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




The "Fortified Places" workshop aims to increase educational exchanges among the FacoltÓ di Architettura dell’UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia, the Ecole Nationale SupÚrieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais, and the Escuela TÚcnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Sevilla.


These universities have already worked in co-educational actions/projects/works with positive results; the Lifelong Learning Programme gives us the opportunity to deepen this collaboration in order to:

> increase the number of students and teachers involved in these exchange initiatives.

> to compare architectural and landscaping design methods among the Universities involved.

> to develop trans-disciplinary students skills required by professions activities today.


The last point is the one that most importantly builds up how the proposal in these pages would like to respond to academic priorities the Erasmus Intensive Programme has given. Nowadays, the trans-disciplinary approach is one of the most appropriate teaching methods capable of training students in architectural design.


The "Fortified Places" workshop involved architectural and landscaping design, historical disciplines, photography, architectural restoration not as a summation of knowledge, but as a critical trans-disciplinary learning area.

The main purpose of the Intensive Programme is to make students fully aware of the opportunity of acquiring a method that approaches the topics and the project sites with the help of communication and comparison of the disciplines. On one hand, the need is to separate disciplinary knowledge, in order to train specialists; on other hand, the need is to train designers able to manage different knowledge in complex architectural projects, is strongly increasing.

To this effect, the workshop aims to develop projects in continuous comparison with various knowledgeá and with the support of the teachers of different disciplines.



The IP "Fortified Places’" goal is to underline the historical role of fortifications under the construction of urban and natural landscapes; the investigation/research concerns single fortified elements, also part of a wider system, and the potentialities that these elements can obtain today.


This first edition of the IP - we hope that there will be two others in Spain and in France - investigate on some fortified places scattered in Venice’s lagoon, which allows the analysis of their possible role within a programme that preserves and enhances the lagoon’s landscape.


The progressive decommission of military functions, raises cultural, social and economic questions about the recovery of these buildings and sites; these places could become models that enhance the lagoon, by supporting sustainable tourism and cultural uses/traditions in agreement with the lagoon’s environmental history.

The suggested topic is to create an analytical and planning study on a place (in this case the Venetian Lagoon) and on a specific system (cultural or touristic reuse of the decommission military installations).


The main question is to obtain a method and an approach capable of solving planning problems; a valid method applicable to other European backgrounds connoted by the presence of historical/environmental qualities to preserve and enhance.