Exploring Rome: Urban regeneration through heritage and nature

This workshop takes place in Rome, Italy. During this workshop we will address how the contemporary city is built upon heritage and natural elements in Rome and its surroundings. 

We will visit and inhabit spaces where urban heritage from the Antiquity to the 21st century has been reactivated and turned into a common good. A special attention will be put on how heritage can be the point of departure for sharing the city. What constitutes urban heritage? What history is recognized as legitimate? How can built heritage allow nature to take place? How do we design to allow a sustainable coexistence of built heritage and nature?

Picture1Together with international artists, architects, scholars, and the local community in Rome, we will experiment on how to document, understand, and communicate an urban reality. The workshop will include walks, lectures, field work, and a collective final restitution on site.

During the course introduction online Tuesday 14 June, students will receive maps, readings and films in order to prepare the workshop on site in Rome. The on-site workshop starts 20 June and ends 3 July. 

Students registered in the workshop on-site in Rome will be hosted by other local cultural organizations and will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs in affordable accommodation. In case of travel restrictions due to the pandemic, the course will be offered only in the online version. The workshop is organized in collaboration with Circolo Scandinavo and Stalker/Noworking.

Online version

Students who are not able to attend the workshop on site in Rome will have the opportunity to register for an online version of the course. Lectures, seminars, and tutorials will be offered via Zoom to allow the development of an individual research project. 

Responsible teacher:
Marie Kraft, lecturer at Umeå School of Architecture

Visiting teachers:
Matteo Locci, architect and artist, MA architecture University Rome 3, PhD Art Academy, Bourges
Johannes Luchmun, architect, MA architecture Chalmers university and EPFL Lausanne