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ECOWEEK WORKSHOPS are an integral component of the ECOWEEK International Conference since 2008. Workshops for young architects and students of Architecture have been taking place since 2009.

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ECOWEEK 2011: Workshops
Theme: Urban Communities & Green Architecture
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ECOWEEK Workshops are the international annual high-profile architectural event of Greece. The ECOWEEK 2011 design workshops in Thessaloniki, Greece, give the opportunity to young professionals and graduate students of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and other professions, to work side by side with known or emerging architects, designers, and engineers from Greece and abroad, and to learn from them the principles of 'green' Architecture and sustainable design.

ECOWEEK 2011 Worshops are supported by thematic lectures by experts in the building, engineering and environmental professions.

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ECOWEEK 2011: Workshops
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Urban Sustainability - Including also landsacpe design.
Social Sustainability.
New Building Sustainability - Towards a zero emissions energy-autonomous building.
Existing Building Sustainability - Upgrade, Reuse and Expansion.
Design Sustainability - Combining Design & Building.

>> Please review the workshop descriptions below and THEME before choosing the workshop of your choice.

Elisa Evaso & Luca Guglieri, Monostudio & Ricardo Papa Architect, Milano

Riccardo Papa has obtained an architecture degree at the Politecnico di Milano in 1990. In 1991 founded Studio di Architettura arch. Riccardo Papa in Gallarate and was involved in a significant projects of commercial spaces and showroom design, residential and public works. He was president of Ordine degli architetti della Provincia di Varese from 2002 to 2008.

Monostudio is a Milano based Architecture firm focused on remodelling, restoration and reuse transformation of old landmarks. Both Elisa Evaso and Luca Guglieri are Architects graduated in Architecture at the University of Genova, Giuditta De Vecchi is an Architect too, graduated at Politecnico of Milano and she is working with Monostudio on several project. Enzo Evaso, Engineer founded Monostudio in Valenza, Piedmont region in 1974. Luca and Elisa moved the studio to Milano in 2005 with a refreshed philosophy of innovation as a way to celebrate and respect the rigorous origins and history of each building. | Workshop brief
Alhadeff Architects, Milano & SdARCH Trivelli & Associati, Milano

Giancarlo Alhadeff established Alhadeff Architects in 1991, dedicated to design with an international point of view. From its inception, the Studio has carried out design projects in the U.S., U.K., Japan, and the Far and Middle East. It has realized projects in a variety of architectural programs. Awarded with Dedalo Minosse, Honorable Mention, 2006: Olivium Villas, Bodrum, Turkey, Aga Khan Award, Nomination, 2006: Olivium Villas, Bodrum, Turkey. Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, 2008. World Architecture Community Awards, Citation 2008: Villa Ojai, California USA. Alhadeff Architects;

Angus Fiori has obtained an architecture degree at the Politecnico di Milano. He is member of the Italian Architecture Licensing Board and member of the Italian Institute for Sustainable Architecture. In the last 10 years Angus Fiori was involved in a distinctive range of significant projects for international clients in Italy, China, Japan and Turkey and he is particularly experienced in the eco-friendly design. In his work both the image and the details are carefully planned in an ecological and energy-efficient perspective. All design concepts, building materials, technological aspects, are thought from a different point of view because of his philosophy.

SdARCH Trivelli & Associati (Arch. Ph.D. Alessandro Trivelli, Arch. Silvia Calatroni) works from 1997 on design and research in field of Architecture, landscape and low impact technologies with clients both public and private. They work with the material and immaterial resources for an Architecture that respects the general environment and the demands of the inhabitants. 'The sustainable architecture is the space of equilibrium between the actual and future human needs. The natural light, the energy, the relationship with the place and with the memory of the landscape and the life of the inhabitants become subject and form.' Authors of articles and books on Architecture, they were awarded in several Competition and lately by the 2010 Eurosolar Award Italia Section, the 2010 Premio Internacional de costruciones sostenible (finalist), 2007 International Award Torsanlorenzo (Landscape), and 2008 Next Energy (special mention).

Workshop Leader: Alessandro Trivelli; Tutor: Ettore Valentini | Workshop brief
ARCo Group | Architects & Engineers, Milano

ARCo is a young group of engineers and architects, based in Milan since 2009. ARCo uses recycled low cost materials and sustainable techniques to build sustainable architecture for international cooperation, particularly for educational projects in Palestine and Mozambico. Each project tries to develop sustainability in different aspects: techniques, environmental aspect, economic aspect, social aspect. The tyres school in Al Khan Al Ahmar has been shown at FMG (Spazio per l'architettura) in Milan in 2011 and the desert school in Abu Hindi is among the finalists of "Premio Fondazione Renzo Piano 2011". Both have been presented at the Padiglione Italia Biennale Architettura Venezia 2010. Currently ARCo is designing with Mario Cucinella the project "Peace architecture for Gaza strip". | Workshop brief

Rahel Belatchew Lerdell Architect, Sweden & Kersten Harries Architect, Milano

Rahel Belatchew Lerdell is an architect based in Stockholm, Sweden. She studied in Paris and Amsterdam and graduated from Ecole Speciale d' Architecture in Paris in 1996. She has practiced in France, Tokyo, and Luxemburg before establishing RB Arkitektur in Stockholm. In 2006 she was awarded Architect of the Year and in 2007 the office was listed by Wallpaper magazine as one of 101 of the world's most exciting new architects. The office is currently working with several sustainable housing projects in Stockholm. Rahel Belatchew Lerdell has a record as member of jury of architectural competitions in Europe and is a steady guest critic at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Rahel's participatioin is made possible in co-operation and thanks to the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Rome.

Kersten Harries is an architect and educator who over the past ten years has worked in the United States, Italy, and Mexico. Currently living in Milan, she is working at BEAR Project Management. Her past experiences range from the non-profit sector, to the traditional design studio where she has led projects from initial programming and design phases through the completion of construction, primarily for institutional clients. In 2008 she completed a Masters in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Bologna. Kersten enjoys sharing her knowledge and passions with others through teaching and involvement with professional and community based associations.
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Luca Strada | Luca Strada Associati, Milano

Luca Strada is an architect graduate of Politecnico di Milano. He lives and works in Milano. He is mainly designing and building residential projects that aim towards the integration of simple sustainable measures with progressive architectural elements. The studio deals with a variety of projects that range from building redevelopment, new commercial spaces to private residential projects. Workshop brief

BEMaa | Architects, Milano with Prof. Emanuele Naboni, Royal Danish Academy, Copenaghen

BEMaa (Ombra Bruno Christiane Egger Paolo Mazzoleni associated architects) was founded in 2007 as a formalization of a five-year joint work between the founding partners in the group Officina di Architettura. The study deals with architectural design at various scales, with particular attention to housing and exhibition. In housing design the experience ranges from interior design and single-family houses to urban housing. In exhibition design BEMaa has established a particular experience in the exposition of photographs, having designed exhibitions for, among others, Mimmo Jodice, Paul Thorel and Gregory Colbert.
Invited in the workshop is Emanuele Naboni, Phd, LEED AP who is Associate Professor in Sustainable Design at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenaghen and fouder of E3lab. Emanuele has worked for years with SOM and was researcher at the Lawrance Berkeley National Laboratory in California. | Workshop brief

Guidarini&Salvadeo + StudioWOK| Architects, Milano

Guidarini & Salvadeo's work expand from urban planning to the project and construction of various buildings types (e.g. residential, social housing, architecture and social care, retail spaces) to interior restructuring and furniture design. In 1996 they won the "Prix d'architecture IN/Arch-Domus Lombardia". In 2006 they got an honorable mention to the Gold Medal of Italian Architecture at the Triennale of Milan. In 2010 their work was selected to be exhibited at the Italian Pavilion - AILATI of the XII Biennale of Architecture in Venice. Stefano Guidarini teaches Architectural Design at the Politecnico in Milan, School of Civil Architecture. Pierluigi Salvadeo teaches Architectural Design and Scenography at the Politecnico in Milan, School of Architecture and Society.

StudioWOK (Marcello Bondavalli, Nicola Brenna and Carlo Alberto Tagliabue) is a young firm founded in Milan in 2009 that strives to develop architecture, design and landscapes with focused attention on sustainability, housing quality and enhancement of public space. studioWOK continues this research in the university at the Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with Prof. Arch. Stefano Guidarini. StudioWOK has also been noted in various competitions such as the under 35 award FBM 2009 (1 Award), DECO project 2010 (selected as one of the winners), the housing competition AAA ArchitettiCercasi 2010 (honorable mention) and it has been published in several journals. They have also had their work on exhibit at Fuorisalone in Milan in 2010 and 2011. StudioWOK was featured in the book, YoungBlood, published by Italian Ministry of Youth in 2010, which curates the best young Italian talent; through which studioWOK was selected to participate in the Italian Festival of Young Talent in Rome. | Workshop brief

LaboratorioPermanente| Architects, Milano

LaboratorioPermanente bases its work on the synergy between academic research and professional experience. The firm founded by Nicola Russi (studies in the Politecnico di Milano and TU Delft, PhD from the Politecnico di Milano, Contract professor in Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano) and Angelica Sylos Labini (studies in the Polticecnico di Milano and Etsab Barcelona) develops extensive projects -investigating the issues of the environmental challenges, innovative sensorial performances, strategies for urban regeneration. LaboratorioPermanente has participated in international urban design competitions and has been a consultant for the new masterplan of the city of Milan. | Workshop brief

MIC Mobility in Chain, Milano

MIC is founded on the belief that mobility influences the way we live and the quality of our lives. MIC was created with the ambition of improving the quality of our lives through a profound understanding of how we move. MIC team is strongly focused on international work, providing transport consultancy to developers, master-planners and public bodies all around the world. MIC introduces a new innovative and sustainable vision for mobility, a vision that is based upon understanding the need of the client and focused on both functional matters and urban quality.

Federico Parolotto is Senior Partner at MIC, which he co-founded with Davide Boazzi and Federico Cassani in 2009. He began his professional career in working with SOM, gaining experience in the fields of transport facility planning and design. He was with Systematica, specializing in infrastructure design and mobility problems in urban and extra-urban areas, and has been a transport consultant, collaborated with Foster + Partners on the winning entry of an international design competition for a new city near Seoul, with OMA, UNstudio, KPF and other studios on several projects. He was a speaker at Greenbuild conference (Boston), Ecological Urbanism (Harvard University, Cambridge) and the Helsinki Design Lab. The workshop team also includes Francesca Arcuri.
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Jan Johansson | Architect MAA, Copenhagen

Jan Johansson is an architect from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He graduated in 1993 and has participated in master classes then in Barcelona. He then had his own office and also worked at other studios. Also worked with a housing association, a municipality and project developer at two companies in Copenhagen. Since 2007 he has been a teacher in architecture and sustainability of the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology. Jan was last spring, visiting professor at Politecnico di Milan Bovisa. | Workshop brief

Operastudio | Magni Paci Architects, Milano & Demetrio Campolo Architect, Turino

Operastudio Magni Paci Architects was founded in Milan in 2007 by two young architects - Camillo Magni and Lucia Paci, already Contract Professors at School of Architecture of the Politecnico of Milan - who shared a vision and passion for excellence in architecture, design and construction. Architecture is the target of our research; the quality of living spaces, beauty and comfort are permanent horizons in our work. Enthusiasm and dedication are quintessential to everything we do. The continued work as Academic teachers and researchers and the collaborative network established both nationally and internationally are crucial elements which enrich the conceptual, intellectual and design paths of Operastudio as a group. In its first years, Operastudio has been focussing on both private and public sectors, soon achieving notoriety and awards in national and international competitions: 2009 Experimental Residential Housing in Lacugnano, Perugia, 1° Prize (now execution phase); 2009, New Complex School in Albino, Bergamo, 1° Prize; 2010, New housing complex in Corsier, Geneve, 4° Prize; 2010 Patio and Pavillion House in Luanda, Angola, selected Project; 2008 Social Housing in Milan - AAA Architetti cercasi, 2nd Prize. Recently Operastudio's work has been exhibited in the Lisbon Architectural Triennale.

Demetrio Campolo graduated at the Politecnico of Turin in 2008. Since the academic year 2007/2008 he has been working at the II Faculty of Architecture of Turin as a volunteer assistant (subject enthusiast) of prof. arch. Costantino Patestos in the Architecture and Urban Planning laboratories. Moreover, he has been involved in bibliographic and iconographic researches focused on the analytic and planning aspects of the course. He was also supporting supervisor of some graduation theses. In 2007 he worked as a trainee in Andrea Bruno's practice in Turin. Since 2009 he has been Didactics Consultant at the II Faculty of Architecture of Turin. In 2010 he enrolled at the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists of the Province of Turin and started to work in the field of building renovation, interior design, architecture and urban planning. Since 2010 he has been dealing with several issues related to urban development through analyses, close examinations and master plans on different areas, e.g. Vanchiglia area in Turin (Metamorfosi 2010), city rail link, former Viberti area, Juvarra buildings, Sangone traffic route in Nichelino (Nichelino 2010) and train station facade in Trofarello (2011). He took part to international design competitions, e.g. "Designing in Teheran" (Teheran 2009), "Unione Metropolis" (San Pietro Viminario, Padova 2009) and was involved in the project of urban improvement of Via Roma and Viale Torino in the town of Villanova d'Asti (Asti 2011). His graduation project for the indoor sport arena and the cultural centre of Avigliana has been recently presented at the Festival of Architecture in Turin in the exhibition "Architecture of Public Space".

Massimiliano Mandarini Architect | Marchingenio, Bergamo

Massimiliano Mandarini Architect, is responsible for years of environmental and sustainable building design and energy efficient. Designer, consultant and coordinator of various projects and achievements in public and private. Professor at the Laboratory The Year Degree, Faculty of Design and Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano. Expert in sustainable development issues, energy efficiency, eco-architecture, design for local development and exploitation of land and cultural and environmental resources. Board member of Green Building Council Italia.

Marchingenio srl work to develop and improve sustainability's culture in projects with special attention to people environment projects, and environment. Marchingenio srl is an ordinary member of Green Building Council Italia, a no-profit association of businesses, professional associates, public administrations, universities and associations that promote the development of sustainable connected to the international community of the United States Green Building Council. Workshop brief

Raffaella Colombo Architect, Landscape Architect | Opps Studio, Milano

1990 Degree in Architecture at the Politecnico of Milan Since 1998 enrolled in the landscape professional association Member of the Project Department of the Politecnico of Milan Enrolled in the Ordine degli Architetti, Paesaggisti, Conservatori of Milan Since 1991 she teaches at the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico of Milan and since 2007 at the course of "Analysis and design of the contemporary garden" Her studies and activities reach out toward the private and public landscape design in an urban and environmental dimension. Blog1 | Blog2 | Workshop brief
Architetti Senza Frontiere Italia | Architects Without Frontiers Italy

Architetti Senza Frontiere Italia is a politically and religiously independent non-for-profit organization of architects, founded in 1998 and registered in Milan, Italy. ASF-Italia aims to facilitate processes of equitable and sustainable development through the socially responsible practice of architectural design and planning, endeavoring to support marginalized individuals and communities who would not otherwise have access to the competence of architects. We believe that the physical environment is a fundamental ground where processes of inclusion and participation can be positively negotiated, and that design can be a powerful medium to work out global issues of social, economical and environmental sustainability according to the specificity of communities and territories. Our work takes form in two main fields of action: in international cooperation, we design and plan projects that help to generate sustainable processes of development, recognizing local communities as the primary players within any process of transformation of the environment; in education, we organize courses, workshops and pubic talks in the attempt to raise awareness on the potential of responsible design and planning within the larger society., | | Workshop brief


The Professional Group on Living Organic Architecture "Form and Flow" was created by its founders and members will in order to create an active social and professional organism that works in an architectural activity field following the principles and methods of organic living, as it comes from Rudolf Steiner's early impulse. This architecture bases on the ideal and cognitive conditions of the Anthroposophical Science of Spirit and uses as creative processes and ways of realization the living organic artistic method (developed by Rudolf Steiner coming from artistic and scientific Wolfgang Goethe's work)

This architecture focuses its analisys on man as a whole and on reality in their different bodily, soul and spiritual elements, and aims to achieve a built environment that is an expression of this reality according to characters and needs of contemporary evolution and to the real situation in which it takes place. In particular, it will focus most attention on quality, needs and desires of man in his manifold reality.

Members of the group come from different origins, education and experiences and they bring their own individuality and their biographical and professional characteristics into this group. They meet to perform, the tasks of living organic architecture and its professional development, as well as their individual competences can do. With this background, the aims of the group bases on the principles of spiritual freedom, equality, cooperative work. Workshop brief

Paolo Mestriner & Massimiliano Spadoni | Architects, Milano

Paolo Mestriner after his studies in Lisbon and Porto began his professional activity and teaching. In 2000 he founded his own office Studioazero, "open source" based in Brescia. Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Society of the Politecnico di Milano. He founded and is the director of International Master Extraordinary Landscapes Art Landscape Architecture. Since 2009 is member of the Scientific Committee and by the ARCH + Quarterly Magazine. Repeatedly selected and awarded at national and international design competitions, such as Matosinhos, Brescia, Segovia, Rome, Florence, Perugia, Varese, Samarate. Published in national and international magazines such as Housing, Pasajes, Architecture, Wettwerbe Aktuell,, Building, Cadernos, Arquitecturas Future, Planning. Exhibited in personal and collective exhibitions in Brescia, Milan, Porto, Parma, Venice, London, China and Norway.

Massimiliano Spadoni is a graduate of the Politecnico di Milano, Faculty of Architecture. He is currently enrolled as a Phd student at Etsab (Barcelona). He's professor at the Politecnico di Milano teaching architectural and landscape design. He worked for several offices: MIII architects, Rotterdam, J. Crivillers arq., Barcelona, b720 arquitectura, Barcelona, 5H architects, New York, OdA ass., Pavia. Since 2005 he started his own office and received international awards in architecture competitions. Since 2009 works with Rintala-Eggertsson architects in construction workshops. Since 2002 he's correspondent for Metalocus, architecture magazine edit in Madrid.

Paolo Mestriner and Massimiliano Spadoni Professors at Faculty of Architecture and Society, Politecnico di Milano, have held since 2005 the design studio "Living the Landscape, Urban and territorial" where they research the micro-architecure, as an alternative way to settle into the landscape. Since 2009 they apply this research into construction experiences, thanks also to the parternship with Rintala-Eggertsson office.
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Vincenzo Di Dato & Prof. Emilia Costa & Elvira Pensa | Architects, Milano

Vincenzo Di Dato has began to work in Milano in 1982, as an independent designer and beginning to be more involved into designing the processes of the industrial productions towards an improved sustainability. Objects and installations he designed have been exposed at the XVII Triennale of Milano and at the Centre Pompidou of Paris, and in many other exhibitions, in Europe, United States (MOMA of New York) and Japan. Several prizes has been assigned for his activity, among them the XIV Compasso d'Oro His activity has been integrated with researches on sensitive and interactive Design, on Bioarchitecture and natural Design and on sustainability in Design for developing countries. The focus has been then naturally evolved to the relationship between economy, production and environmental sustainability. He has been directly involved into projects for emergency and reconstruction in-crisis and post-crisis in Middle East, Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan and Center Asia. He also writes and teaches, mainly about the connections between Beauty, Technology and Environment. It is fundamental, in fact, the relationship with the Earth as essential to create good design and as foundation for Art. It is very important a deep involvement towards increasing the quality of life and to educate through the projects to Life respect and appreciation. Especially in this critical moment in the economic-ecologic relationship between Humanity and our Planet.

Prof. Emilia Costa is a researcher in Technology in Architecture at the Faculty of Civil Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. Teaches Technology of Architecture in the Integrated course of Fundamentals of Technology and Technological Culture of Technology in the Laboratory of Architectural Design I, teaching for many years on various topics of sustainable construction. Emilia has produced works as a professional in the fields of building restoration and design of new buildings applying the principles of ecosustainable architecture, and as a consultant, on these same issues, for public administrations. Presently she is consulting the Municipality of Modena in the realisation of an ecosustainable neighbourhood in the area of Cognento. Emilia has lectured in several conferences on various themes, like ecological design at building and urban scale, and on the specific themes regarding ecological architecture in various public and private structures in Italy.
Emilia has published articles on Italian reviews dealing with ecological topics and on reviews dealing the building sector. In 2006 I have published, together with other authors, the text "Innovation in sustainable architecture", funded by ANCE.

Elvira Pensa Master degree in Architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (1997). Master in Environmental Design (2002) and PhD in "Technology and Design for Environmental Quality" (2008) at the Politecnico di Milano. Her research concerns the water cycle in urban contests and the environmental design. She works with different architectural and landscape architectural bureau. Presently, she cooperates with Building Environment Sciences and Technology Department and she is Professor in charge of more courses of Architectural Technology at the Politecnico di Milano. She has published her studies on various books and technical magazines, also, presenting them in international Congresses. Recently she has published "Blu: progettare ecologicamente con l'acqua" (Maggioli, 2009), in which she promotes the sustainable approaches and technologies to save water in design and planning at different scales, from buildings to city. Workshop brief
  DEVELOPMENT OF THE W17 PROJECT AFTER ECOWEEK: The project EARTH CHILD HOUSE theme developed during ECOWEEK in Milano by workshop W17 is the subject of a workshop in Sardinia in February 25 till March 4, 2012 in Villanova Monteleone (Sassari). In these workshops the preliminary designs produced during ECOWEEK are developed into final design. The workshop is offered by the Faculty of Civil Architecture, Milan Polytechnic, Department of Architecture and Planning at the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero, with the Mayor of the town of Villanova Monteleone Dr. Quirico Melons, with ECOWEEK and with the Association EARTH CHILD HOUSE. The program of the workshop includes: Presentation of the project developed during the workshop W17 in ECOWEEK 2011 in Milan and the project developed and presented by Villanova for the invitation issued in 2011 by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Department of Hygiene and Health and Social Welfare - October 2011. The proposed goal of the workshop is to verify the design choices and enter the final stage of a project to obtain the building permit.

Ing. Alessandro Zichi & Arch. Amit Anafi | CIS-E | Scuola Master F.lli Pesenti | Politecnico di Milano

The CIS-E Consortium (Costruzioni Ingenegneria Strutturale in Europa), founded by a group of Politecnico di Milano professors, was conceived around the concepts of research, innovation, design, realization and education in construction. Building alliances and fostering innovation, in particular, are the core elements that will allow the traditional field of construction to survive and evolve in an era of intense international competition. Its multidisciplinary team of academic promoters, professionally and culturally complementary group of founding professionals and the enthusiastic and committed body of students and young graduates, collaborating through the F.lli Presenti post-graduate School of the Politecnico di Milano, allow the Consortium to continuously improve on its educational offer and portfolio of basic and applied research. Its documented expertise on issues of environmental impact, materials, LEED and construction rendered CIS-E an important informant and advisor to a number of national and international projects. Alessandro Zichi, Engineer and LEED AP, graduated the Civil engineering faculty of The University of Cagliari, and specialized in Architecture and Technology in the Politecnico di Milano. Ing. Zichi operates as a consultant for new buildings design, rehabilitation and recovery of existing structures. His research activities focus on the environmental impact of constructions and materials (Life Cycle Assessment). Amit Anafi architect, graduated the Politecnico di Milano (M. Arch.) with a thesis on Bio-Climatic residential building in Mediterranean climate. He has post-graduate specialization in 'Sustainable constructions‘, and is a tutor in the "Laboratory of Sustainable Architecture" in the Politecnico branch of Piacenza. Workshop brief

The workshop has the technical support of CITYinLED, that provides practical information through seminars during the workshop.

Prof. Marco Bovati & Prof. Monica Lavagna, Architects | Politecnico di Milano

Prof. Marco Bovati (Architect PhD) is a Temporary Assistant Professor at Dipartimento di Architettura e Pianificazione (DiAP) of the Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches Urban and Architectural Composition at the School of Architecture and Society. His research work concern the relation between Urban and Architectural Design and the control of the energy cycle and the environmental quality. He is author of books and essays about Urban and Architectural Design in relation to the issue of sustainability. Since 1998 he has been working as a professional in the field of Architecture, City Planning, Restauration work and Design. In 2003 he founded together with Arch. Luca Berta "Studio BiO2 Architettura Paesaggio Ambiente" (Architecture Landscape Environment). He specialized in Bioecological Architecture (ANAB/IBN/SIB course) in 1999.

Prof. Monica Lavagna (Architect PhD) is an Assistant Professor in Technology of architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Society of the Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches in the degree courses in Sciences of Architecture and Environmental Architecture. She works at research activity at the Department Building & Environment Sciences & Technology (BEST) of the Politecnico di Milano taking care of the environmental innovations of technologies and processes, with particular attention to the methodological approach in environmental assessment of the impact during the entire life cycle (LCA) of products and buildings. Since 2004 she works in national (UNI) and international (ISO, CEN, GPP) working group about "Sustainability of construction works". She is the coordinator of the working group on "Building" of the network Rete Italiana LCA, coordinated by ENEA ( She collaborate with several italian reviews and wrote books about sustainability of buildings, in particular "Life Cycle Assessment in costruction sector".

Workshop tutors: arch. Ester Dede, arch. Davide Ferrari, arch. Elena Scattolini. Workshop brief

Ghigos Ideas + Logh | Milano

Ghigos Group (Davide Crippa, Barbara Di Prete, and Francesco Tosi) was born in 1998. Mission of the group is to create a place for debate and confrontation, characterizing itself through the exchange of knowledge, competences, and information. Since his inception, Ghigos Group has explored new fields of research, pursuing the dissolution of the disciplinary borders like opportunities of critical reflection on project issues. Ghigos Group's exhibitions, installations, and projects have been mentioned in national and international competitions, and published on the main Italian magazines. Ghigos Group become an architectural firm, Studio Ghigos, in 2004. Studio Ghigos maintains and shares mission, vision and interdisciplinary approach of the parent group, handling projects of different scale in various areas: from the exhibit to the graphic, from the design to the architecture: "blinking at" the art. | Workshop brief

Paola Cofano, Emanuele Bortolotti, Stylianos Marinakis, Gyler Mydyti | Milano

Paola Cofano, architect, is a professor of composition at the Politecnico di Milano and has taught at the University of Bologna-Cesena and Agrigento. In 2007 she has collaborated with the Insurbia department of AIAPP (IFLA member) for a series of presentations on the Mediterranean landscape. She carried out various researches on Athens and Libya, and on the Greek and Portuguese landscapes. In 2010 was published a monograph of hers dedicated to the Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis (Electa editions). Since 1990, she is performing professional works in Italy, Portugal and Greece, dividing her time between architecture and landscape projects. She has built public gardens and accomplished the Green Plan of Busnago (Mi).

Emanuele Bortolotti, landscape architect, graduated in agronomy and specialized in architecture of gardens. The founder of landscape office AG&P together with Paolo Villa, for over 25 years has been building parks and public gardens, environmental restoration interventions and integration of infrastructures within Italy and abroad. In 2001, he won a prize at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Collaborator of the Minoprio Foundation, teaches at the ISAD of Milan, at the Agrarian School of the Park of Monza, and at the Master courses of the Faculty of Agriculture of Politecnico di Milano. He keeps writing columns on the specialized magazines, and has recently published the book Il giardino inaspettato (Unexpected garden), published by Electa editions.

Stylianos Marinakis, architect and urban planner, was graduated at the Politecnico di Milano. Co-founder of the magazine of history, urban planning and policy "Flea", he is a member of the non-profit association "Arsos", which deals with historical analysis of the insular territory. Together with the historian Katsour?s Kostantinos wrote a guide book about the Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments of Naxos. He lives and works between Athens and Naxos (Cyclades), dividing his time between projects in architecture, urban planning and cultural development activities in the island.

Gyler Mydyti is a PhD candidate in Architectural Composition at the Politecnico di Milano. She obtained an architecture degree at the Istanbul Technical University in 2007, and a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 2009. Among the professional experiences she has had in different countries, she has got significant ones in both Istanbul and Milan. Workshop brief

Telefono Azzurro | Francesca Tenchini, architect & Elena Verri, architect

Since 1987 Telefono Azzurro Onlus is committed to promoting total respect of the child during the whole age of development, defending his natural potentialities of growth, and protecting him from any physical and psychological abuse. This can be achieved through continual work involving information and awareness, besides the diffusion of the acquired knowledge. It is essential to start from children, listen to their needs and understand the reality that surrounds them, to build a real childhood culture. Telefono Azzurro Onlus has the commitment to turn into reality the rights of children and adolescents, in a society that really respects them.

Francesca Tenchini is a graduate in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano, after attending an exchange year at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona; she then decided to direct her passion for theatre and all forms of arts towards a specific profession and in 2005 she became a partner of the social Co-operative La Fucina that she now controls as vice-president ( Her duty is to plan, realize and coordinate social and cultural projects aimed to increase the developement of a community through the methodology of performing arts, taking a particular care of interventions related to young people and minors. She is convinced that an architect should be able to create a cross-connection between space, time and human relations in all projects, expecially when they are related to children, future and public space. She believes in the importance of research and experimentation in projects of social cohesion, participated planning and social sustainability.

Elena Verri is a an architecture graduate from the Politecnico of Milan, and a master graduate in "Arte arquitectura y espacio efimero" at Universiad Politecnica de Catalunya. She started working for several offices in Barcelona and in 2003 she founded STUDIOZERO24 in Monza with Alessio Riva focusing on housing research. After some years of activities in which STUDIOZERO24 has obtained some awards competition, in 2008 she opened her own office in Monza. After the participation at some international education training she introduced research activities in projecting laboratories aimed at children approach to architecture and experienced educational proposal in Primary School. In 2010 she started to collaborate with Emilio Caravatti architect. Since January 2011 she is involved in Telefono Azzurro like volunteer on recreational activities for children of prisoners.

The workshop team consist of: Francesca Tenchini, architect - Elena Verri, architect, Telefono Azzurro volunteer - Raffaela Corrias, Telefono Azzurro Volunteering Branch - Barbara Forresi, Telefono Azzurro Child Study Center. | Workshop brief

Arch. Tobia Repossi | ZonaUno

Tobia Repossi is an architect and designer, he deals with design applied to exhibitions, museums or exhibit design, product or communication in general. He thinks that the "hand-on" opportunity is the prelude for culture and tries to work on the object - user interactions keeping in mind that "if I hear I forget, if I see I remember, but if I do I understand". Beda and Adi member, teacher at the Polytechnic University of Design, Ied Institute, Marangoni Institute. Some of his works are published in magazines and newspapers and selected for the XXo Compasso d'oro prize. He founded and he is partner of ZonaUno studio associato, an agency born to follow companies in the definition and project of their design and communication strategies now part of Commedia(TM) Communication and Media Group. ZonaUno also produces cardboard furniture. | Workshop brief

CFU-CENTRO FORESTAZIONE URBANA with architect Alessandro Ferrari and agronomist Sergio Pellizzoni

CFU is the operating center created by Italia Nostra Onlus: it is a structure made of technicians and operators, with their means and resources for the care of the park and the development of enterprises started from the experience of urban public park Boscoincitta, built in 1974 as a first experience of urban forest in Italy. The park was born of an area of 30 hectares and today covers over 120.

Alessandro Ferrari, architect graduated from the Politecnico di Milano where he is currently a professor at the Facolta del Design. In 1997 founded his Studio, mainly engaged in environmental design and landscaping, besides construction. Since 1995 collaborates with the Centro per la Forestazione Urbana (CFU).

Sergio Pellizzoni is an agronomist, CFU's director from 1974 to 2009, precursor of the possibility of creating experiences of urban forest in the city's green area. It is now senior adviser to the initiative. | Workshop brief
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Elisa Evaso & Luca Guglieri, Monostudio & Ricardo Papa Architect Workshop in collaboration with the Geologos Sinfronteras Onlus will deal with Theme B, "social sustainability", and will focus on the developing of a pilot project of an Eco-sustainable touristic village in Andrevo (Madagascar). The project's goal is to build a small village (80 people max), while establishing a sustainable, Eco-friendly hospitality business built on the community's historic cultural traditions.
Aim of the project:
- Develop natural treasures of the area.
- Create a zero emission energy housing and factories for tourists and local workers.
- Improving green energy systems, passive cooling and solar devices in building design.
- Design a sustainable management of soil, water and vegetation.
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Alhadeff Architects & SdARCH Trivelli & Associati Workshop: New Building Sustainability - Towards a zero emissions energy-autonomous flexible building.
The workshop aims to design a new energy-efficient residential building with a low environmental impact, the building will also be developed taking into account the main theme of Expo 2015: "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". In fact, the project will be tentatively placed within the Expo Village, the residential neighborhoods that are going to host the participating countries to Expo 2015. Flexibility and sustainability for kinetic human space. How to Live in a urban space connected with the renewal resources in balance with the "food chain" as primary resource? The workshop's goal for students is to develop an initial concept, to control the model through an integrated process where environmental factors, the flexibility of space, the life cycle of building materials and bioclimatic strategies intersect, and to optimize the architectural form with the use of Ecotect software. Each day will begin with a short lecture on the theme of the workshop.
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ARCo Group Workshop:
The workshop will start with the description of two case studies of realized projects of architecture and cooperation - two schools realized by ARC? in Palestine - and of several examples of sustainable auto-construction architectures. Sustainable building techniques, innovative uses of low cost and recycled materials, specific needs, participation proceedings, education of inhabitants in auto-construction techniques will be the target topics. Participants will be involved in the analysis and creation of a proposal for an auto-construction project in the city of Milan. This project will focus on gypsies communities auto-constructed villages, on the possibility to build an identity collective place of the whole gypsies community and integrate it with the existing surrounding city and local communities. The attended result of the workshop is a prototypic project of urban sustainability for auto-constructed buildings and spaces in the physical city, which can lay foundations for a new kind of future urban and social transformations.
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Rahel Belatchew Lerdell Architect & Kersten Harries Architect Workshop will be working with the Gau:di competition where the assignment is to create a covered market that should also serve as a social space.
"Students should choose a site in an existing urban context on which they are to design a small and multi-functional hall which is able to satisfy a range of community needs - market, exhibitions, street theatre and musical performances - as well as simply being a place of meeting and interaction for local residents, the elderly, schoolchildren, workers… at various times of day and night. Students should focus on the social identity of their project and on the quality of its relationship with both the public realm and the local people - as well as on the use of both economic and sustainable material." (
We will work with a site within the city of Milan which has been chosen because of its undefined urban character and where the implementation of such a structure could have an impact on the urban life and social connectivity of the inhabitants.
The workshop will start with research investigating the specific needs of the chosen area by site studies and interviews with the residents. The final proposal should be made out of recyclable material and be possible to build in a 1:1 scale.
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Luca Strada Associati Workshop introduces the first application of the "Clessidra™" (The Hourglass), the most important element in the creation of a "Fattoria Urbana" (Urban Farm) This element expresses a particular capacity to organize a different relationship between life and work in time management for individuals, groups or communities with traversing social, generational, economic and cultural options. A New Building Sustainability for a New Way of Life.

Luca Strada Associati Workshop propone la prima applicazione della "Clessidra"™ elemento caratterizzante nella realizzazione di una "Fattoria Urbana" (Urban Farm); elemento che esprime la sua particolare capacit? di organizzare un diverso rapporto "vita-lavoro" nella gestione del tempo dei singoli, dei gruppi e delle comunit?, con opzioni trasversali di tipo generazionale sociale, economico e culturale.
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BEMaa workshop proposes the creation of a social housing building in a brownfield in Bovisa (MI) in collaboration with Consorzio Cooperative Lavoratori, a leading cooperative association in Milan, who will be responsible for drafting the functional program and will participate in the design reviews.
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Guidarini&Salvadeo + StudioWOK Architects Workshop
Public places are strategically important in the urban fabric: streets, squares and parks are catalysts for cultural and social activities, promote integration and create the conditions for a collective identity. They determine the quality of life both at city level and especially in the neighborhoods.

Milan tends to concentrate all group activities in a few privileged areas, but it needs to rediscover the importance of gathering places that give meaning to the concept of the city: the city as a meeting place. Transforming existing urban voids, paying attention to the design of public space and upgrading the currently degraded public places would be strategic for the social and economic development for entire areas of the city.

Our workshop intends to develop the theme of urban sustainability as quality of life expressed through the use of public place. For this reason we want to create a network of gardens, parks, squares, temporary public spaces, playgrounds, both existing and newly created, each within a 10 minute walk of the next. The neighborhood of Bovisa will be the case study and the main area of work, both for its particular urban characteristics and due to its proximity to where the workshop will take place. The workshop's aim is the feasibility and sustainability of projects that will be studied because at the end of this experience we want to make a real and concrete proposal for the area of Bovisa.
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LaboratorioPermanente Architects Workshop
THEME A: SAN CRISTOFORO (team 4 people) San Cristoforo is an historical industrial neighbourhood located in the south west of Milan, divided in fragmented patterns, rich of functions and different typologies. A transformation process in the area it's already began but it needs to be coordinated in respect of a general planning line for its public spaces network.

OBJECTIVE: Recover neighbourhood centrality and its green connections system with Parco Sud to promote the development of a social sustainability. Develop and promote projects on existing and new public spaces observing the general project of local neighbourhoods proposed in the PGT (Piano di Governo del Territorio).

TEMA A: SAN CRISTOFORO (team di 4 persone) San Cristoforo e un quartiere storico e industriale, situato a sud ovest di Milano, ? frammentato al suo interno e ricco di funzioni e tipologie differenti. E' gia in corso un processo di trasformazione che andrebbe coordinato rispetto ad un principio progettuale generale sulla sua rete di spazi pubblici.

OBIETTIVO: Recuperare le centralita del quartiere e il suo sistema di connessioni verdi al Parco Sud per promuovere lo sviluppo della sostenibilita sociale. Sviluppare progetti sugli spazi pubblici esistenti e proporne nuovi nel rispetto del progetto generale delle centralita locali proposte nel Pgt.

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MIC Mobility in Chain Workshop will deal with THEME A:
A.1 (4 people team): A.1 (4 people team): Split level junction: a need for downgrading
Il workshop propone uno sguardo nuovo sulla città e sui suoi spazi, liberandosi da un retaggio ancora del secolo scorso, che alimenta in un circolo vizioso i volumi di traffico aumentando la capacitu delle infrastrutture. Prendendo in esame Piazza Maggi, c dell'infrastruttura in un contesto potenzialmente urbano, si indaga la progressiva de infrastrutturazione e riconfigurazione del nodo, alla ricerca di una riconquistata, nuova urbanitu.
The workshop aims to reconsider the cit from last century planning, which feeds a vicious circle where the answer to larger traffic volumes is an increase in infrastructural capacity. Piazza Maggi is a controversial site and prime example o the supremacy of infrastructure over the urban environment. The workshop will investigate the progressive reduction in the amount of infrastructure and the node's reconfiguration in order to gain a new and deserved urban quality.

A.2 (4 people team): Road "diet"
Prendendo spunto dalla profonda penetrazione della A7 nella cinta urbana, originariamente progettata per garantire il movimento espresso in ingresso nel centro città, si affronta il tema del downgrade dell'asta. Anche in questo caso l'obiettivo infrastrutturale ed alla conseguente frammentazione degli spazi e della connettività urbana, ricucendo il tessuto - con la creazione di nuove relazioni trasversali interconnette.
The A7 motorway's deep penetration within the urban fabric will be the starting point for an analysis of the downgrade of the axis. Originally designed to provide an express connection towards the city centre, the gigantic infrastructure creates a frac spaces and severs connectivity. The aim of the workshop is to stitch the two sides back together, amending the fracture by introducing new transversal relations and connections.
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Jan Johansson Architect Workshop will deal with Theme C, New Building Sustainability, and will focus in working with a narrow infill task in Milan. The workshop will be based at the Politecnico di Milano, Bovisa.
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Workshop brief will be posted shortly
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Massimiliano Mandarini Architect Marchingenio Workshop will develop innovative concepts and projects of architecture and design on issues of the redevelopment of brownfield sites, the industrial archeology (specifically the former Italcementi in Bergamo), landscaping and new models of cities thought of as living organisms that rotate around the needs of the human. more The workshop will be based at the Politecnico di Milano, Bovisa. Workshop in collaboration with the Green Building Council of Italy.
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Raffaella Colombo Architect, Landscape Architect & Opps Studio Workshop will deal with Theme A as a "Urban landscape project". Inside the historic urban grid of Milan, three open-air micro spaces will be located, capable of creating one unique green "continuum". A landscape project will be designed in these spaces, meant as a new urban landscape, in which public space and young people will be atthe project core. Materials will be sustainable and natural, while architecture will be elevated, light as stilts, parasitic, subversive...
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Architetti Senza Frontiere Italia Workshop aims to engage students in a participatory design process, which recognizes residents as active agents of change rather than passive recipients. The workshop will take place in the Bovisa area in Milan, and will focus on the neighborhood's abandoned and residual open spaces - simultaneously addressing the tangible and intangible resources that might allow for the re-appropriation of these spaces by Bovisa's residents. The workshop will incorporate different activities and will be divided into three main phases: diagnosis, dreaming, and re-interpretation. The first phase will encompass explorative walks and interviews around the neighborhood, aimed at identifying community resources - be they physical or social. The second phase will include the critical mapping of current problems and opportunities, and their appraisal by key community stakeholders. The third phase will focus on the designerly reinterpretation of data by workshop participants. As outcome, the workshop aims to generate a preliminary design brief for the collaborative, community-led requalification of residual open spaces in the Bovisa area.
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ORGANIC LIVING ARCHITECTURE: from material sustainability to spiritual sustainability Under THEME C this workshop is entitled "Building a new sustainability", and proposes a design process focused on the method and content of organic living. This current of modern architecture, originated by the impulse of spiritual science of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), sees the building activity as a way the man has to know himself and the world, to make concrete its place in the world and cooperate to transform it. The building activity is together art and science, and architecture at the same time acts as liaison between the work of individual self and the cosmos. The workshop will propose a design path about observation and practical knowledge at various levels of the building site, meeting with the client and his needs, will lead in stages to the definition of a project. The tools available are going to be: the body as the seat of their human perceptions and experiences, their thinking activities and their faculties of artistic sensibility. The concrete means shall be free-hand drawing, geometric modeling, and construction of three-dimensional models. The style of work, the observing and doing, the listening and proposing, the dialogue and the encounter. The language is Italian and/or German with English translation.
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OPEN WORKSHOP “INTERIOR LANDSCAPE” Curatori: Proff.ri Paolo Mestriner e Massimiliano Spadoni. Tutor: Erica Rodolfi, Guglielmo Comini, Michele Corno Location: Milano

Il workshop si pone l'obiettivo di realizzare un frammento legato all'immaginario collettivo, un oggetto simbolico in grado di evocare i due termini richiamati nel titolo: Paesaggio | Interiore. Attraverso il recupero/reciclo di materiale ligneo si opererà in auto-costruzione. Il workshop e aperto a 10/20 persone ed e articolato in questo modo:
- 1o giorno: illustrazione del tema e del concept - lezione frontale su esperienze analoghe svolte negli ultimi due anni dai docenti – dimensionamento del progetto e definizione dei dettagli – analisi dei materiali recuperati e disposizione degli stessi per il lavoro - studio degli snodi – divisione in due gruppi di lavoro. -
- 2o/3o/4og: costruzione
- 5o giorno: presentazione

The workshop wants to achieve as the final goal the realization of a fragment related to the public imaginary, a symbolic object able to recall the terms pointed out in the title: Landscape Interior. Through the recover/recycling of the wood the work will be based onto selfconstruction. The workshop is open to 10 to 20 persons, and will be organized as follows:
- Day 1: explanation of the main theme/concept- lecture about similar experiences done by the teachers in the last years. Dimensioning of the project and detail drawings. Check and disposal of the reycled material. Joint design, organization of the group in two different teams.
- Day 2, 3 , 4: construction
- Day 5: presentation of the work.
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THE EARTH CHILD HOUSE The EARTH CHILD HOUSE is a that grew in the last 25 years in the mind of a group of people living between America and Europe and that finally, in September 2010, has been adopted by two Sardinian Communities: Santu Lussurgiu and Villanova Monteleone. They accepted the challenge and declared to be ready to have in their own territory the first two EARTH CHILD HOUSES.

The Vision: The EARTH CHILD HOUSE is a place dedicated to severely ill children that need to be in contact with Beauty and Mother Earth. These children usually spend a long time in controlled, aseptic rooms in hospitals, being treated with heavy therapies. During these times, their horizon is limited to their hospital room - walls, ceiling, a window to gaze to Life sliding outside, sometimes within an urban landscape. Now, imagine a mother and a father that want to give their child a week of peace, beauty and caring in a safe, cared and natural site. It is very difficult for them to find such a place that at the same time is conceived to answer the critical needs of their own child. City parks, resorts, do not guarantee them the comfort, the cleanness, the assistance and the conditions, nor the serenity that are so important in these situations.

The EARTH CHILD HOUSE it is not a promise of healing. But for sure, these parents would like to give their daughters and sons a precious time for their body and spirit to experience freely and safely their own being with Life and Nature. And this has to be open to every child, no matter the social and financial possibilities, the nationality, the origin, the religion, the color.

The concept: The EARTH CHILD HOUSE is developed around a protected natural environment, that hosts trees, plants, water, butterflies, birds, inside a special greenhouse building that will guests mothers and children for one whole week, assisted by competent and specially prepared persons. The greenhouse is a small natural forest, rich of tropical plants, with little birds singing and flying inside, where the children can live, play and sleep safely and happily being close to their mothers and having the basic care and all the possible assistance they need. The building is free from any possible pollutant, metals, artificially induced magnetic fields and it is monitored periodically in order to avoid as much as possible any contamination. Air and water will be filtered and cleaned before their use inside the greenhouse, while plants and birds will be checked before being admitted in it and also during their own lifetime inside the House. The main building, then will be served by four main satellites: the entrance filter, the services for water and electricity, heating/cooling conditioning plants annex, the hygienic - baths and toilets, plus infirmary annex, the small kitchen and dining hall annex. All these buildings will be included inside a circular space and all the environment around them will be a cared, at the same time wild and harmonized, typical Sardinian landscape. In fact, the design of the EARTH CHILD HOUSE will be conceived as an evolution of the traditional nuraghe constructions, naturally adapted to the functions and aims of this project. All the energy supply will be based on renewable sources only - sun and wind - while the continuous current will be adopted for the distribution. The use of natural building materials will be enhanced.
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Ing. Alessandro Zichi & Arch. Amit Anafi | CIS-E | Scuola Master F.lli Pesenti | Politecnico di Milano Workshop:
The goal of the present workshop is to provide basic tools and practical knowledge on using sustainable architecture for the specific activity of recovering and renovating existing, obsolete, urban structures. The object of the workshop is the ex-Innocenti-Maserati factory.
This site, classified as Industrial archeology, is located in the Rubattino neighbourhood (Zona 3), adjacent to the ringroad that encircles the eastern part of Milan, separating it from its outskirts.
The aim is to develop a concept plan for re-using the old structure, creating a multi-functional space, a "micro cosmos", containing social activities such as theatres, libraries, contemporary art galleries and workshops for young artists and designers, surrounded by an educational-agricultural park and a "? KM" market growing and selling products "on site".
The concept is to preserve the existing steel structure, creating a "building within a building" where the diverse social and commercial functions co-exist inside a building characterized by high energetic efficiency and low CO2 emissions thanks also to the application of bio-climatic solutions.
The design process, will use a multidisciplinary approach, building on the contribution of experts from different fields related to the project and in particular: light engineering, LEED development, Life Cycle Assessment, bio-climatic architecture, plant design, vertical greenery, computer assisted energy simulation, and active glass systems. Representatives of the industry will give lecture and provide technical supervision. Globally, the recovery of abandoned urban structures and their transformation into new spaces at the service of the city and its citizens, is a crucial theme in the sustainable development of major cities. Sustainable architecture practice is the only responsible choice in giving abandoned structures a new life, its visitors a pleasant and comfortable space and the city a better, livable future.
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Prof. Marco Bovati & Prof. Monica Lavagna, Architects with tutors arch. Ester Dede, arch. Davide Ferrari, arch. Elena Scattolini Workshop:
Rigenerare per abitare
Il tema proposto riguarda la rigenerazione architettonica, tipologica ed energetica di un edificio residenziale del moderno milanese, individuato nell'ambito dei quartieri del '900 presenti nella zona ovest di Milano, versante urbano interessato da importanti processi di trasformazione legati all'EXPO 2015. L'obiettivo del lavoro consiste nel focalizzare l'attenzione sul degrado ambientale, fisico-spaziale e sociale delle aree periferiche urbane e metropolitane, al fine di sperimentare possibilit? di intervento progettuale volte alla loro riqualificazione e in grado di invertire quei processi di periferizzazione e regressione urbana che interessano diverse aree, sia interne al corpo urbano che disposte nelle aree marginali e di frangia. L'esercitazione si applicher? ad un edificio del quartiere Gescal di Quarto Cagnino (1963-83); le ipotesi di lavoro e le aspettative consistono in una serie di azioni finalizzate ad attribuire caratteri di sostenibilit? ambientale e sociale allo spazio edificato e allo spazio aperto, e sono riassumibili secondo tre temi principali:
1) ridefinizione tipologico-distributiva dell'edificio, secondo nuove funzioni previste in relazione a EXPO 2015 (casa atelier e residenza temporanea) e secondo una corretta strategia distributiva in relazione all'esposizione solare;
2) riqualificazione energetica da perseguire attraverso creazione di serre solari, posizionamento di sistemi di schermature frangisole e revisione del sistema delle aperture, compatibilmente con le caratteristiche tecnico-costruttive dell'edificio;
3) revisione critica, riorganizzazione e ridisegno degli spazi aperti e degli spazi comuni interni e al piede degli edifici, in funzione del raggiungimento di obiettivi di sostenibilit? sociale. Il workshop si svolger? presso la sede Leonardo del Politecnico di Milano.
Regenerating for living
The theme concerns the architectural, typological and energetic regeneration of a modern residential building, located in the '900 historic districts of the western part of Milan. This part of the Town will be affected by outstanding urban transformation processes as a consequence of the EXPO 2015.
The aim of the workshop is to focus the attention on environmental, spatial and social degradation of metropolitan urban and suburban areas, Having the opportunity to experience a design intervention aimed at their requalification. The intervention will attempt to reverse the processes of urban regression and peripheralization, affecting different areas, both inside and adjacent to the urban body. The exercise will have as an object a building in the Gescal - Quarto Cagnino district (built between 1963-83). The main working hypothesis consist of a series of interventions combining characteristics of environmental and social sustainability, in orderto shape both built-up and open spaces and can be summarized in three main themes:
1) typological and distributional redefinition of the building, according to new functions related to the EXPO 2015 (atelier-house and temporary housing), and in relation to sun exposure;
2) energetic requalification using: solar greenhouses, shielding sunscreens or brise-soleil and modifying windows dimensions and positioning - respecting the technical and structural characteristics of the building;
3) Critical review, reorganization and rearrangement of open spaces and common areas, both internal and external to the building, in order to achieve a socialy sustainable organization of the space. The workshop will be based at the Politecnico di Milano, Leonardo.
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Ghigos Ideas + Logh | Milano Workshop: Regali urbani di Ghigos ideas + Logh
Walk down the street and imagine unexpected gifts that buildings present to public space; unexpected appendices, unforeseen functions that let you look at pieces of furniture fooling around thus creating a voluptuous urban design as they populate sidewalks and cross people's life. Every building has an its own distinct character, result of its history and inhabitants: thus don't be surprised if all of those start to open up to the city in a peculiar way, stepping out a little of themselves to show the most inner thoughts and feelings of its inhabitants. It's an urbanism that "born from the interiors" to be sprawled in urban areas, blurring the boundaries between public and private spaces. Those gifts could be seats offered to travelers, a ball to play with against the wall, huge screens to cast refreshing shadows, a tap that spring from the fence, blank walls for new writers or bricks that build shelters for stray dogs. Thousands of different looks embody a city full of surprises. Citizens can choose what kind of freebie donate to the city, revealing thus a little about themselves. It would turn the city into a family of characterized buildings, that everyone could feel more intimate, could manage to recognize and perceive like friend. People's homes open to city populating its spaces with marks and stamps of their daily life. If the city would employ this approach as a method of urban redevelopment and appropriation, the "donation plan" would wishfully become a planning tool. It would be a plan to propose "an urbanism of sharing", really close to people as far as it once will enable their direct expression, not imposing choices from above.

WORKING GUIDE: The workshop will begin with a site investigation, a direct research that will be made of interviews with residents: to gather knowledge of rites, daily habits, behaviors and "intersections" that can fully depict the urban fragment. This will be a small urban portion, a street or a square, that participants are later called to upgrade with irony and provocation: investigations and talks to inhabitants will such set the background for the project. The final results are going to be very unusual pieces of street furniture, concepts that could make new cities, installations between public and private spaces, a small open-air exhibition, a series of daydreams that people can, step by step, meet on the road. As a matter of fact at the end of the workshop contributors will be asked to realize prototypes of their project, using recycled materials and operating with any of the resources the city will let them available.
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Paola Cofano, Emanuele Bortolotti, Stylianos Marinakis, Gyler Mydyti Workshop: "The two archaeologies" archaeological garden + gasometers park

Through the medium of the project tool, the workshop tends to reflect on the improvement of environmental quality, aesthetics and cultural contexts of historic cities. The working group, made up of architects, urban planners and landscape architects, aims to build up landscaping proposals, concrete and fostered in two different urban situations of Milan: within the historical urban tissue and in an ex-industrial suburban area . The proposed topics have to be developed favoring the use of natural and mineral materials compatible with the "different natures" of the selected sites.

Site A: Historical center of Milan: archaeological garden of the Roman amphitheater.
Construction of a botanical garden next to the Antiquarian building and the Roman amphitheater in Milan. [Actions: design of the retaining wall of the land between the present quote and the quote of the Roman city; project of ramps down to the excavation (- 4.50 m); intervention on the bottom of the excavation and between the remains of the monument foundations].

Site B: Milan-Bovisa: Technological Park of gasometers.
Redevelopment of an ex-industrial area in vocation to university and research. [Actions: reclamation of the terrain through the planting of selected tree species; landscaping intervention through the use of plants, trees and shrubs which require a low maintenance; identification of the system of routes and the interconnections with the university buildings and railway stations; recovery of gasometers through a project of roofs, stairs, walkways and lighting].
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Francesca Tenchini, architect & Elena Verri, architect Telefono Azzurro Workshop proposal is the design of a Thematic park on chilhood's rights, a workshop organized by Telefono Azzuro with pedagogues and psycologists.
Titolo : Fateci Spazio!
Se un paese, sia esso una metropoli o una piccola citta della provincia,punta l'attenzione sui bisogni dei bambini come protagonisti della propria comunita, allora questo e un luogo per il quale non e difficile prevedere un bel futuro. Tanto piu c'e attenzione per l'infanzia e tanto piu si puo parlare di sostenibilita…ma lo spazio e in particolare lo spazio pubblico, se disegnato in un certo modo puo stimolare e/o influire anche sulle relazioni? E quando si tratta di bambini e famiglie? Di che tipo di relazioni si tratta? Ma soprattutto cosa si cela dietro alla frase 'a misura di bambino'? Esistono dei canoni?
Il workshop proposto da Telefono Azzurro e condotto dall'Arch. Francesca Tenchini parte dal presupposto che 'fare grande una citta significhi prendersi cura del piccolo' e che progettare e pensare spazi per i bambini debba essere un gioco tremendamente serio e in particolare un gioco di squadra e di cooperazione interdisciplinare.
La creativita, l'arte, l'architettura e il design come soluzione dei problemi comuni, come continua invenzione e costruzione di oggetti, di luoghi, ma anche di tempi e di interazioni della vita quotidiana.
2 quindi i livelli che si affronteranno:
- Un livello meta che portera a riflettere sullo sguardo e la capacita che un architetto deve avere per sperimentarsi in progetti 'a misura di bambino'
- Un livello progettuale-esecutivo per progettare uno spazio aperto in Bovisa in un'area che metta in comunicazione il Politecnico con le famiglie di un quartiere spesso citato nei piani di sviluppo di Milano
Telefono Azzurro committente e ideatore della tematica del workshop intende sviluppare il tema parlando di diritti dell'infanzia e di relazione bambino-bambino e bambino-adulto. Si prevedono quindi oltre alla visione di progetti e interventi realizzati in Italia e all'estero per e con i bambini, al sopralluogo dell'area di progetto e allo lo sviluppo dell'idea sino al dettaglio esecutivo, interventi e lezioni da parte dei referenti di Telefono Azzurro, di una pedagogista che da anni collabora con realta museali e culturali per l'infanzia a livello Europeo ed un' integrazione del Prof Luigi Baldini Buti sull'ergonomia.
Materiale necessario per il workshop:
- Conoscenza della carta dei diritti dei Bambini
- Ricerca di spazi all'aperto dedicati ai Bambini - Mezza pagina dal titolo 'Gioco come un bambino quando…'
- Notebook
Equipe - Arch. Francesca Tenchini, Arch. Elena Verri, Dottoressa Barbara Forresi, Dottoressa Raffaela Corrias (Telefono Azzuro), Dottoressa Elisa Rota.

Title: give us a place!
If a place, whether it is a metropolis or a small town focuses its attention on children's needs being children protagonists of their own community, then it would be a place where it is easy to look forward to a good future. The more you care about childhood the most we can speak of sustainability…. a place, a public place, if designed in a peculiar way, could it enhance and/or influence relationships? And when it comes to children and families? Which kind of relationships are these? In particular what does 'child friendly' really mean? Are there any common rules? Telefono Azzurro workshop hosted by the architect Francesca Tenchini is based on the idea that it is necessary to take care of the little to make a city a great one and that designing and imagining child friendly places should be an extremely serious game and especially a team game and interdisciplinary cooperation. Creativity, art, architecture and design as a solution to common issues, as the continuous invention and creation of new objects and places, but also of timing and interaction in everyday life.
Therefore two different levels will be approached:
- A goal level in which we will study the vision and ability that an architect should have while approaching a child friendly project
- An executive project level during which we will design an open space in the Bovisa area that will create a connection between the Politecnico University and the local families living in an area often mentioned in Milan development plan.
Telefono Azzurro is the proposer of the workshop which would like the project to be developed through the children rights theme and child-child and child-adult relationship.
The schedule includes:
- projects and interventions in Italy and foreign countries for and with babies
- field trip to the project area
- development of a fully detailed executive project
- classes held by Telefono Azzurro members and by a pedagogist that has been cooperating over the years with European level cultural activities and museums, a presentation by Professor Luigi Baldini Buti regarding ergonomics.
Suggested material for the workshop:
- Knowledge of The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (20 November 1989)
- Research on open-air places for children
- Half a page essay entitled 'I play like a child when…'
- Notebook
Workshop team: Arch. Francesca Tenchini, Arch. Elena Verri, Doctor Barbara Forresi, Doctor Raffaela Corrias (Telefono Azzuro), Dr. Elisa Rota.

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Arch. Tobia Repossi | ZonaUno Workshop: CARDBOARD FURNITURE
The workshop aim is to design and build cardboard furniture objects for temporary installations with microwave cardboard. Microwave cardboard is a lightweight, easy to carry and assemble, because ecologically recycled and recyclable. We will investigate the world of exhibitions, events temporary furnishing. The basics of industrial processes, manufacturing, assembly and logistics of designing with cardboard will be given by lessons or through external communications by visiting professors. At the end of the workshop we will produce the exhibition for the final presentation of the Ecoweek workshops, and eventually worthy projects will be chosen by Mobili in Cartone™ for production (after the economic agreements with the authors).
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CFU-CENTRO FORESTAZIONE URBANA with architect Alessandro Ferrari and agronomist Sergio Pellizzoni Workshop: In designing the proposed is the intensification of the natural components of the green area in the city: the lab aims to create a 'theme garden' (= giardino tematico) dedicated to bees and/or carrier pigeons, in line with those already built or planned within the park (orchard, urban gardens or water garden...). To create a 'theme garden' means create a place where citizens can view the world of bees and beekeeper (just to mention one example); means bringing people to the world of bees and its products, including through direct experimentation. The topic of workshop is the result of work of the staff of the Centre with architect Alessandro Ferrari and agronomist Sergio Pellizzoni, leaders of the workshop.

The four days reserved to the design, will be organized as follows:

Tuesday 13/09/2011
The following activities will be carried out at the Boscoincitta park, with lunch break on your own.
- Introduction to the origin of the Centro per la Forestazione Urbana (Center for Urban Forestry), highlighting the design, construction, management objectives and methodologies.
- Illustration of 'theme gardens' already designed and carried out by the Centre. The project that will be developed during the workshop will be coherent with what presented (use of natural materials, participatory development, functional and landscape coherence, sustainability management ...).
- Detailed presentation of the project brief.
- Time-depth to collect materials and specifications (availability of library and internet access).
- Visit to the 'theme gardens' and to project area.
- Visit to a apiary and a station for carrier pigeons.
Wednesday 14/09/2011
- Development of the project (Politecnico di Milano - Bovisa).
- During the working day will be organized project verification meetings with leaders and other employees with different skills.
Thursday 15/09/2011
- Morning: development of the project (Politecnico di Milano - Bovisa).
- Afternoon: Visit the project area to test the developed solutions.
Friday 16/09/2011
Project development and preparation of workshop presentation ( Politecnico di Milano - Bovisa).
The Centre is equipped with sleeping quarters at the park site near the center of the intervention.


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