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International architecture and urban design workshop
21 September - 25 September 2016
La Biennale Archittetura di Venezia 2016: “Reporting from the Front”
Titled "Reporting from the Front," this year's Biennale will be an investigation into the role of architects in the battle to improve the living conditions for people all over the world. The theme aims to focus on architecture which works within the constraints presented by a lack of resources, and those designs which subvert the status quo to produce architecture for the common good - no matter how small the success.
In this project you are going to translate the theme and focus of this years Biennale into a concrete design.
A small island known primarily for fishing and tourism has become an unwitting player in a tragic and ongoing crisis in the Mediterranean. Since the early 2000s, Lampedusa, the European territory closest to Libya, has become a prime transit point for irregular immigrants from Africa, the Middle East and Asia wanting to enter Europe. As the southern most point in Italy, Lampedusa has received the brunt of a migrant tide that carried around 250,000 people from Africa to Europe. Some 3,500 died or went missing along the way.
The Temporary Permanence Centre' (CPT) of Lampedusa, which was designed to accommodate 400, currently holds about 1,200 migrants. There is also a centre for women and children – a converted American army base built during World War II that contains approximately 200 refugees – and another centre for older minors, which also houses around 200 or 300 souls. About 5,000 to 6,000 immigrants live outside the holding structures. The appalling conditions in which the refugees are accommodated no, not do justice to the hospitable nature which characterizes the identity of the island of Lampedusa. The most isolated island in the Mediterranean, which consists only of rocks and a small village is poor and can’t offer the refugees what they need. There is no playground and no hospital on Lampedusa. The 6,000 people who live here, must import both their drinking water and the teacher of the only high school.
Till now there is no vision or strategic approach for the development the island. On a smaller scale there is no reception area that is particularly designed to address the needs and specific vulnerabilities of people arriving at Lampedusa.
Define a strategic vision on the spatial development of the island. Use that vision to make an urban design plan for a new reception area (buildings and public space/ landscape) that is designed to address the needs and specific vulnerabilities of people arriving at Lampedusa, in particular their medical and mental health needs, accommodation, education and social activities.
Wednesday 21.09 participants arrive
Thursday 22.09 field trip and lectures
Friday 23.09 working is groups
Saturday 24.09 presentation of concepts
Sonday 25.09 departure participants
Registration fee is 280 EUR.
included: group accomodation for 4 nights (21 -25 sept)
dinner from Wednesday until Saturday
Participating students of other Universities will receive 2 credits
this workshop is also part of the expedition REPORTING FROM THE FRONT: WELCOME TO LAMPEDUSA