CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE -
RELEVANCE OF SITE-SPECIFIC APPROACH
The course is composed of a comprehensive analysis on Venice urban system, its embedded ecologies, and contemporary architectural challenges - concepts introduced through sites explorations, specific lectures and design sessions.
The course focuses on the Venice relation to nature in the construction of a project for a lagoon city. Both both territorial and architectural physical materiality and metabolic systems of Venice are confronted, to foster new design interpretations and possibilities for the programming and activation of sites in the city.

Suspended between land and water, a reality which seems to have remained untouched and immutable, the city of Venice, considered at the verge of a perpetual standstill, has instead molded itself through history. Rather than being a static entity, it served as a feverish terrain for architectural debates, interventions and experimentations for centuries.

To demystify the perception of Venice as an architecture experiment that rather preferred to live upon its own created myth - continuing its own architectural time, choosing to renounce those project that would have put it at the front of contemporary architectural discussion - this year ECA summer course will recollect and investigate crucial lost, unbuilt or forgotten projects which felt between the cracks of history and missed to become parts of its current reality.
Participants will be invited to reenact those absences and speculate on the aftermath, imagine their repercussions, illustrate their side-effects and eventual denouement in the contemporary city of Venice. Each participant will become a forensic observer wandering, documenting, collecting traces of lost architectural interventions, to speculate and draw highly personal interpretations of this inviable Venetian heritage.

AVAILABILITY: PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

DATES: JULY 8 - 20, 2019

DURATION: Two weeks

TUITION FEE: 1650 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
The course focuses on the Venice relation to nature in the construction of a project for a lagoon city. Both both territorial and architectural physical materiality and metabolic systems of Venice are confronted, to foster new design interpretations and possibilities for the programming and activation of sites in the city.

Suspended between land and water, a reality which seems to have remained untouched and immutable, the city of Venice, considered at the verge of a perpetual standstill, has instead molded itself through history. Rather than being a static entity, it served as a feverish terrain for architectural debates, interventions and experimentations for centuries.

To demystify the perception of Venice as an architecture experiment that rather preferred to live upon its own created myth - continuing its own architectural time, choosing to renounce those project that would have put it at the front of contemporary architectural discussion - this year ECA summer course will recollect and investigate crucial lost, unbuilt or forgotten projects which felt between the cracks of history and missed to become parts of its current reality.

Participants will be invited to reenact those absences and speculate on the aftermath, imagine their repercussions, illustrate their side-effects and eventual denouement in the contemporary city of Venice. Each participant will become a forensic observer wandering, documenting, collecting traces of lost architectural interventions, to speculate and draw highly personal interpretations of this inviable Venetian heritage.
AVAILABILITY: PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

DATES: JULY 8 - 20, 2019

DURATION: Two weeks

TUITION FEE: 1650 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
PROGRAMME OUTCOME
Participants will study the most challenging architectural proposals and their rationalities, speculate on their possible contemporary entity for the city of Venice. You will explore different techniques and will be guided through the construction of your design project. Best results will be selected to become part of the next ECA catalogue to be publish during the 17 th Architecture Biennale.
Students will receive a certificate from the ECA upon the successful completion of the course.
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 the lesser-known Venetian locations, in an imaginative journey aimed to expand your understanding of the city and deconstruct received notions.
SKILLS DEVELOPED & PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Participants will gain an understanding of Venice's unique urban morphology and architectural heritage, critically reflecting upon its contemporary cultural contradictions and environmental threats. Participants will engage with contemporary architects, historians, academics, and artists, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies. Lectures and site-specific excursions will provide a framework within the brief that supports the development of individual interests and research.
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
Participants need to bring their own laptops. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite. Other software knowledge - e.g. Rhino or CAD - is not compulsory but advised.
PARTICIPANT PROFILE
WHO CAN JOIN?
  • Students in relevant disciplines
  • Architecture & Urban planning professionals
  • Designers
  • Social Scientists
  • Artists
  • No prior experience required
MEET YOUR LECTURERS
The course works closely with both local and international experts in architecture, urban design, landscape urbanism, planning and ecology, engaging with local professionals to catalyze conversations around the performance of students' interventions.
Elena Longhin
(Course leader)
Architect and Designer, visiting PhD researcher at Architectural Association in London. Tutor at Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV). She leads AA visiting schools worldwide.
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.
Stefano Tornieri
Stefano is 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
MEET YOUR LECTURERS
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