Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

Iuav fall semester programme 2019/2020


“Territories of dispersion: Situations, Scenarios”


Key issue: Territories of dispersion

Approaches: research/design through description and scenarios

Studio site: Italian territories of dispersion

Studio guidance: Paola Viganò


Find the main structure of the fall semester programme at Iuav in the following table. For more details see also the brochure attached to the “materials” section in this page.


design studio

prof. Paola Viganò

situations, scenarios


the GIS in the territorial project and 3D design


knowledge field

forms of knowledge, forms of rationality: the     scenario construction


instruments of design

the project as knowledge producer


tools of representation

intensified visions: technique and the art of photography




techniques of production of cities and territories

landscape ecology and urban systems




The Design Studio is the core of the Iuav fall semester. It will reflect on research/design through description and scenarios. The Italian territories of dispersion, the new form of the contemporary metropolis, are taken as a reference for comparison with other European or non European cases. The hypothesis that leads the Studio is that these territories are today facing a strong mutation. The Studio will observe and read places and territories in transformation, questioning them with different hypothesis about their future. Scenarios related to new way of living, moving, inhabiting the city and the territory will be explored to understand the ways in which the territories of dispersion have been, will and might be shared or conflictual resources and support of an innovative ecological project; looking for new representations of the territory as infrastructure and living place.


Lectures and seminars will integrate the Design Studio core:


§          The GIS in the territorial project and 3D design

The aim of the seminar is to give the basic knowledge to manage and produce plans and territorial maps. A practical seminar will be held where some graphic exercises and statistic analysis will be developed and some geographically referenced data will be managed. Practical exercise of mapping, monitoring, modelling and visualization will be held, with the use of geographical information technologies such as GIS, image processing tools, simulation tools and spatial multimedia in order to manipulate and analyze geographically referenced areas. Some knowledge of 3D design will also be given.


§          The knowledge field

Some lectures will discuss the connection between forms of rationality and forms of knowledge (expert, technical, ordinary, interactive), typologies of public choice. All this points will be mainly discussed with reference to the issue and practice of the production of scenarios and, more generally, to the issue of the “future” in urban planning.


§          Instruments of design

The seminars will illustrate the project as a reading tool of contemporary cities and territories with an analytic and elementaristic approach, but also as a collection of hypothesis on the future of contemporary cities and territories.


§          Tools of representation

An internal historical perspective is explored through the forms of rationality that support and legitimize the production of urban-spatial plans, from the scientific rationality to the communicative rationality.

This course will explore the evolving relationship between photography and the built environment over the 19th and 20th centuries, promoting handoff visual texts related to the modern city and its landscapes. The aim is to overcome the traditional dichotomy between the technique and the art of photography, in search of the medium’s deeper ethos.

This part will be an on-site workshop which will employ photography as a tool to enrich and modify the traditional figure of architect and urbanist. The students will be asked to produce and discuss their own photographic work.


§          Techniques of production of cities and territories

This course will introduce theories and the applications of landscape ecology in strong

relation with the studio issues, and will provide tools in order to deal with mobility issues.

Among them: theories in landscape ecology; methods to evaluate and manage

the urban systems by using the methods of landscape ecology; information theory, biosemiotics and eco-field; metrics in landscape ecology; interactions between social systems and the spatial organization of urban systems.



>> For an overview of the final project of the fall semester 2018/2019, please see the presentation in the “materials” section in this page.



Teaching staff and collaborators:


Paola Viganò

scientific coordinator of the Iuav master, full professor in urbanism

teaching module: design studio and project as knowledge producer


Guido Guidi

assistant professor, photographer well known at international level

teaching module: intensified visions – technique and the art of photography


Sybrand Tjiallingii

biologist with long-time expertise in ecology and urbanism

teaching module: landscape ecology and urban systems


Giambattista Zaccariotto

architect and urbanist expert in landscape ecology


Alvise Pagnacco






Iuav spring semester programme 2019/2020


Cultural Landscapes: Strategies and Descriptions


Key issue: Cultural Landscapes

Approach: research/design through description and strategies

Site: Venice

Studio guidance: Enrico Fontanari


Heritage cities and landscapes are a relevant concept born within modern architecture and urbanism. Their preservation for contemporary life is today one of the most exciting challenges for planners and designers since this requires: a) the development of sharp sensitivity to detect latent qualities; b) the feeding of a deep specific cultural background; c) the development of clever design skills to interpret patterns, spaces, forms so that their original concept is respected, but, at the same time, modern urban life finds the best possible shape and fascinating forms. The Design Studio will deal with the re-cycling of the former Actv dockyard to insert a new design in the thick landscape and historical palimpsest  of Venice and its lagoon.


Lectures and Seminars:

- fields of knowledge: the design of cities and territories as “art of time”

- instruments of design: “rilievo critico” (critical survey), the critical reading of space

- tools of representation: photogrammetry and 3-D representation

- techniques of construction of cities and territories: landscape design





Former collaborators:

Alberto Cecchetto

full professor in urbanism

teaching module: design studio


Enrico Fontanari

associate professor in urbanism

teaching module: urban and landscape surveys


Marcello Mamoli

associate professor in urbanism

teaching module: urban planning and design


Franco Mancuso

full professor in urbanism

teaching module: design studio


Paola Pellegrini

architect and urbanist expert in scenario construction


Agostino Cappelli

full professor in logistics