Italy, Venice

Exhibiting Architecture - Curation, Preservation and Mass Tourism

when 1 July 2021 - 14 July 2021
language Italian
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1650

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been postponed to 2021.

Join one of the four summer studios that interpret the historical city and the socio-cultural pressures shaping it today.

Applications may be received directly via ECA website.

Note that you apply for a studio is a preference, the announcement of the allocation of your studio will take place in May 2020.

Students should apply through the Global Mobility Office of their University if the ECA and the Exhibiting Architecture course is approved as a study abroad programme.
This course requires a submission of 5 pages max. (A3) pdf digital portfolio of previous studio work.


National Representations at the Venice Biennale:

Looking at the very particular case of the Venice Architecture Biennale and its national representations, this studio invites students to explore the historical and theoretical conditions but also the political and institutional contexts under which architecture exhibitions are produced and consumed.



Editions. Venice's Tourist Curators:

Venice is made when the tourist's eye and the souls of buildings intersect on the surface of things. In this studio the high-stakes cultural program of the 21stC tourist aligns with the nuanced repertoire of the architecture curator to produce neither strange, nor anticipated 'editions' of the most iconic buildings in Venice.



Not_I am Emotional:

Venice still lies before our eyes as it was in its final period of decadence: so weak, so silent, stripped of everything except its beauty. These historical and phantasmic presences are often tied to stories of disappearing streets, talking monuments, and cursed islands and buildings such as Palazzo Dario. This studio will ask students to imagine and construct a house, which physically reacts to its inhabitant's emotions and thus adapts its spatiality to them.



180 Housing Units in Venice

In Venice, the intersection of tourism and preservation equals Housing. This studio explores domestic life through the detailed development of the individual unit, shared areas and the common city, speculating that housing could still be idle, almost useless in the contemporary city – and can, therefore, represent a challenge to Venice's status quo today.

Course leader

Taught by Léa-Catherine Szacka, University of Manchester; Scott Woods, University of Melbourne; Daniela Mitterberger and Tiziano Derme, University of Applied Arts Vienna; Urtzi Grau, UTS Sydney

Target group

Architecture, Design, and Urbanism students (min. 1 year of study completed).
-Post Graduate researchers
-Recent graduates and young professionals

Credits info

This course is equivalent to one ‘elective’ subject from an undergraduate or graduate degree for architecture students.

Fee info

EUR 1650: Course fee