Our theory seminar will be hosted in the medieval Palazzo Trevisan in Zattere -Venice. We will look at the phenomenon that the permanent residents of the Lagoon have been displaced by mass tourism in recent decades. What is the housing situation in Venice today and what is currently being done to create affordable housing that will allow people to feel at home in the lagoon again? We will interact with local bottom-up and participatory initiatives that reactivate vacant buildings and abandoned places, squares and islands.
In the seminar we will tackle the problem and get inspiration by visiting the Architecture Biennale and doing field research in the six sestiere and the lagoon of Venice. We will develop design proposals and concepts to support local initiatives and reclaim the city.
Analyses of the dwelling situation and urban spatial qualities, social space and informal strategies to reconstruct and revitalize the urban fabric.
Lectures by local experts, artists, art historians and activists, on-site research, mapping, drawings, design sketches, photographs, narratives.
Participants organise their own transport to Venice and accomodation in Venice. The university provides financial support for the travel costs and a list with possible accomodations.