"The Urban Sponge IV" Workshop Results | TerraViva @ Vaiano

Vaiano is a linear city, although with only 10,000 inhabitants it is closer to the scale of a village.

During the post WWII period the town created many collective structures in solidarity with the working population and enjoyed a 40-year period of prosperity in competition with Prato. Due to globalization, new methods of working clothes, and labor issues, the local industrial sector underwent severe structural changes during the last 30 years, leading to precipitous decline and the closure of many factories.

While this has damaged the local economy, such a crisis might also be considered as a great opportunity to rethink local ecology—perhaps creating an interdependence of economy/ecology, terms that derive from the same root word oikos.

Terra Viva Workshops would like to create a few scenarios for the creative reuse of Vaiano’s urban fabric and natural resources. The town is set in a narrow valley, engulfed by intense natural features, either pine forests or olive terraces. Along the course of the Bisenzio River, Vaiano possesses at least 15 large industrial sites that are either abandoned or under-used. The river was Vaiano’s first source of energy and in the modern period its main site for dumping effluents, creating an ambivalent relationship.


Marta Copetti, Eleonora Zepponi, Denis Tantsyura


Giulia De Matteis, Alice Giordano, Meltem Ozbek


Defne Narsap, Mona El Koussa, Samuel Torre


Alara Kutlu, Merve Meric Ercan, İmge Düzgün

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! The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the first competition of 2020. Starting from June 15th, registrations will be open until November 29th.



May 16th   "Milano Arch Week"

11:00 am - 7:00 pm Digital Marathon with a series of online Open Lectures by:  Petra Blaisse (Biblioteca degli Alberi); Peter Eisenman (Residenze Carlo Erba); Bjarke Ingels (CityLife); Rem Koolhaas (Fondazione Prada); Daniel Libeskind (CityLife); Patrik Schumacher – Zaha Hadid Architects (City Life); Kazuyo Sejima – SANAA (Campus Bocconi).


May 25th  "Milano Digital Week"

Online Edition | 25/05 - 30/05


June 5th  "Il Futuro degli Spazi Pubblici", 6:00 pm | Open Lecture




July 1st  "Tactical Urbanism Now! - The Reappropriation of Public Space" | TerraViva Competition #1

"Early" Registration Open from 15/06/2020 to  15/09/2020


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Recent Updates:

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, TerraViva Workshop has postponed all the programmed activities until January 1st 2021

Didactic ProgramDirector:

Richard Ingersoll

Scientific Coordination and Organization:

Eugenia Bolla

Stefano Lardera

Teaching Assistants:

Toufic Rifai

Matteo Pettinaroli

Omar Rota