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Holidays places, Urban Places

The International Summer School of Landscape Architecture intends to reflect on the creation of the spatial and temporal conditions of the new urban landscapes, in contexts characterized by a great environmental importance. The aim of this is to define projects which experiment different ways of \'living\'.

These ways are explored in the coast context of Sardinia, and they concern the building and the regeneration of the spaces of the seaside residence and the construction of a public space which is in conflict with private interests.

In particular, this project compares itself with the spatial phenomenon regarding the tourist settlements situated in the area of Olbia: they are often managed with difficulty, also due to their economic and cultural dimensions, which go beyond the local sphere.

The preservation of the attractive strength of these places considers the way in which the population experience the space, and the need to describe new elements of urban vitality in contexts which seem to be referred only to a tourist dimension.

The themes of the project refer to some important matters concerning the seacoast town in Sardinia:
  • the \'mystification\' of the relationship with the environment, which involves an exclusive attention to superficial and visual aspects and an indifference to the deep meanings of the nature and history of the territory;
  • the \'isolation\' of the settlements has a self-referential approach which cuts all relationships with the external situation in the name of an internal efficiency of business type;
  • the \'urban\': a vast settlement without any territorial identity where the space is subdivided according to private criterions; a \'fictitious town\' which, by allowing the user to live a fiction, takes away from the town the constituent public spaces;
  • the public construction of space, opposed to forms such as the labyrinth,the maze which mainly facilities a private organization of the space;
  • the democratic control of the settlements and the plan of the territory, that involves a consideration on the authority of the local administrations, and their attitude towards a tourist industry, whose dimension goes beyond the local one. Such a consideration also implies meaningful actions connected to the lack of balance between cultural and territorial aspects;
  • the production of \'holiday\' with an exploration of the ways and forms, ranging from a \'holiday\' produced by causes which do not belong to the local reality, to an autonomous and conscious production; and from the passive use of holiday places, which almost have the role of thematic parks inside the contemporary town, to the conscious use of the territory as an internal experience;
  • the spatial experience of the different urban populations is also considered as a search of elements of urban vitality, in an area which seems to have only a holiday dimension;
  • the accessibility as a basic factor of the public construction of the territory: acting the inversion of accessibility between the coast an the internal territory as a result of the process of privatization of the seashore.

The working groups (about 5 people each) are led by an expert in town-planning or environmental techniques, with the collaboration of an architect and some assistants, in order to propose different kinds of projects on different scales regarding the general contest of the area.

Pascal Amphoux, Jordi Bellmunt, Jean-Michel Landecy, Ignasi Perez-Arnal, Bet Figueras, Giovanni Maciocco, Joo Nunes are invited as responsibles of the working group.

The school is directed by Giovanni Maciocco and Arnaldo Cecchini, and coordinated by Silvia Serreli.


All activities of the school will last two weeks (120 hours in total) including:
study seminars; laboratory; visits to the areas regarding the project; drafting of the project; discussion and presentation of the works.

The students will have some didactic-informative material at their disposal.

As the school does not supply other materials, the students must get everything (such as stationery and computers) before.

The final projects of the working groups will be collected in a publication which will contain, moreover, the proceedings of the conferences.


The school is open to a maximum of fifty students: graduates, students in their final year and PhD students coming from Architecture, Planning and Engineering schools, who have already taken a planning examination.

A limited number of students coming from other disciplines with an appropriate resume will be accepted.

An adequate knowledge of English is required.


A certificate of participation will be issued to each student at the end of the school.

The School of Architecture will confer a total of 4 credits (ECTS) corresponding to the 120 hours of activity.


The entrance-fee for each student is 700 euro by the 7 of June 2004, 850 euro after the 7 of June: it includes the entrance-fee, the full-board accommodation, the participation to all the didactic and cultural activities included in the program.

It does not include the journeys to and from the location of the school.


Interested students must make an application for the summer school. A brief one-page resume describing academic and professional experience in fields related to the topics of the school must be enclosed with the application.

Resumes will be evaluated coherently with the academic program offered.

The Application Form is available here.

For further information please contact:

Segreteria Scuola Estiva Olbia 2004
Fax +39 0799720420

Here below you can download the poster of the Summer School

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