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December 2, 2019

Cities are the Problem / Cities are the Solution.

In the transition to sustainable cities, the large-scale transformations, such as the recent works at Porta Nuova and City Life in Milan, are pitched to multinational interests more than to local ones. If they include su...

November 29, 2019

Molino Bardazzi belongs to the heritage of last century’s productive buildings in Vaiano. The current structure was built in the 1940’s, but the presence of the mill in this area dates to before 1919, when it was bought by Bardazzi Family. Today, the flour production o...

November 14, 2019

Photo Credits © Eugenio Chironna

November 13, 2019

I would like to begin with a picture of an artistic installation, the shrouding of the historic gateway of Porta Venezia, created for Design Week in April 2019 by the Ibrim Mahata from Ghana. It is a fine example of parasitical practice, the material coming from gunny...

November 2, 2019

Visiting Professors invited by the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering open their classes for the ARCHILECTURES series, a program of fifteen talks on their work, their thinking and their research. 

Open Lecture by professor Richard Ingersoll: ...

October 28, 2019

- Applications at:  workshop.terraviva@gmail.com

- Location:  "ECòL" Studio (Via Pistoiese n.138, Prato) + Politecnico di Milano (Campus Leonardo)

- Credits:  4  (Extracurricular Credits ONLY | Published on the Diploma Supplement)

- Certifi...

October 24, 2019

Eco-City Study tour: "Sustainable Trentino":

Trentino is both the wealthiest and the most sustainable region in Italy. This workshop comprises a study tour of places and projects that offer the most interesting interventions in Italy for lowering carbon emissions. The g...

October 20, 2019

"Plug-in For Rehab" | TerraViva WS01 Final Exhibition | 20.10.19

From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm the Plug-in architecture's ideas designed and built during "Plug-in 4 Rehab" workshop will be exhibited in "Hangar Nord" at M^C^O.

Workshop informations below:
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October 18, 2019

"Plug-In 4 Rehab" | TerraViva + AIDA Atelier Competition

The first part of the workshop has taken place at Politecnico di Milano (Campus Leonardo) and it has been developed as a "Design Workshop" organized as a sort of "Internal Competition": students have been divided...

October 9, 2019

Prato/Vaiano: Old Equities - New Opportunities.

For this 3rd  TerraViva Workshop 2019/20 we will be considering Vaiano, a small town of 10,000 inhabitants, 15 km north of Prato. Vaiano is set in a beautiful natural environment, a heavily forested valley, where the water...

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Our Soil, Our Commons,  Our Future

A new vision for Planetary Citizenship 


“Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel, and our shelter and surround us with beauty.

Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it”


From  Vedas Sanskrit Scripture

1500 BC


November 2019 "The Urban Sponge IV", TerraViva  Workshop n° 3, PoliMi  +  Earth Service  +  ECòL  +  Chì-nà

February 2020 "Tactical Urbanism II", TerraViva Workshop n° 4, PoliMi  + Earth Service  +  Needle 

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Workshop Fee: 170 €  each 

+ Extra Expenses for WS organized outside Milan


Credits: 4 (Extra-curricular Credits ONLY, Published on the Diploma Supplement) required attendance 1 WS



Richard Ingersoll


Scientific Coordination and Organization:

Arian Heidari Afshari

Eugenia Bolla

Stefano Lardera



Toufic Rifai

Aleša Metka Micacchi




Politecnico di Milano, Leonardo, via Ampère 2, Milano, MI 20133