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Selinunte Summer School 2013_©ARCHITECTURE 2.0


AIAC Italian Association of Architecture and Critic



September 29th/October 6th Archaeological Park Marinella di Selinunte – Sicily – Italy




The Architecture of the near future will be self-sufficient, intelligent, easy to build, and created with simple and recyclable materials. This year, for the fourth edition of the Selinunte Summer School, we will be trying to realize these ideas in our projects. We will be working on self-sufficient architectural objects that don t need electricity, which connect to the cloud, which provide information online, which can be made of simple materials, such as cardboard, and in which light plays a leading role. We will create outdoor equipment which will be useful for the Archaeological Park of Selinunte. This equipment will use smart technology, sustainability and information systems.

A Response to e-QBO: ARCHITECTURE 2.0

This year s Selinunte Summer School was inspired by the great success of the e-QBO structure. This architecture, designed by the italian architect Romolo Stanco, was built for the Archaeological Park during the third edition of the meeting ai???Architects meet in Selinunteai??? in June 2013. It is an off-grid architectural structure able to collect energy from renewable sources and return them as Park facilities. In this year s Selinunte Summer School, Romolo Stanco will hold an introductory lesson to explain the characteristics of the project and it s potential.

The seven workshops ai???Architecture 2.0ai??? will be the answer to this challenge.

The Selinunte Summer School 2013 will be divided into seven distinct workshops which will each address architectural themes from different perspectives and using different methods:

– Self-build

– Digital

– Low-Tech

– Sustainability

– Parametric

– Lighting

– Photography

Each participant may attend only one workshop, which will be chosen at the time of registration. Nevertheless there will be the opportunity to interact with colleagues taking part in the other workshops and to establish an ongoing dialogue with them. In addition, conferences will be held by architects and experts who form an integral part of the school. There will also be constant connection with Romolo Stanco, creator of e-QBO, for technical support in the design process.



ai???Small is beautiful!ai??? a minimum self-build housing model. This workshop will focus on the idea of the minimal housing cell. Simple to construct, designed for long and short term stays, these units can be built in isolation or in series with other cells. The project will consider the various technologies available today and how to implement these in different environmental contexts. The construction system should be simple enough to make the assembly possible by unqualified personnel. All of the projects developed during the workshop will be made in scale models.

Tutor: Cibicworkshop, http://www.cibicworkshop.com/



How does the concept of the minimal inhabitable module change, in light of the prevalent connectivity and monitoring of the environment provided by new technologies? The ability to have knowledge of the environmental scenarios around us and to act on them, expands the limits of the traditional space: nature is no longer an element from which we must defend ourselves, but instead an interlocutor which can inform our architectural decisions. This is minimal architecture, of low formal definition, but “increased” by the possibility of interaction with the surrounding world.

Tutor: Walter Nicolino, carlorattiassociati – walter nicolino & carlo ratti, http://www.carloratti.com



Designing a “minimal architecture” related to energy production in Stand-Alone mode. The topics to be addressed will be: easy – quick implementation, the ability to contain costs, the use of material and techniques with low technological content, and the ability to integrate this in fragile areas such as archaeological parks or areas with a high level of protection.

Tutor: ARCA?, http://www.ar-co.org



Following on from the success of the “SunBloc house”, winner of the Riba silver medal 2011/2012, the workshop will focus on the development of the issues it raises. Sunbloc is designed as a flexible construction system. Initially conceived as an extension of private dwellings, the prototype is easily reconfigurable. It is light, cheap, easy to build, customizable and has a very low environmental impact.

Tutor: Claudio Lucchesi, Studio UFO, http://www.urbanfuture.org



The workshop will initiate participants to this approach to design, of great potential in the near future. They will be made aware of the possibilities and of the various developments in the use of parametric modeling software such as Grasshopper. This year the workshop will delve deeper into parametric design and “low cost” digital fabrication and will culminate with the physical realization of a scale model pavilion. There will also be close contact with the photography workshops with regards to photo framing techniques and creating a three-dimensional model.

Tutor: Massimo Russo, http://www.massimorusso.it



The workshop will be divided into two parts: the first will give support to the other design workshops, through the development of the lighting project, and will be investigating the relationship between artificial and natural light in architecture. The second part will involve experimenting with simple lighting instruments on site with the aim of analyzing its architectural properties.

Tutor: Filippo Cannata, http://www.cannatalight.it/



The photography workshop aims to teach the basic techniques of architectural photography. Furthermore, this year, it will be in close contact with the Parametric workshop: firstly it will look at photography as a means of creating a virtual image of an architectural project before it is materialized (using unbiased software). Then, it will examine how to photograph the realization of projects and the architectural models.

Tutor: Moreno Maggi, http://www.morenomaggi.com/


Pratical Information


Firstly pre-register via e-mail by September 16th by sending in your CV attached to maximum 2 pages at: infoworkshop@presstfactory.com.

Following a confirmation e-mail from the staff, the applicant must make register by payment (by bank transfer) of the registration fee plus the annual membership to the Association of Italian Architecture And Criticism. Payment must be made no later than September 21st.

Package 1: “Eat & Stay”: 400 ( 350 + 50 Euros for membership to the Association of Italian Architecture and Criticism).

Package 2: ai???Only Eatai???: 300 ( 250 + 50 Euro for membership to the Association of Italian Architecture and Criticism).


Special registration by July 31st:

For those who apply for registration before July 31st there will be a 15% discount with payment before the 3rd of August.

Tutors and program of the Selinunte Summer School can be modified. All the changes will be promptly communicated to the participants.


For More Information

Contact people: Marta Atzeni +393343865341, Simona Tiracchia +393483537595

mail: infoworkshop@presstfactory.com website: http://presstletter.com/

Director of the Selinunte Summer School: Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi

Responsible: Anna Baldini

Coordination: Zaira Magliozzi

Scientific Committee: Anna Baldini, Rosario Cusenza, Caterina Greco, Giovanni Miceli, Orazio La Monaca, Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi

Institutional Partners: CAM campus archaeological museum, the Sicilian Region: Department of Culture and Sicilian Identity, Department of Culture and Identity Sicily, Selinunte Archaeological Park and Cave di Cusa “Vincenzo Tusa” and areas Archaeological Castelvetrano, Campobello di Mazara and neighboring municipalities, the City of Castelvetrano Selinunte, Order of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists of the Province of Trapani.

Media Partner: RECITY magazine


Press Office Aiac: Roberta Melasecca +393494945612 uffstampaaiac@presstletter.com

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