Italy, Pisa

“The City and the Water. Architectural and Landscape design for the valorisation of the Massaciuccoli lake in Tuscany” 2018 Edition

when 27 August 2018 - 6 September 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 500

The International Summer School “The city and the Water” starts from the awareness of the value of the Massaciuccoli Lake (Massarosa, Lucca) and its territory. In continuity with the past edition, the summer school will focus on the part of the Massaciuccoli Lake belonging to the Municipality of Viareggio: the area between the town of Torre del Lago-Puccini and the industrial area of San Rocchino. This area is characterized by a high landscape potentiality but, at the same time, high physical, social and environmental degradation, in contrast with the San Rossore-Massaciuccoli Park regulations. If the town of Torre del Lago-Puccini represents today an international cultural centre, strictly linked to the figure of Giacomo Puccini, the adjacent area towards Viareggio is characterized by anonymous places and the huge “Carbonaia” dump. This area is therefore a fragment, a neglected thin strip of land between the Tirrenian sea and the Apuan Alpes, called ""Fishbone park"" for its physical shape.
Students will be engaged in developing projects for the valorization of the landascape values of the area, under the guide of tutors, professors and experts in the field of architecture, landscape design.

Course leader

Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua

Target group

The international Summer School is addressed to students in Architecture, Urban planning, Landscape Design, Building engineering and to young professionals from all EU and non-EU countries.

Course aim

The aim of the Summer School is to redesign the natural, archaeological and anthropic contexts, neighbouring with a natural environment still compromised by the presence of several small factories and productive activities. With a systemic vision, that takes into account environmental, physical, historical, cultural and socio-economic aspects, the students will develop project aimed:
- to take back and to preserve the natural environment,
- to create new economic, tourist and productive opportunities linked to the lake and its surroundings.
The final projects of the Summer School could therefore represent the starting point for stimulating discussions about how the landscape environment can represent an opportunity for the inhabitants of the municipalities of Massarosa, Viareggio and Vecchiano, for the small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the territory, as well as for the local institutions, in terms of contribution to improve the awareness of their own potential and wealth, and above all for the people living in the small village of Torre del Lago, which could become a strategic link between the lake system and the sea.

Fee info

EUR 500: course fees
EUR 250: accomodation



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