MASTER RESILIENT SPACES (M.RS)
EXTREME URBAN THERAPIES FOR RECOVERY, TRANSFORMATION, AND ADAPTATION
Our society is in transition with multiple and complex challenges, Climate Change, Humanitarian Emergencies, Pandemic, Social Inequality, Neoliberalism, Human Migration, Population Growth. These Global Challenges are beyond the national frontiers, and should be dealt with in an holistic perspective of international and inter-institutional cooperation. The M.RS starts by a fundamental question: What can Architecture and Planning do in this new global context?
Online-course + Workshop in Venice + Internship and thesis
The Postgraduate Master course Resilient Spaces creates an innovative professional profile with skills and tools in the field of urban recovery, transformation and adaptation following climatic, social and economic crises. The courses will focus on: planning, architecture, urban design, cross-cultural understanding and community engagement while allowing students to work with local communities, governments and multiple professional figures in an interdisciplinary framework.
Courses x 3 – c1 c2
This module considers general introduction of the global challenges and a set of tools with which the participants in the master could face the needs of the design and projects requirement in the current times.
The goal of this module is that each student could include in his/her background a series of useful procedures, which could be adequate as a system of analysis.
A reflection about the International cooperation system and the evolution of architecture in relation to humanitarian emergencies and climate crisis in a global perspective; theory and practice.
This first module explains how is the situation in an emergency space or in a city under climate pressure, as well as the normal difficulties and problems that a professional could find in the first response or early recovery.
C1 – GLOBAL CHALLENGES
General approach about evolution of humanitarian emergencies, Climate changes, and Pandemic, and the International response. This module is the presentation of the general situation and the current challenges of our planet. International law, first actions on the field, involvement of architecture and planning in this matters, Introduction and theory of architecture, Division of Humanitarian emergencies, Impact of physical response in humanitarian emergencies, International cooperation and law, Resilience and New professional roles.
C2 – ICT and MAPPING
Dedicated to the use of new technologies and remote sensing systems for territorial analysis. The module will provide the necessary training for the operations of representation and cartography then used across the entire master.
C3 – LOCAL SOCIO ECONOMIC DYNAMICS
The module will provide training to students in the study of economic and social dynamics and conflicts of a territorial system. The module will allow to develop an orientating interpretation for better building back processes.
Courses x 3 – c4 c5 c6
This module focuses in the spectrum of reconstruction, recovery and adaptation design. The module is dedicated to teach precise techniques for reducing local risks by community engagement. The module starts with the small-scale reconstruction of buildings, then explains techniques of community engagement and empowerment, and ends with methods for the regeneration of entire complex urban areas. The module will teach how to promote in regeneration the development of urban spaces mixed and adaptable, avoiding exclusive uses, to increase local resilience.
C4 – RECONSTRUCTION
This course focuses on the reconstruction and transformation of a place after the catastrophe.
The aim is to teach techniques of architectural design, shape and fabric composition for the reduction of local risk.
C5 – INVOLVEMENT AND EMPOWERMENT
The course will focus on techniques for involving and supporting local communities in the development of resilient practices. This module is the turning point between a phase in which the technician is called to use his skills directly, and one in which the technician is the promoter of collective processes. In order to accomplish these activities, particular expertise and knowledge of non-improvised methods are required, we will see which are to be preferred in post-emergency scenarios.
C6 – URBAN DESIGN UNDER PRESSURE
Designing a resilient urban space means understanding social, environmental and economic pressures and conflicts. Complexity in planning and design is a robust tool for resilience. This module will teach students an urban design technique capable of dealing with local pressures. The module will teach how to develop local tailor-based projects, open to evolution and able to change elastically accepting pressure as a source of growth and improvement.
Courses x 3 – c7 c8 c9
Climate Change, Civil wars and social conflicts as well as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, need long processes of mitigation and adaptation, ideally connected to reconstruction, and to the early recovery. On these actions the multiple elements, which affect the planning, makes us focus on the process more than on the final result, because the most probably is that we will not be able to control totally all the multiple processes around. This means that our actions should be address to define urban or architectural strategies, which could increase the resilience of a community as well to the specific project.
C7 – REGENERATION MODELS
The design of local regeneration processes must be developed according to the particular context of the intervention. Different situations could present different conflicts, possibility, risks and planning cultures. This module will teach how to propose and develop the most suitable regeneration model starting from the context analysis.
C8 – LOCAL ECONOMY RECOVERY
The regeneration of urban fabric and citizenship practices has no force if it is not accompanied by a radical economic repositioning of the territory. The module will teach how to understand and propose a redesign of local economic actors and processes.
C9 – CLIMATE PROOFING
The last module will teach how to consider climate issues in every scenario and in every project. The module, which will close the remote itinerary, will allow the students to refine the proposals making them able to dialogue with a changing climate.
WORKSHOP IN VENICE
Final Two Weeks Workshop in Venice
The workshop is the last activity that concludes the Master Resilient Spaces program. The workshop will be held in Venice in the Ca Tron building on the grand canal and will see all the participants in the Master working together to finalize a proposal for their final thesis. The workshop will be completed with a series of lectures of international experts in the field of architectural design, planning, climate change and humanitarian emergencies. The lectures allow to interact directly with highly skilled professionals while being a social experience for the whole group of students.