Piacenza, Italy

OC - Open City - International Summer School of Piacenza

when 30 August 2017 - 15 September 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 250

The 2017 edition, in continuity with the issues addressed in the previous editions, focuses on the many complementary forms of landscape that are recognizable in the enlarged territory of the city of Piacenza, taken as an exemplary case study of the contemporary state of the city and territory.

According to the most recent and innovative disciplinary researches, the background springs from integration among global scenarios (which European cities have to face with, because of the strong changes in social, economic and environmental balances) and local architectural transformations, which are necessary for regeneration of dismissed areas.

The “New Next Nature” (the title of the International workshop) - proposed to students as a basis for discussion and an interdisciplinary comparison and as a subject of project experimentation - comes from a thematic matrix capable of reinterpreting the relationship architecture-city-landscape in contemporaneity and with a look at future visions.

Students are called to imagine “Scenarios for Piacenza 2050” through the use and integration of innovative forms of nature into the city. In particular, projects - communicated through posters, utopian visions, models and installations - will give answers to questions that are the basis of the spatiality of our contemporary era:

- What shapes will cities in the future have?

- How can we imagine a rebalancing between artifice and nature in urban and metropolitan habitats?

- Can the city-nature / city-future ( città-natura / città futura) slogan become the emblem of the future of our lands and landscapes?

Course leader

Guya Bertelli POLIMI
Carlos García Vázquez ETSAS
Sara Protasoni POLIMI
Victor Ténez Ybern ETSAB

Target group

Participation is open to students attending the 3rd year of Bachelor Degree Courses and to students attending a Master in Architecture, Design, Engineering and Planning, as well as to PhD research students in disciplines of architecture and urban planning.

Course aim

The workshop aims at maintaining an open dialogue among the different design specialties needed to face the problems arising from architectural, urban and environmental transformations, becoming a discussion forum and a brainstorming workshop, where issues on the general development perspectives of contemporary habitats can be discussed.
The wide consensus this initiative has received during the last 7 editions, both inside and outside the academic scene, is the result not only of the scientific reputation of Politecnico di Milano but also of the innovative format and the fascinating history of the host city.

Credits info

8 EC
For participants enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree and Master in Architecture from the School of Architettura Urbanistica e Ingegneria delle costruzioni of the Politecnico di Milano, the 8 CFU can be used as the intership credits required for graduation or as elective courses.

The workshop may have different credit values for other universities.

Fee info

EUR 250: For registration sent until June 15th.
The fee includes weekday evening meals and workshop’s materials (printing and plotting, CD, and some model materials).
EUR 280: For registration sent between June 15th and July 10th.
The fee includes weekday evening meals and workshop’s materials (printing and plotting, CD, and some model materials).