ASSERTING THE CITY'S PUBLIC REALM: Imagining urban possibilities

ASSERTING THE CITY'S PUBLIC REALM: Imagining urban possibilities

FORMAT: 2 weeks in Venice
DATES: Monday 12 July – Friday 23 July, 2021
COVID-19 Note: ECA will do their best to realise the programme, ensures safe workshop environments according to governmental regulations. We monitor travel restrictions and advise you to book refundable travel and accommodation options. ECA reserves the right to alternate date or the format in case of travel restrictions due to the pandemic. You will receive a full refund one month before the course start date, no questions asked.

Plan A:
The course will take place as planned two weeks in Venice.

Plan B: The course will take place in Venice. Together we will find a suitable date in later 2021/ or spring 2022.

What do my course fees include?
  • Classes and tuitionStudy files / materials
  • Tickets to museums and exhibitions that are part of the schedule
  • European Cultural Centre catalogue
  • Welcome and graduation events
  • Goodie bags with a map of Venice, notebook and a pen
  • Personalised graduation certificate
  • *COURSE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE: accommodation, flights and food
    HOW TO APPLY: submit motivational letter (max. 1 page) and your CV
    Apply here
    We will review your application ad get back to you asap.
    ENROL BEFORE: June 12, 2021
    LANGUAGE: English
    Non-native speakers (English) do not require to submit a valid English test.
    LOCATION: Palazzo Michiel (Strada Nova, 4391, 30121 Campo Santi Apostoli, Venezia)
    CALL & WHATSAPP: +39 320 245 06 31
    "During the current pandemic, access to the public realm in most cities and urban centers has been closed or severely curtailed, leaving many to wonder what then are the benefits of urban life?"
    The current pandemic has stressed urban environments, accelerating or emphasizing pre-existing challenges to cities and other population centers. For example, increased availability and improved quality of digital technology, has allowed populations to move away from dense and expensive urban centers to suburban or rural environments while remaining connected to capital centers. The purpose of this 12-day urban design charrette is to examine past responses to disasters in order to develop bold and innovative proposals for the public realm. Venice, a city whose architecture and public spaces readily testify to a history of disasters, will serve as an ideal environment to study the ways that designers can meet contemporary challenges and invigorate the public life of urban environments.

    Dr Benjamin A. Bross
    Assistant Professor at the Illinois School of Architecture (ISoA)
    Benjamin grew up in Mexico in a multi-cultural environment. Currently, Benjamin is focused on the processes by which spatial production generates place-based sociocultural identity. He has published articles ranging in topics from the origin and evolution of spatial typologies, urban spaces and their evolving uses, to the increasing challenges posed to designers by digital and commercial globalization. His book, Mexico City's Zócalo: A History of a Constructed Spatial Identity (Routledge Publishers, Abingdon, UK) is forthcoming in the spring 2022.

    Before joining the ISoA, Benjamin, a licensed architect, worked professionally in various aspects of the built environment for nearly 25 years. In all, he has been involved directly in the design and construction of over 50 projects in eight countries across North America, South America and Europe. Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in History with Highest Honors from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico; a Master in Urban Design from UC Berkeley's CED; a Master in Architecture from Harvard's GSD, where he was a Graduate Student Associate at Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the UC Berkeley's CED.