SCUOLA DI
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O.C. - OPEN CITY INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL 2018

Summer School

O.C. - OPEN CITY INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL 2018

from ecological landscape to architectural design

9th EDITION

August 29th - September 14th 2018

LANDSCAPE 4.0

Promoters / Promotori

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

School of Architecture Urban Planning and Construction Engineering

DAStU Department

Polo Territoriale di Piacenza

POLIPIACENZA

Direction / Direzione

Guya Bertelli POLIMI

Carlos García Vázquez ETSAS

Sara Protasoni POLIMI

Carmen Andriani UNIGE

Coordination / Coordinamento   

Pasquale Mei   
Mario Morrica
Michele Roda                                                                                                                                  


Organizzazione / Organization office / Web-site

Anna Solimando

Contacts / Contatti

+39 0523 356779 - +39 0523 356789 

Twitter: @OCOPENCITY

Instagram: oc_open_city

1. PROGRAM 

2. ISSUE 
3. DEADLINES

1. PROGRAM

The International Summer School program includes:

WORKSHOP

A daily workshop is applied to specific issues typical of architectural and landscape design on different scales, aimed at the quality and sustainability of habitat transformation processes. 

Students attended the workshop will be divided into 3 different work-groups, each one formed by 30/35 students for a total amount of 100 participants.

SERIES OF NIGHT CONFERENCES*

A series of 6 conferences held by designers and scholars of international renown, with the presentation of projects and discussions on current design issues in parallel with the basic communications held by in-house lecturers.

LECTURERS

ALFREDO BRILLEMBOURG. MICHELE  ARNABOLDI. HENRI BAVA*. JOSEP BOHIGAS. GONCALO BYRNE*. MARIO CUCINELLA. KARIN HELMS*. FRANCO FARINELLI. JORDI GARCES*. CHRISTOPHE GIROT*. JOAO GOMEZ DA SILVA. MANUEL GAUSA. CATHERINE MOSBACH. GIANFRANCO NERI. JOAO NUNES*. PIET OUDOLF*. CAMILO REBELO. MOSE’ RICCI. JUAN MANUEL PALERM SALAZAR. BENEDETTA TAGLIABUE*. PATRICIA VIEL. GUNTHER VOGT*. VLADIMIR SITTA
*waiting for confirmation


SERIES OF PARALLEL EVENTS 

A series of 3 parallel events oriented to integrate architectural topics with close disciplines, mainly art and cinema.


THREE CRITICAL REVISIONS

The Summer School has foreseen 3 critical revisions with the participation of an International Commission, composed by 15 commissioners. The work conducted in the design laboratory shall undergo progress reviews with the attendance of national and international key figures in architectural culture. 

The 1st mid-term critic, on September 1st, will be held in Venezia, within the 16. Biennale di Architettura (Biennale Sessions).

CFU

For each participant, the OC International Summer School will release an official certificate of attendance. For participants enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree and Master in Architecture from the School of Architettura Urbanistica e Ingegneria delle Costruzioni of Politecnico di Milano, the 8 CFU can be used as the internship credits required for graduation or as elective courses.
The workshop may have different credit values for other universities. 

2. ISSUE

The 2018 edition, in continuity with the themes dealt of the previous editions, focuses the attention on the multiple and complementary forms of integration between landscape and society.

Sharing is proposed as a key word for the transformative processes of contemporary landscapes and territories. Only a careful research for identities of places, where local communities can be recognized and rediscovered themselves, allows us to reach a quality that integrates spatiality with the sense of sociality.

Along this background, the direction and the coordination of the workshop identifies some paradigmatic places in the enlarged territory of the city of Piacenza, taken as an exemplary case-studies of contemporary conditions.

Deeply, the landscapes that are proposed to students as a basis for discussion and comparison - complex and interdisciplinary - and as object of the design experimentation, correspond with some abandoned military areas of the city that build an interacting and multi-scale sequence along the axis of Via Emilia Pavese: Pontieri Laboratory, Pertite Barracks, Lusignani Barracks.

Because of their location on the northern edge of the city and at the same time in contact with the fluvial areas of the future Po River Park, the regeneration (physical-spatial, socio-economic, technical-infrastructural) of these 3 urban places can be understood as an opportunity for a wide rethinking and re-interpretation of the relationships among architecture-city-landscape in the contemporary reality.

The design work for visions that joins spatiality and sociality is in many ways one of the most stressed frontier of current disciplinary research at international level and will be addressed here without limits of scale in a renewed and continually fluctuating relationships among the local and the global plan, without a priori functional definitions.

The considered areas are intended as huge potential in terms of regeneration, reuse and recovery of urban quality. They are strongly connected and they build interacting synergies with: dismantled infrastructural areas, other military areas, under-utilized demersal areas, natural areas along the banks of the Po and Trebbia rivers, areas bordering on the consolidated residential zones, transition bands between the built-up system and the agricultural plain.

Part of the intensive design experience will be the activation of one or more areas with a view oriented to build a vision that responds to the proposed scenario. The project will be communicated, in the mid-term and final critics, with the traditional tools of the discipline (drawings and above all models, consistent with the training setting of the Campus of Piacenza of the Politecnico di Milano) but also by means of installations and of story-telling (mainly videos).

The "complementary landscapes" to which the Summer School will look at will then coincide, on the one hand, with the "architectural fact" itself rooted in the local context, on the other hand, it’s strongly integrated with urban and territorial dynamics (the city is the landscape and the landscape is the city) characterized by the presence of watercourses and marginal agricultural areas to the city itself.

The problematic scenario proposed as a background arises from the integration of global scenarios (to which European cities are called to respond to changes in social, economic and environmental equilibrium) and the local architectural transformations, which is necessary for the regeneration of neglected areas. In this sense, the same concept of landscape is subject of a radical rethinking, as a "complex product" of multiple, variable and dynamic events, which occurs each time either as a result of a complexity of interfering glances or as an extreme synthesis of heterogeneous and sometimes contradictory materials of the project. The landscape as a result to be achieved, and not as a priori model to be applied in the various conditions. In this perspective, the project is the "common" construction of multiple disciplinary contributions, as a significant and expressive result of this particular interscalar, multifunctional, multi-faceted architecture.

In line with these premises, the goal of the workshop will be the project of a landscape-city vision that develops architecturally in the design of an integrated space sequence designed for different and innovative and experimental functions (even in an optics of circular economy), able to reactivate fragments of the city of Piacenza and its immediate around in a synergistic and transformative logic.

 

key-words

  • Landscape
  • Sharing 
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Resilience
  • Creativity

OC last editions titles:

2010   Between the city and the river

2011   Living the street

2012   Landscape in sequence

2013   Nature in the city

2014   Architecture for a creative city

2015   Feeding (the) Landscape

2016   Landscape in Motion

2017   New Next Nature

3. DEADLINES

The international Summer School will take place from August 29th to September 14th, 2018. 

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. The program is restricted to a maximum of 100 selected students. 

Students have to submit their application form via the website on the Registration page (www.intschool.polimi.it/regist). 

The application must be accompanied by a scientific curriculum and a letter of motivation (maximum 2 A4 pages). 


Registration Deadlines:

  • Early-bird registration:

Application must be send by the web-site within June 20th, 2018

By June 30th, 2018 application’s approval will be notified by e-mail, by the school’s direction, communicating modalities to pay the entry fee (€ 250,00).

By July 7th, 2018 registration has to be confirmed through a bank transfer

  • Late Registration:

Application must be send by the web-site within July 15th, 2018

By July 25th, 2018 application’s approval will be notified by e-mail, by the school’s direction, communicating modalities to pay the entry fee (€ 280,00).

By July 31rd, 2018 registration has to be confirmed through a bank transfer

In order to complete the registration, the candidate will be asked to submit a proof of payment via e-mail (oc.summerschool@gmail.com) with a letter of acceptance. 

The fee includes weekday evening meals, workshop’s and lectures’ attendance and workshop’s materials (printing and plotting, CD, and some model materials) and visit to Biennale, on Sept the 1st (bus + entrance ticket to Biennale). 

Room and board: on request of the participants, the organization can book accommodation in hostels or B&B with a cost of € 20,00 per night (bed&breakfast).

The official language of the International Summer School is English. 

OC OPEN CITY International Summer School

Polo Territoriale di Piacenza

Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni

Politecnico di Milano