Pandemic, economic crisis, migration, and climate change: every area - from the periphery of our metropolis to the most remote tropical village - can now be defined as an “emergency context”. The United Nations - already before the pandemic cycle - estimated that the fragmentation of conflicts, combined with the effects of the economic and ecological crisis, was generating a humanitarian emergency greater than that caused by the Second World War.
In this context, the architect plays a fundamental role, because architecture responds to man’s primary needs. Finding shelter, receiving education, living healthy are rights that require “containers” in the first place, and architecture - great architecture - would be very little if limited to contexts of well-being; since man is at the center of architecture, and man, in any context, in any condition, deserves dignity and beauty.
This is why the course in Architecture for Humanity was born, to train designers who know how to compose meaningful architecture even in the most complex contexts, to bring quality where you have always designed to the bottom, beauty where you are used to not seeing it. Accustomed to designing in terms of objectives, budget, and understanding of anthropological phenomena, the designers will - instead - acquire a method that can be used in any context, capable of optimizing resources and design stimuli to produce, in any condition, a refined architectural phenomenon.
Through the study of the global scenario and the comparison with the experience of some of the most authoritative voices in the field (from the UN to representatives of the government of territories in emergency) the designers will focus on the technical and compositional strategies to be adopted in the humanitarian, social and emergency field, during 78 hours of lessons, 32 hours of workshop and numerous interventions by renowned professionals.
15 In person
11.3.2024 - 10.5.20243 days/week
June 2024 - August 2024
2,450 € + VATOnline
7,900 € + VAT *In person
3Full coverage of the enrollment fee for the most outstanding candidates
Climate changeEffects and consequences of climate change
Extreme architectureArchitecture in adverse natural environments
Architecture and the human factorThe case of Kiribati between climate emergency and local culture
Case HistorySuccessful examples of humanitarian architectures
Humanitarian associationsArchitecture and private initiative
Tradition is innovationVernacular architecture as solution for contemporary challenges
Architecture and food safetyThe cold chain and the emerging economies
Social HousingHousing emergency at a global scale
Suburbs“First World” emergency
Universal designArchitectural principles for people with disabilities
Urban resilienceInfrastructure, urban spaces and communities. The 360° approach of New York
International scenarioConflicts, migrations and climate change: the global framework of emergency architecture
Humanitarian technologiesLow-tech as a principle of social equity
Low budget designInformal architecture and participatory approach
The intervention of G124 by Renzo Piano in Modena
WASP Research Lab (Massa Lombarda)
Volontariat Home for Homeless Children: Architectural quality of a humanitarian project
Low income houses: living in Acuña, Mexico
España Library: culture and beauty in MEDELLÍN - Colombia
Beauty as a principle of justice
Public space and participatory design
School in Kiberia - mimesis and discontinuity
Refugee to citizen from day one: architecture as instrument of dignity
Kishin no Kai: the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan
Post-catastrophy planning:the eartquake in Istanbul
The workshop will be the opportunity to test the notions learned in the other didactical modules, as students are called to give strategic solutions to a real architectural project. The workshop is organized in collaboration with Women for Freedom, a humanitarian association whose aim is to offer protection and education to women and children in highly vulnerable contexts. The object of the workshop is to build a structure for the organization in Bolivia. Bolivia is one of the most affected Latin American countries by phenomena such as sexual exploitation and violence against women. In line with the other international branches of Women for Freedom, the project will include a recovery centre, where the victims of violence and abuse can find sanctuary, safety, and rehabilitation. A place with a strong symbolic value, which can become a shelter and a place of rebirth for children and women migrants, promoting the respect of their rights and a culture which puts humans at the centre. Considering the special characteristics of the context and the purpose of the structure, the workshop will be a precious opportunity for architects who will have to deal with the complex Bolivian context, the many aspects of the job of the volunteers of the association and, last but definitely not least, the stories and psychological needs of the young guests of the structure.
Students or graduates in Architecture/Design can apply to the course. The commission, based on the assessment of the application, may admit students with different qualifications.
To apply, it is necessary to register online and submit a Curriculum Vitae, a Portfolio, and a Motivational Letter. Moreover, it is necessary to pay the administration fee (60€ + VAT). The best 20 candidates will be admitted to the course according to the rules.
The administration fee payment does not bind the student to purchase the course.
By applying for the course, the students automatically become eligible to obtain a scholarship: one will be granted to each of the best 3 applicants for each course, consistently with the Selection Committee's evaluation. Therefore, it is not necessary to make specific actions to apply for a scholarship. The scholarship covers the entire enrollment fee - regardless of the type of attendance chosen -, but does not cover the administration fee (73,20€) that have to be paid in order to complete the application process successfully.
Pubblication of the provisional ranking
Beginning of second-round admissions
Enrollment fee payment deadline for students admitted according to the provisional ranking
Publication of the official ranking (including second-round admitted students)