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

Recycling City”


Lifecycles, embolie energy, inclusion


Intensive program

29th June > 9th July 2012



aula Tafuri, aula D, aula piano terra


coordination Lorenzo Fabian, Emanuel Giannotti, Paola Viganò (chair)


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29.06, h. 15.30 workshop presentation

02.07, h. 15.00 open lectures: embodied energy

03.07, h. 17.00 open lectures: lifecycles

05.07, h. 17.00 open lectures: recycling cities

04.07, h. 17.00 open lectures: inclusion

09.09, h. 9.00    final presentations



We recycle things that are subject to a life cycle.

Parts of cities, objects, materials: talking about the city as something that can be recycled makes us think about its rhythms, life cycles, metamorphoses. Recycling is not just reusing, but, if we follow the analogy with the organic world, it puts forward a new life cycle. If, beyond the contradictory and short-term outcomes of many interventions, we accept the idea that the city is a resource and that it can be recycled in parts or episodes or as a whole at the end of the different life cycles, then the cities in their making and unmaking are "renewable resources," and recycling cities is an essential strategy that cuts across the scales and themes of the contemporary urban question: the environmental crisis and evermore frequent extreme phenomena, the progressive divide between rich and poor, forced or denied mobility that points towards new exclusions.


The Intensive Program explores a "100% recycling" hyphotesis. The proposed theme urges that the transformation of territory should be tackled through processes of endogenous growth of the city, thanks to the reinvention and re-signification of already available urban materials. The reasons which support the "100% recycle" hypothesis are manifold and lie on what can be seen to be very different planes: that of limiting the consumption of non renewable materials, reducing the energy consumption, up to the economic and energetic rationality of a judicious use of the existing buildings and infrastructures.