From Stonehenge to Greek temples, architecture is the signature of humankind on landscape, the artificial element that has always been connected to the natural environment. Architecture and landscape are linked by a fundamental continuity that is now starting to fade, damaging the quality of the space we dwell.
More than ever today, landscape is a precious heritage that architecture can and must enhance, while protecting it to pass it on to future generations:
architects shall not give up on working on landscape, instead, they should be able to design architectures that respond to each landscape’s specific feature and generates wonderful and unique spaces.
The “Architecture for Landscape” course was created on these premises: it aims at training designers who are able to meet the diverse needs of transforming territories, enforcing an attentive and productive dialogue with the surrounding landscape to respond to the needs of prestigious clients in outstanding contexts. Through a thorough analysis of the natural world, light and geomorphological features of terrains, the designers will become more and more able to reconnect human design to the natural environment and be inspired by landscape to design outstanding, sustainable, and impressive architectures.
The course will be made up of 80 hours of lessons, a 32-hour workshop, and multiple lectures by well-renowned professional architects. At the end of the course, YACademy Placement office will guarantee each student a proposal for an internship/collaboration within the partner studios.
15 In person
18.9.2023 - 24.11.20233 days/week
January 2024 - March 2024
2,450 € + VATOnline
7,900 € + VATIn person
3Full coverage of the enrollment fee for the most outstanding candidates
Theories and history of landscapeHistorical and artistic itinerary on the evolution of landscape concept
The garden siteManagement and realization of green areas
Botanics for designDrawing design inspiration from plants
Extreme ArchitectureThe mountains’ teaching, remote places and impossible building sites
Climate ChangeFuture scenarios and mechanisms of transformation of environment and landscape
The landscape projectBuilding the places
Sustainable designingPrinciples of sustainability and bio-architecture
Newtech for SustainabilityTrends ans innovation in sustainable architecture
The co-existence of speciesUnderstanding and protection of biodiversity
Protecting landscapeThinking with trees
Art and natureContemporaneity compares with places
Climate Positive LandscapeProtocols and methodologies for reduction of anthropic footprint
Fondazione Renzo Piano
Balance and relation between built landscape and natural landscape
Architecture, technology and landscape
Shaped by the surroundings: The Whale
Underwater landscape: Under
NYC in green: the High Line
A new green island in NY: Little Island
Architecture becomes a path: Camp Adventure Forest Tower
Design with bamboo: scenarios and charm from Indonesia
Arcari Quarry: the anthropic landscape as performative stage
At the extreme northern border of Tuscany, the marble caves of Carrara are a place beyond words. A place that smells of mountains and sea, where the huge steps generated by human activity create a metaphysical, almost immaterial landscape, made up of voids and geometries that follow the slope of the mountains, sculpting immaculate amphitheaters overlooking the sea. A context that is characterized by a very ancient tradition - the mining activity was present in remote times - became popular in 50 b.C, under the domain of Giulio Cesare. The blocks that have been used to realize most of the public buildings in Rome and numerous patrician residences arrived from the harbor of Luni. The caves have abandoned during the Barbarian invasions that stopped the anthropic activity on the Alpi Apuane, and started to be used again for the work realized during the Medieval Cristian Age, thanks to the great masters, such as Nicola e Giovanni Pisano. These paths have been visited also by Michelangelo, who - according to tradition - used to go to the cave to personally select the blocks to realize his works that are now considered part of World Heritage: some examples are "Il David" and " La Pietà". Recently the object of a more widespread reflection concerning the definition of sustainability paradigms in relation to ever-growing mining activity, marble caves are a place that has spanned the centuries, and which more and more will need to define its role and meaning in the future.
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.
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)