APPLICATION OPEN | "The Urban Sponge IV" | Prato/Florence + Milan


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 waterways passing through the town made it a logical place to establish textile mills, which led to the eventual creation of clothing factories. The city grew on a narrow, linear urban pattern that extends 5 km. During the heyday of its productive life, the workers of Vaiano were particularly well organized to mobilize for workers’ rights, medical care (the cooperative pharmacy), and fair housing. In the 1950s they also struggled to keep their autonomy as a city; resisting being colonized, and thus compromised, by Prato. Thus there remains a strong sense of equity that in the past united the residents in old Vaiano. Today, however, things are different, there is much less employment in the factories, artisan skills are being lost, young people have been moving away, and due to globalization, many of the factories have now been abandoned, leaving significant urban holes. Using photography, video, cartography, and the tools of architecture, students will document, map, analyze and propose new design solutions for the renovation one of the most iconic and significant building of the town: the ancient mill. The idea is to try to both dramatize the current situation of Vaiano, while proposing elements and innovative solutions that might improve its urban future.



- 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)


- Certificates of Attendance: will be given to the students after the Final Presentation of the workshop


- Official Application Link (PoliMi "Passion in Action" Portal):

https://www.polimi.it/en/programmes/innovative-teaching/

- Dates:

- from Thursday 28/11 to Sunday 01/12: 4 intensive days of teamwork on the projects in Prato (ECòL) - Tuesday 03/12: Revision with TerraViva professors and tutors (PoliMi)

- Thursday 05/12: Revision with TerraViva professors and tutors (PoliMi)

- Tuesday 10/12: Revision with TerraViva professors and tutors (PoliMi)

- Thursday 12/12: Final Presentation to all the TerraViva professors (PoliMi)

- Saturday 14/12: Winners Announcement by email (no presence required)

- Program: The Official Schedule and Time-table will be released within next Thursday 17/10

- Facebook/Instagram Pages: Workshop.Terraviva


- Hosted by: "ECòL" | https://ecol.studio/work

TerraViva Competitions

Recently created as a new branch of "TerraViva", this specific section proposes a series of design competitions in line with the topics addressed by our workshops and mainly directed to architecture students, new graduates and young designers.

TACTICAL URBANISM NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the third competition of 2021. Starting from December 13th, registrations will be open until 18/03/2022.

www.terravivacompetitions.com

 UPCOMING EVENTS 

December 13th "Tactical Urbanism NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 18/03/2022; Results on 26/04/2022; Jury:  Miralles Tagliabue EMBT (Barcelona), Public City (Winnipeg), Openfabric (Rotterdam); Orizzontale (Rome); Intuy Lab (Lima); Sports (New York); Atelier Nea (Paris); OBBA (Seoul);

 

September 10th "Hangar Ticinum - A Community Hub on the River"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 10/12/2021; Results on 20/01/2022; Jury: Piuarch (Milan); TSPA (Berlin); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Operastudio (New York); Degli Esposti Architetti (Milan); Untitled Architecture (Moscow); Comune di Pavia (Pavia); Politecnico di Milano (Milan);

https://www.terravivacompetitions.com/hangar-ticinum-competition/

March 15th "The Living Museum - Micro-Architectures in the Landscape"7.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 01/08/2021; Results on 13/09/2021; Jury: Topotek1 (Berlin); Elemental Architecture (New York); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Paredes Pedrosa (Madrid); NADAAA (Boston); One O One Architects (Seoul); Nicolas Campodonico (Rosario); Studio O (Berlin);

https://www.terravivacompetitions.com/the-living-museum-competition/

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