City Lab Venice

Space : People : Possibilities
This course is organized and supervised by POLIGONAL Office for Urban Communication Berlin
About the Course

This year's theme of the Architecture Biennale is 'Freespace', which the curators define as "architecture's capacity to find additional and unexpected generosity - even within the most private, defensive, exclusive or commercially restricted conditions".

In our one week course we critically and playfully explore Freespace not only as a "generosity" that architecture can offer to society but also as a political, social and deeply urban condition. Freespace is not simply found or even designed, it is lived and made; in a nutshell, freespace is emancipatory. For such reflections we use both the Biennale exhibitions and the city of Venice as our field sites.

In a diverse set of lectures, hands-on workshops, discussions, and tours with local and international experts we will enquire into the conditions - potentials and restrictions - that make Freespace possible for different groups of people in Venice, but also in cities in general.
SCHEDULE: City Lab Venice
August 20 - 25 | Apply until August 19!
Quick Checklist
Who Is This For?
Architecture & Urban planning professionals
Social Scientists
No prior experience required
What Do You Get?
Get inspired during 6 days of classes, hands-on workshops, city walks, discussions, and visits of local institutions.
Learn from high-level international speakers and local professionals.
Get Academy Certificate and your own City Lab Documentation.
Upgrade your practical & soft skills.
Get access to a powerful network.
How to Apply?
The application process is easy and user-friendly. Fill in the application form below and pay the tuition fee to secure the place.
Booking Details and Fees
Application deadline: Apply until August 19!
Tuition: €950
Housing: available at extra cost of appx. €450.
Location: Palazzo Rossini, 4013 Campo Manin, 30124 Venezia
All courses are in English.
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Meet your lecturers
You will meet international experts from all over the world. Here are some of the lecturers.
As Urbanist, Architect and Researcher, Christian has experience in academic education and research in city planning, urban design, and urban sociology. Christian is Senior Researcher at the Habitat Unit and lecturer at the Urban Management Masters Programme of the Technical University Berlin.
As architect, urbanist and curator Lukas has gained hands-on experience and has worked as a university lecturer for many years. His thematic focus is on historic and contemporary housing, post-war urbanism, architectural heritage, and urban everyday life.

Architect, one of the founders of Babau Bureau, an architecture office. The approach of the office is based on the research of site-specific architecture. Stefano holds a PhD in architectural composition from IUAV of Venice.
Venice Biennale Education Department
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Address: Palazzo Rossini, 4013 Campo Manin, 30124 Venice, Italy.
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