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Summer School - International Workshop


Michelangelo and the historical Versilia: land intervention

July 25th – August 3rd 2016




The Summer School will involve students and young professionals working together on the Versilia area, from the mountains to the sea, for a ten-days full immersion teamwork. Special attention will be paid to public spaces, where the shared collective values of the urbs had formed. Those spaces actually show a deep formal and substantial crisis of identity and it is necessary to give a solution to these problems.

The case study is the Versilia historical area lapped by the Versilia river: a unique district from the peaks of the Apuan Alps to the sea, governed by the municipalities of Forte dei Marmi, Montignoso, Pietrasanta, Seravezza and Stazzema.
In this territory, in the sixteenth century, Michelangelo opened the "Marble road", that from the Altissimo Mount leads down to the sea along the Alpine valleys, following the course of the Versilia river.
The Summer School will start from the comprehension of the historical evolution of this area; with the help of an international teaching staff, it will aim to define scenery of changes according to different scales, from the territorial to the architectural one.

The methodology that will be applied provides the experimentation of the most innovative tools and the collaboration between the international guests and the local subjects: university, administrations, professionals, associations, enterprises and artists.
The Summer School will include public meetings, important moments of exchange among participants, citizens, professionals and local public administrations.

The objective of the Summer School is the development of hypothesis for the urban regeneration of the spaces through architecture, urban design and arts in order to support their re-appropriation from a physical, social and economic point of view.
Participants will therefore be led to discover the least-known features of the territory in order to identify values and criticisms, for operating the economic, social and cultural "mend" between the Sea and the Mountain.

At the end of the Summer School, the final results will be showed in a public exhibition, at Palazzo Mediceo, in Seravezza.



The Summer School is addressed to students in Architecture, Urban planning, Design, Building engineering, Art Schools and also to young professionals and artists from all EU and non EU countries.
Students in Architecture, Urban planning, Building engineering are required to have completed at least one exam both in the fields of urban planning and architectural design/composition.


Course Directors

Artistic and scientific director

Visiting Professor


The Summer School will have an international and multidisciplinary teaching staff, composed by architects, designers, engineers, artists and artisans. This permits to interpret the territory in a unitary way but also from different point of view, in order to offer the most complete vision of the urban matters.
Students will be assisted by a group of qualified tutors.


Scientific committee

Organizing committee

Teaching staff


The Summer School provides 130 hours articulated in open lectures, lectio magistralis, site visits and teamwork. Tutors will assist the students during the site visits, the teamwork and the laboratories.
The Summer School provides for the recognition of 6 ECTS.



700,00 Euros full fees: covering accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and teaching materials.
400,00 Euros reduced fees: provided for participants who do not require accommodation and breakfast.
Fees are the same for Italian, EU and international students. Fees do not include dinners and other amenities.
Every participant is asked to take his own laptop and his favourite drawing materials; however basic drawing materials will be provided.



A minimum of 20 participants is required for the Summer School activation.
Participants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement (average score in the exams, graduation score for post graduated applicants) and their suitability for the program, as indicated in personal statement and CV. In case of ex aequo, priority will be offered to foreign students, and according to the order of application.

Moreover, the selecting committee will give priority to students than to professionals.



The application form must befilled in in all its parts and sent by e-mail to together with a CV and a ID Document copy before June 15th 2016.

Download the Application form

Candidates will be notified of acceptance by June 20th 2016.

Selected participants have to pay the fees in full by July 1st 2016.


Participants are asked to pay by bank transfer to the account:

Fondazione Terre Medicee di Seravezza
IBAN: IT 46 H 08726 70240 000000234783
Bank Name: BCC Banca di Credito Cooperativo della Versilia Lunigiana e Garfagnana - Agenzia di Ripa di Seravezza

Causal of payment: Summer School 2016 - Admission Fees - Name and surname of the participant

A confirmation of the wire transfer (copy of the receipt) must be submitted by e-mail to and to within July 1st 2016.
If payment is not received within the specified deadline, University of Pisa will treat this as a rejection of its offer and the student will not be listed on the Summer School.
In case this Summer School will not be activated, the amount will be refunded.


Accomodation and locations



Organizing secretary

DESTeC | University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa (PI) - Italy






DESTeC – Master Degree
in Architectural Engineering

municipality of seravezza

Municipality of Pietrasanta

CAV – Visual Arts
Center of Pietrasanta