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

Project guideline


design issues

The lagoon of Venice are scattered by evidence of a massive defense system dating back to different periods. At this time when military functions are dismissed in many places of Europe it is necessary to develop projects aimed to preserve and enhance  these systems. This phenomenon can be understood as an extraordinary opportunity to return these sites to public community; however, the scale of these systems represents a serious risk of fast and gradual decay for the lack of planned interventions and recovery of physical/cultural values.


Specific recovery actions are not enough to bring visitors flowing in dismissed military sites, with the restoration of individual items is necessary to develop a cultural project that can contextualize the historical reasons for these artifacts which were not just isolated fortresses but parts of a defensive system of the lagoon.

On the other hand, these sites could be understood as an example of cultural landscape values that Venice and its lagoon are representatives today.


The recovery of military artifacts in the lagoon as in other places of Italy or other Nations are increasingly numerous but (although these initiatives are laudable) they are often the result of a limited action and closed in themselves; it is necessary to develop a cultural project that crosses history and geography, past and present in order to preserve the monumental remains and build up future scenarios.


From this point of view, the Venetian fortresses may be understood as a constellation of places to set up, as a whole is a remarkable system that has to related to the knowledge of the lagoon landscape and new strategies for sustainable tourism. The knowledge acquired during the IP investigation phase and scenarios designed by students, with help from teachers, is a set of materials that could be presented to public opinion, representatives of local institutions and officials of architectural and landscaping safeguard institutions.


the system of fortresses framed on a geographic scale can test new models to enhance the dismissed military structures within the lagoon context. From war or defense places, they may become places for history education, for understanding the nature and the perception of the landscape; they still could become opportunities for local economic revitalization. Although this is a teaching experience, it could provide a new perspective on the role of military abandoned artifacts, not only for the immense liquid plain that is the Venice lagoon, but also for those European areas characterized by a strong presence of abandoned military structures or dismissing perspective



The workshop will be structured into lectures, surveys, comparisons between groups of students and design exercises.

The lessons will be specifically addressed to issues that involves various disciplines, After the lectures there will be seminaries discussion to improve the students ability to interpolate knowledge and select critically the acquired information.


The teaching staff will establish a dual dialogue with students. On the one hand, this staff will be engaged in lessons on the topic of IP issues, on the other hand it will lead - as in a kind of architecture atelier- mixed students groups (Italian, French and Spanish) to understand the lagoon peculiarities, to define guidelines of projects and in the end to elaborate the final proposal. this second dialogue between teacher and student is aimed to transmit knowledge not from classical ex-cathedra lessons, but through an induction method.

The teaching approach also provides to learn on vertical axis (teacher-student) and on horizontal axis (Italian student- French student -Spanish student).


The final evaluation provided by the IP will not be relegated to the end of the workshop, but will pass through successive collegial steps and critical discussion about the issues learned in the classroom, the comments made after the surveys and the problems emerged during the project elaboration. The lectures will be supplemented by discussions between teachers and students in order not to allow a passive learning  but improving the critical skills of the student.

Finally, a fundamental part of the IP is the workshop time, it is understood as a full-time immersion to develop a real and sustainable design proposal.

The project will be the final highlight of the educational activity; this will allow to check which way the proposed training program will lead to the goal achievements.