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International Workshop - Summer School


Architecture, arts and self-construction experiences: the regeneration of the “Due Laghi” artisan area in Pietrasanta

September 7th - 20th 2015



The workshop will involve students and young professionals working together on the Versilia area, for two weeks-full immersion teamwork. Special attention will be set 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: the focal point of this workshop will be the regeneration of the area, breaking through the traditional models.

The case study is an artisan area called “Due Laghi”: a context with a high environmental value and a great economic potential, but actually mined by strong fragilities.
The workshop 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 particularly artists and artisans. In the first week it will be developed the regeneration project; in the second week, students will be involved in a self-construction experience on the project area, in collaboration with the artists and artisans of the “2 Luoghi” group.
The workshop will include public meetings, important moments of exchange within participants, citizens, professionals and local public administrations.

The objectiveof the workshop is to develop hypothesis for the urban regeneration of the spaces through architecture, arts and self-construction in order to support their re-appropriation from a physical, social and economic point of view.

The final results of the workshop will be showed in a public exhibition at the end of the workshop, in Sant’Agostino cloister, in Pietrasanta, as well in the “Due Laghi” area, where it will be possible to see the self-construction products.



The workshop is oriented 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 Director

Scientific director

Visiting Professors


The workshop 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 more complete vision of the urban matters.
Students will be assisted from a group of qualified tutors.


Scientific committee

Organizing committee

Teaching staff


The workshop provides 130 hours articulated in open lectures, lectio magistralis, site visits, teamwork and self-construction laboratories with local artists and artisans. Tutors will assist the students during the site visits, the teamwork and the laboratories.
The Workshop provides for the recognition of 6 ECTS.



600,00 Euros full fees: covering accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and teaching materials.
350,00 Euros reduced fees: provided for participants who do not require accommodation and breakfasts.
Fees are the same for Italian, EU and international students. Fees do not include living expanses.
Every participant is asked to take is own laptop and his favourite drawing materials; however basic drawing materials will be provided. Every participant is also asked to take his own helmet, safety boots, gloves and high visibility jacket.



A minimum of 20 participants is required for the workshop 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 at foreign students, and according to the order of application.

Moreover, the selecting committee will give priority to students than to young professionals and, among them, to the younger ones



The application form must be compiled in all its parts and sent by e-mail to together with a CV and a ID Document copy before June 30th 2015.

Download the Application form

Candidates will be notified of acceptance by July 10th 2015.

Selected participants have to pay the fees in full by July 25th 2015.


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

Fondazione Centro Arti Visive Pietrasanta
IBAN: IT59 H087 2670 2200 0000 0036 020
Bank Name: BCC Banca di Credito Cooperativo della Versilia Lunigiana e Garfagnana

Casual of payment: Workshop – 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 25th 2015.
If payment is not received within the timeline specified, University of Pisa will treats this as a rejection of its offer and the student will not be booked on the workshop.
In case this workshop will not be activated, the amount will be refund.


Accomodation and locations



Organizing secretary

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









     Universita' di Pisa

DESTeC – Master Degree
in Architectural Engineering

CAV – Visual Arts
Center of Pietrasanta

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