CITY LAB VENICE:
SPACE - PEOPLE - POSSIBILITIES
In our one-week course we critically and playfully explore public space not only as a "generosity" that architecture can offer to society but also as a political, social and deeply urban condition. Public space is not simply found or even designed, it is lived and made; in a nutshell, public space 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 public space possible for different groups of people in Venice, but also in cities in general.

In collaboration with Poligonal. Office for Urban Communication.
AVAILABILITY: PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

DATES: July 7-11, 2019

DURATION: One week

TUITION FEE:
950 EURO

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 5, 2019

LANGUAGE:
English

LOCATION:
Palazzo Rossini, 4013 Campo Manin, 30124 Venice

CALL OR WHATSAPP US:
+39 320 245 06 31

EMAIL US:
study@europeanculturalacademy.eu
HOW YOU BENEFIT
INSPIRATION
You come to Venice to get inspired and learn from the great architects of the Past and the Present. We will guide you through the iconic and not-so-famous Venetian locations. The classes take place in a historic Venetian palazzo, throughout the course you will be exposed to amazing architecture, art and design.
RESEARCH PROJECT WITH TANGIBLE RESULT
The outcome of the one-week course will be a magazine created by the participants, reflecting on the role of public space in Venice.

Understand the complex urban challenges that Venice as a city is facing. Mass tourism, heritage and the lack of public spaces are addressed. Explore the exciting case study of Venice and receive a meaningful addition to your portfolio.
PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
The course attracts professionals and students from all over the world - on average there are 11 nationalities per group. Small group size guarantees personal attention to each participant and gives you a change to interact closely with our faculty. ECA staff is very responsive in introducing you to our network in Venice or other European cities. Whether you need a reference or would like to do a project in Venice, we will be happy to put you in touch with relevant people.
PARTICIPANT PROFILE
WHO CAN JOIN?
  • Architecture & Urban planning professionals
  • Students
  • Designers
  • Social Scientists
  • Artists
  • No prior experience required
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.
Cristina Gregorin
Venice Cultural Heritage Expert. She has worked for UNESCO, and written a book on Venice Master Artisans, along with a number of articles for other books and magazines.
TESTIMONIALS
Read alumni stories and course reviews. ECA alumni network is a powerful and an inspiring community.
"Participating at the City Lab Venice 2018 enabled me to immerse myself into the theme of the Biennale "Freespace" and reflect on it during the workshop. I did not only acquire knowledge about Venice and its complexity, but I also gained a new perspective on how free and generous spaces can contribute to the city."

Lydia Oehlwein
M.Sc. Urban Design
"City lab was an immersive, international learning experience that taught me how to look at a city in new ways. I particularly enjoyed the balance between lectures and guided tours and having a zine of all our ideas/projects to show at the end of the week). By the end, I was left feeling like I thoroughly knew a new Venice and learned new investigation skills that I will be able to apply to my study of architecture and other urban landscapes."
Anna Blair
Architecture Student
"Responding to the biennale topic of this year "free space", helped me to analyse space in different perspectives. Hearing about others' cultural and academic background made the experience very enriching for all of us. Nevertheless, how the topic was interrelated according citizenship, cultural and religious factors gave the course a special mindset. I will make sure to take this knowledge with me to consider these interesting thoughts in my future life as an architect and planner."
Gustavo Havelange
Artchitecture & Urban Planning Student
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