention project (scholars, diagnostics, officials and representatives of the protection bodies).

Credits info

4 EC
4/6 credits for students attending the Polytechnic University of Turin (for Architecture or Engineering)

Fee info

EUR 380: 7 days = 380€ if booked before the 15th of June, after this date the price will increase 10%

•52 hours of theoretical, practical, and cultural activities;
•Food costs (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) cooked by a professional chef;
•Accommodation: in bedrooms of 2, 3, 4 and 7 beds;
•Transport to and from the closest railway station and transportation during the course;
•Tours on the region to experience some of its historical and natural heritage;
•Enogastronomy Tour with lunch and tasting of the local products (optional with extra cost);
•Events in the evening: cinema, theatre, music, and theme nights.
EUR 675: 14 days = 380€ if booked before the 15th of June, after this date the price will increase 10%

•102 hours of theoretical, practical, and cultural activities;
•Food costs (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) cooked by a professional chef;
•Accommodation: in bedrooms of 2, 3, 4 and 7 beds;
•Transport to and from the closest railway station and transportation during the course;
•Tours on the region to experience some of its historical and natural heritage;
•Enogastronomy Tour with lunch and tasting of the local products (optional with extra cost);
•Events in the evening: cinema, theatre, music, and theme nights.