International PhD Summer School – Bergamo, 7-23 luglio 2011
IV edition and “Bergamo Prize of Architecture”
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Urban Architecture and New Forms of Production

The Urban and Architectural Design PhD Program in cooperation with the Bergamo Municipality and Confindustria Bergamo is launching an International Design Summer School program open to students of doctoral curses and third level courses in Italian and foreign Architectural Schools, and also open to national and international graduated or final-year under-graduated students.

In this framework the aim is to open a debate on research problems, and on architectural and urban design techniques as well as on theoretical and application tools, stressing their central role in advanced university education in respect of changing conditions and design practices in current urban and built-up contexts.

The proposal of the city of Bergamo as seat of the International PhD Summer School, in its IV edition, continues a tradition of studies and designs on the city, previously conducted through the Architectural and Urban Design International Laboratories (L.I.P.A.U.) promoted by the Politecnico di Milano together with the Bergamo Municipality.

The International Summer School aims to open a research focused on industrial areas regeneration, areas which are typologically and functionally obsolete, finalizing design in their systemic redevelopment, introducing new functions and typologies for the production, and operating to be careful with conservation, adaptation and transformation of existing structures, to enhance the built heritage.

The projects will emerge in an area (or more areas to reconnect according to an idea of the system) chosen in consultation with Bergamo Municipality and with Confindustria Bergamo. Areas will be selected in the historical outskirts of Bergamo.

The selection of areas and hipotesys of conversion, will be done by making a careful assessment of landscape and environmental compatibility, and general sustainability of proposed interventions.

The International PhD Summer School is open to 25 Doctoral students selected by the Doctoral programs and Architecture Schools interested in participating to the program.
The School proposes an activity congruent with curricular programs suggested by PhD Courses and by third level Courses, and it corresponds at 6 credits ECTS.
The International PhD Summer School is open to foreign graduated or final-year under-graduated students.

The Summer School is structured by a Design Workshop, Conferences and thematic Seminars about selected topic, in which multidisciplinary and related contributions will be enhanced to focus the method of research, with speaker, supervisor, designer and scholar of international significance.
Design experiment, developed in Bergamo urban context, will be conducted by design groups supervised by tutors; design activity will be checked during an intermediate and a final review by commissions consisting of Doctoral Schools Teachers as well as Italian and foreign Guest Architects and Teachers and representatives of the Bergamo Municipal Administration.

“Bergamo Prize of Architecture”
During the final review, a Jury composed by representatives of the city, members of the Scientific Board and experts, will award the «Bergamo Prize of Architecture» to the best projects. That Prize, about € 3.000, was instituted during Architectural and Urban Design International Laboratories (L.I.P.A.U.).
The work produced during the workshop will be finalize in a publication, that will also collect various disciplinary contributions, which have supported the developed project.
The results of work of the Summer School will establish a scientific basis for following research projects and publications, in collaboration with Agencies and Administrations concerned (as Cariplo Foundation).

Attendance fee is proposed at € 250 for each participant, excluding board and lodging expenses. Workshop organization will take care of accommodation booking and of stipulating an agreement with the university canteen in order to provide the meals.
Attending students may be accommodated at an approximate cost of € 20/day in agreement with student’s hostels. In order to take advantage of this facility, Doctoral Programs and Schools are requested to communicate the names of participants by June 27th.

Applications are to be addressed no later than June 27th. to:

Registration fees are to be paid into Conto Corrente Bancario n. 1850X28 to BANCA POPOLARE DI SONDRIO Ag. 21, via Bonardi n. 4 – 20133 Milano, (ABI:05696; CAB:01620; IBAN: IT63R0569601620000001850X28; SWIFT ADRESS: POSOIT22), in the name of Dipartimento di Architettura e Pianificazione of Politecnico di Milano, specifying: “Summer School Bergamo 2011”.

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