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International Summer School


Michelangelo and the historical Versilia: land intervention

July 25th – August 3rd 2016




"The Versilia 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 along the river Versilia where the shared collective values of the urbs had formed.
The river Versilia was the place to settle: it provided access to marble, water for drinking, irrigating and stone cutting, but now it has disappeared from daily life, due to dikes, traffic, dangers of flooding and the large industrial plots.
Nevertheless, the water is clean, it's color is a delight for the eye, it's natural setting is bewildering and the history of the valley is remarkable: it provided marble for the Renaissance art and architecture and was explored by Michelangelo.

The workshop in Seravezza is about the paradoxes of 1) access to the river and safety, 2) recreation and nature protection, 3) bathing culture and industrial landscape.
How can we create awareness of the river as a place for comfort and reconciliation? How could the river tie the very different landscapes of marble alps, agricultural hills, small towns, large industries and sprawl together?
How can Fiume Versilia be loved again?
How would artist and architect Michelangelo respond to our needs and knowlegde, capital and politics, tools and cars?

For this we will study the present situation of solutions and dilemmas, research interactions of geology, villages and river banks and design gardens, artworks, small architectures and infrastructure for good health, bathing, recreation and meeting. The findings, ideas and designs will be presented at an exhibition in Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza.

Of course, we want to design Observatorium style: works of imagination and magic added to places with potential for wonder, highly accessible and inviting, symbolic for the present culture of the site and multifunctional, celebrating generosity and creating an awareness for man's cultivation of the wilderness."

Andre Dekker, Observatorium Rotterdam
Artistic and scientific director of the Versilia Summerschool

Read Andre Dekker's letter to participants (pdf)



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 Professors

Guest Artist


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 30th 2016.

Download the Application form

Candidates will be notified of acceptance by July 3rd 2016.

Selected participants have to pay the fees in full by July 11th 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 11th 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

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in Architectural Engineering

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