Designing the coast of future
.Summer and Winter courses - Cagliari
The course is aimed at providing a direct and overall knowledge of coastal systems. Researchers and professionals may develop analysis skills and project tools directed towards increasing the response capabilities of coastal regions to the many climatic and anthropic pressures.
Through the collaboration between professional and technical-scientific profiles, a first-hand experience of the territory and the involvement of local authorities and businesses, students will develop the ability to transform environmental-economic ‘crises’ into opportunities of regeneration, taking on the great challenge of sustainable innovation. The learning by doing teaching method includes, after a first phase on analysis, a concrete project planning phase on case studies: at the end of the course, the participants will be able to lay down solutions capable of making coastal areas “resilient”.
The course is divided into three modules (Scenarios for the future, Design for Adaptation and Sustainable design from the sea) and stretches over three intensive weeks. It is structured as a research and project workshop during which teaching activities will be accompanied by events and other activities.
- Start date: July 2017
- Duration: 3 weeks
- Language: English
The Summer course is organized in three modules:
1. The first module, Scenarios for the future, will occupy the first week of the course and will provide the methodological and thematic framework necessary for the two following modules. This module will provide students with the necessary tools to know, interpret and understand the changes occurring today in coastal territories, in view of defining project models capable of rendering these areas resilient to the increasingly urgent transformation phenomena caused by climate change. During the first week, a first phase will illustrate the issues and current situation of Mediterranean coastal areas, followed by lectures on the Scenarios for the future topic, held by professionals and professors, and then by individual and group in-depth studies of the areas chosen as pilot areas for the project planning activities.
The two following modules will be carried out in parallel, and will address the topic of the innovative use, in the field of design, of natural materials found in the seacoast environment and transformed through environmentally sustainable techniques, with the goal of increasing the coastal systems resilience.
2a. Design for Adaptation will address the drafting of projects for the construction of innovative and sustainable small-scale architecture for public spaces, capable of responding flexibly to the interaction between human activities and land use, in relation to environmental risk.
2b. Sustainable design from the sea will be dedicated to the creation of everyday design objects with an experimental and innovative re-use of sea and coastal natural renewable resources.
During the second week, the students – in groups or individually - will choose between the two planning scales proposed by the modules Design for Adaptation and Sustainable design from the sea and will be guided in the drafting of their projects. The last week will be dedicated to in-depth planning, which will lead to the creation of small prototypes on an appropriate scale. The classes will also include conferences and meetings with institutions and businesses, and a number of field trips to the studied areas. Teaching units will follow a coordinate structure aimed at investigating the research and project themes in a coherent and consistent way: in the first implementation phase, the data and materials necessary for a thorough knowledge of the territory will be collected, while during the later phases this in-depth knowledge and experiences will be at the base of further synthesis, re-elaboration and planning activities.
The final project may be carried out individually or in group, and will address one of the two topics proposed by the course (Design for Adaptation or Sustainable design from the sea).
Group discussions throughout the Summer School will encourage a productive exchange among students with different backgrounds, and each module will have a professor with international experience, assisted by local tutors who work with both the private and public sectors.
The students’ projects will use different languages, instruments and representational forms in order to reach innovative and effective levels of interpretation and communication.
Every student of the Summer School will be called to develop one of the themes addressed during the classes, elaborating a project proposal that may be carried out individually or in group.Faculty
Environmental engineer, specialised at the Imperial College of London, post-graduate diploma in Environmental Engineering Management at the Ecole des Mines in Paris and PhD in Climate Change at the Cà Foscari University of Venice, Alessio has been the Executive Director of the Conservatory Agency of the coast of Sardinia. Driven by a strong belief that a better understanding of ecological processes is required in order to face the challenges of socio-economic development and climate change, he deals with the formulation of strategic development strategies for Integrated Coastal Zone Management.Maria Pina Usai
Attracted by the dynamics of interaction between landscape, architecture, art and society, she works in the field of strategic planning for sustainable development of territory and integrated planning for the rehabilitation of architectural heritage in coastal areas. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with the Conservatory Agency of the coast of Sardinia, developing projects in the Mediterranean basin aimed at improving coastal conservation and rehabilitation. She is founder of U-BOOT research and action on landscapes with high social and environmental vulnerability, and member of MEDSEA Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation.Alessandra Guigoni
She received her PhD in Cultural anthropology at University of Siena, and a PostDoctoral fellowship at University of Cagliari. Adjunct professor at the IED Cagliari, she is Director of the book series Ciborama published by Arachne (Rome), member of Slow Food Italy, columnist for Expo 2015, writer and blogger.Pierre-Alain Croset
Gratuated in Architecture in Lausanne (EPFL), he has been Casabella editorial assistant and published many critical works on modern and contemporary architecture. He has been visiting professor at Columbia University in New York, professor and headmaster at the Technical University of Graz, Professor of Design at the Faculty of Architecture of the Turin Polytechnic. Since 2015 he is professor of architecture and director of the Department of Architecture Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.Daniela Ducato
Born in Guspini, Sardinia, she is the creator of "Edilana Greenhouse CO2.0", which produces high-tech building materials using the surplus of vegetal, animal or mineral derivatives from production cycles and usually disposed of as waste. She received the New Urbanism Award in New York for the project of a 'green area butterfly-friendly and biodiversity-oriented, and the Eu Win Prize in Stockholm as Best European innovator in eco-friendly section.Manuela Puddu
Graduated in Engineering-Architecture in Cagliari, she is specialized in urban planning and coastal and territorial analysis for the development of sustainable tourism. She is an expert in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, sustainable tourism practices and social-economic analysis focusing on local development.Giampietro Tronci
Graduated in Engineering at the University of Cagliari, he is the founder of Barega, leader in Sardinia for the practices of sustainable building with natural and local materials. He's also supervisor for environmental engineering EDIZERO, architecture of peace.Monica Saba
She is a farmer, breeder of local goats and Sardinian black sheep, connoisseur of local herbs, cosmetics and agro products for personal wellbeing, realized thanks to the generous sea surplus, for a simple and healthy lifestyle choice.Alessandra Guigoni
She received her PhD in Cultural anthropology at University of Siena, and a PostDoctoral fellowship at University of Cagliari. Adjunct professor at the IED Cagliari, she is Director of the book series Ciborama published by Arachne (Rome), member of Slow Food Italy, columnist for Expo 2015, writer and blogger.An International Network
As a school with an international vocation, the Istituto Europeo di Design welcomes students with different nationalities and cultures to all its campuses. Some 2,000 foreign students – primarily from the Far East, Central and South America and Europe – enrol in its courses every year. To date, the IED has trained students from about 100 different countries.