ICOMOS Call for papers / Appel à communications

Call for papers: Heritage and Landscape as Human Values

On behalf of ICOMOS Italy and the Scientific Committee for the Symposium, ICOMOS has the pleasure of launching the call for papers for the Scientific Symposium which will take place in Florence, Italy, on the occasion of the 18th ICOMOS General Assembly, from 10 to 14 November 2014, on the theme : “ Heritage and Landscape as Human Values” .

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Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2014

For more information on the 18th General Assembly  
(further practical information will be posted in early 2014)

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Appel à communications: Patrimoine et paysages en tant que valeurs humaines

Au nom d’ICOMOS Italie et du Comité scientifique du symposium, ICOMOS a le plaisir de lancer l’appel à communications pour le Symposium scientifique qui se tiendra à Florence, en Italie, à l’occasion de la 18e Assemblée générale de l’ICOMOS, du 10 au 14 novembre 2014 sur le thème:« Patrimoine et paysages en tant que valeurs humaines » .

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Date limite pour les résumés: 31 janvier 2014 

Pour plus d’informations sur la 18e Assemblée générale 
(des plus amples informations pratiques seront mis en ligne début 2014) 

Pour plus d’informations : 

  • Secretariat scientifique du Symposium et adresse pour les résumés: GA2014-Symposium@icomos.org
  • Pour des informations générales sur la 18e Assemblée générale: 18ICOMOS2014@gmail.com

Course of restoration of Historic Parks and Gardens

Notice is hereby given that ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, School of Specialization in Architectural Heritage and Landscape for the study and restoration of monuments, activated for the academic year 2013-2014 a COURSE OF RESTORATION OF HISTORIC PARKS AND GARDENS. This course is alternative but legally equivalent to the traditional course of restoration of monuments (Architectural Heritage and Landscape).

The cultural void and the delay presently existing in Italy in the field of restoration of historic gardens, as opposed to a general European and world situation, gave rise to the idea of setting up a research and dissemination activity; actually, in Italy, historic gardens, both public and private, are neglected or have improper or even dangerous restorations. The awakening of interest in the art of gardens that occurred in Italy since the 80’ of the last century (Carta del Restauro dei giardini storici di Firenze) was not enough to fill the gap, since the initiatives that followed, although in several cases have been of a certain value, have had a different character from that proposed in the present course, since they were focused on the training of a labor or on the modern garden design, neglecting the historical garden theme and its restoration at a professional level. Therefore, considering the large and quality Italian heritage of historic parks and gardens to be protected, the above mentioned cultural void, recognized abroad as in Italy, appears today absolutely serious.

The course has a theoretical and practical character. For this reason specific programs combining past and present, theory and praxis have been developed, thanks to a preliminary work of analysis and synthesis for each disciplines, and then developing a kind of teaching where learning passes through the experience.

The project of restoration of an historic garden will be learn by the student not only through classroom lessons, but also through direct experience, expounding questions, and trying, with the help of teachers, the answers to many problems that will occur along the course. The teaching does not take place by means of seminars (to be used only for specific objectives), but through lectures (theoretical and practical), based on a predetermined schedule.

The structural form and the didactics of the course is therefore carefully planned, but the content and the didactic substance are such to safeguard the freedom of the creative and critical faculties of the students in the relationship between the knowledge and the choices for the restoration plan.

For further information, please visit http://w3.uniroma1.it/speciarestauro/
School secretariat : enza.biamonte@uniroma1.it and carla.tozzi@uniroma1.it

tur(i)ntogreen International Student Design Competition


tur(i)ntogreenis an International design competition launched by the  Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries(CRD-PVS) at the Politecnico di Torino(Italy).
With a  distinguished  jury and sponsored by the UN-HABITAT within the “I’m a City Changer” campaign, it is open to University students from around the world. Participants are invited to apply their creative talents in developing new multidisciplinary solutions for sustainable and inclusive cities reflecting on new forms of urban management and regeneration through agro – housing and urban – farming models.
Imagine a neighbourhood that connects the city withthe fields not only physically but also from the cultural, philosophical and environmental perspective. This will be the agriculture and food production district in Turin (Italy), where people  will be living in a  farmingoriented urban realm.
One narrow area of the FIAT, one of the biggest carfactory of the World, in the Mirafiori plant, devoted to production stock parking, has been working as a second barrier to the expansion and integration of the South Mirafiori neighbourhood with the City. Now it has the chance to provide
Turin with a new model of urban life. Dwellings integrated with food production, in traditional (surface field) or innovative (vertical)
models; housing for low income people and immigrants, with agricultural skills; spaces, services and features to let younger generation to reinvent their own way to work; urban farming that opens to a new economy, including education, documentation, food retail, agricultural and zoo-technical services.
The massive global economical transformations, the  redistribution of wealth and rights, new places and methods of production in goods and services aretransforming the boundaries of the contemporary cities; the fragile balance between rural areas and urban settlements is quickly evolving. Younger generations from the rural areas  in the whole world continue moving into the cities, claiming the right to share the benefits supplied by joint services, wealth and employment, peculiarities of the city even if they imply unacceptable life conditions. This has already led to an
increase in urban population that generates the demand for new architectural solutions that must cover for the new figures ensuring dignity and integrated living conditions.
Where(45°1’30.71″N, 7°36’22.92″E)
Turin – the Italian  motownof the 20th century – got to know these phenomena very well. In more than one situation of recent Italian history this city has been the home for many people and families coming from other sides of the Country. Between 1963 and 1965, South Mirafiori neighbourhood had been the first area selected to become a massive social housing development and urban expansion, with 1 million of cubic meters and a total of 2000 apartments in 35 high rise buildings.Just on the other side of the road the biggest Italian car factory plant – FIAT Mirafiori – was employing 80.000 people. Today the neighbourhood and the social housing dwellings – mainly owned by users now – are no more sustainable in terms of maintenance costs; apartments were given to people according to the members of their families differently from the contemporary model; the entire neighbourhood was designed as a living and working system together, in the 60’s in Turin represented by the FIAT factories in Mirafiori and Rivalta Torinese. The neighbourhood overall population is decreased from 20.000 to 6.000 and FIAT has around 10.000 employees.
On one side energy costs and environmental issues,  property values and building quality, unemployment, new global manufacturing scenarios; on the other hand the environmental features, the local ongoing projects, the community activities and the urban strategies for the western Turin
make South Mirafiori an extremely high potential urban district in terms of social and economic development still to be explored.

Web site – http://www.polito.it/turintogreen
Email – info@turintogreen.org
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/turintogreen
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/turintogr


Italian Landscape Architecture Course – University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy





The University for Foreigners of Perugia offers you a full immersion programme on Italian landscape architecture.
10 days to be spent in Umbria, to fully understand the structure of the Italian landscape, to visit the lush Umbrian gardens in magical atmospheres of music and literature and to acquire a deeper knowledge of the Italian language and culture.
Further details at http://www.unistrapg.it/en/node/2227

For further information:
Simonetta Farinelli
International Relations Office
University for Foreigners of Perugia
E-mail: relint@unistrapg.it
Tel: +39 075 5746243