2009 was celebrated by the European Community as the "European Year of Creativity and Innovation" to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development.
The Summer School fosters those who believe that imagination should have a central role in education, an opportunity to address creativity and implement a design language based on freedom and fantasy. The educational format follows the traditions settled by Leonardo and more recently referred to the contemporary reality of the "polytechnic culture", to the "creative writing" by Gianni Rodari and to Italo Calvino's imagination; the format follows the lesson coming from Bruno Munari who wondered "if it is possible to code fantasy and if it can be improved trough a series of exercises!".
The 2010 summer school is the sixth edition of an international programme in creativity and design based on two modules, the first in France (Paris) and the second in Italy (Matera, a Unesco site).
The programme is dedicated to the quality of people's lives by teaching and practising timeless and ecological ways of thinking and designing and building.
It is a programme that provides a unique opportunity to investigate the ideas that have most profoundly shaped the historic cities of Europe and are likely to powerfully shape the cities of the future. The critical investigation and the creative thinking are now recognized as essential to the design and stewardship of a sustainable contemporary built environment that facilitate civilized community life over the very long term without exhausting the resources; this can only be achieved optimally at the urban scale. Paris and Matera offer an abundance of object lessons illustrating both the promise and the challenges of constructing a sustainable city for the future.
"I took part in the last two summer school
editions, that where held in Bologna,
Morciano di Romagna and London. Now
I'm going to join the third one..."
""The Summer School was the perfect
opportunity to learn to draw and design
beautiful and sustainable places. Students
from all over the world met and shared
The educational programme is delivered by teachers and experts from: Politecnico di Milano, University of Basilicata, University of Bologna, University of Notre Dame - Rome Studies Programme, International Network of Traditional Building, Arts & Urbanism (Londra) and INTBAU Italia.
The aim is to introduce participants to the issues of creativity in the fields of architectural drawing, urban and interior design in order to gain skills for the 21st century's challenges.
The programme, under the direction of Giuseppe Amoruso from Politecnico di Milano - School of Design and Antonio Conte from Università degli Studi della Basilicata, gives the group of 25 participants the opportunity to improve their technique of surveying, analyzing, and depiction too. It also allows them to explore classical interior design, historic centres documentation and sustainable urban design practice.
The contents address the following topics:
The Summer School is more than just an architectural experience. It is also a group therapy, a real life experience for everyone involved. The scheduled activities, integrated with visits, private tours, movie shows, walking and drawing sessions, exercises about color perception and color design, exercises in a Japanese pocket album and in A3 sketchbook, and special lectures about architecture, urban design and interiors, have the further purpose of understanding principles of urban design, the coding of public spaces and traditional architecture.
Activities will be performed in English.
Credits and evaluation
Drawings and projects will be evaluated during a public exhibition and conference by an International Jury. The academic board will award participants with a participation certificate that gives the opportunity to obtain ECTS credits.
Scholarships are available, under request and after the CV evaluation, but the payment by Swift is requested by 15 April, 2010.
Admission and fee
Enrolment: €300, Accommodation: €1500
The cost of the programme, includes a fifteen-night stay (accommodation in Paris per 7 nights & accommodation in Matera per 7 nights), enrolment and organizazion fees, educational activities in english and italian, a tourbook, a welcome kit, drawing materials, private tours, special events, lectures, travelcards and train tickets.
Airport transfers in France and in Italy and flights are not included in the cost of the programme.
Candidates are invited to submit (a 150 dpi pdf format is kindly requested) at email@example.com:
Application deadline: 10 May, 2010
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