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International Summer School


Architecture, arts and design for the valorisation of the Massaciuccoli lake in Tuscany

Massaciuccoli | August 24th – September 3rd 2017


  • University of Pisa | DESTeC | Master Degree in Architecture and Building Engineering
  • CAV | Visual Art Centre | Pietrasanta | Italy
  • Città Infinite Association | Lucca | Italy

The International Summer School starts from the awareness of the value of the Massaciuccoli Lake (Massarosa, Lucca) and its territory. As main element of characterization and unification of the micro-sites along its coasts, the Massaciuccoli Lake is the central theme of the International Summer School – 2017 Edition.

The aim is to redesign the natural, archaeological and anthropic contexts, neighbouring with a still partially untouched natural environment. Through a systemic vision, that takes into account environmental, physical, historical, cultural and socio-economic aspects, students will develop five main themes:

  • the marina, the new Lipu headquarters (currently housing a museum) and the lake nature trails with the design of new bird watching sights;
  • the connection and redevelopment of the areas of the Roman Villa of Venulei;
  • the Niquila stone quarries;
  • the San Rocchino industrial area;
  • the tourist marina near Villa Ginori.

The results, in addition to re-appropriation and safeguarding of the natural environment, will be related to the generation of new economic, touristic and manufacturing opportunities, linked to the landscape and to the surrounding territories.

The final products of the International Summer School will stimulate new possibilities for the inhabitants of the territory and, above all, of the small town of Massaciuccoli, for the small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the territory, as well as for the local institutions, in terms of contribution to improve the awareness of their own potential and wealth.

The ideas and drawings elaborated during the International Summer School will be exposed in a public exhibition.


The international Summer School is addressed to students in Architecture, Urban planning, Design, Building engineering, Art Schools and also to young professionals and artists from all EU and non EU countries.  Students in Architecture, Urban planning, Building engineering are required to have completed at least one exam both in the fields of urban planning and architectural design/composition.


  • Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua | DESTeC | University of Pisa


  • Renato Bocchi | DCP | IUAV | Venice
  • Alessandra Capanna | DiAP | La Sapienza | Rome
  • Luigi Ficacci | Superintendent for Archaeological, Fine Arts and Urban Landscaping | Lucca - Massa Carrara
  • Francesco Ghizzani Marcìa | President of the Society "Parchi Val di Cornia"
  • Vincenzo Latina | Faculty of Architecture | Catania
  • Luigi Latini | DCP | IUAV | Venice
  • Pietro Carlo Pellegrini | PietroCarloPellegrini Architect | Lucca


The Summer School has an international and multidisciplinary teaching staff, composed by architects, designers, engineers and artists. This permits to interpret the territory in a unitary way but also from different point of view, in order to offer the most complete vision of the urban matters.

Students will be assisted by a group of qualified tutors.


  • Enrico Bascherini | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Alessandra Capanna | DiAP | University “La Sapienza” of Rome
  • Ewa Karwacka | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Luca Lanini | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Roberto Pierini | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Alessandro Romanini | CAV


  • Enrico Bascherini | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Lucia Giorgetti | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Francesca Giuliani | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Stefania Landi | DESTeC | University of Pisa


  • Enrico Bascherini | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Paolo Bertoncini Sabatini| DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Cristiana Cellucci | University G. D'Annunzio Chieti-Pescara
  • Fabrizio Cinelli | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Michele Di Sivo | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Lucia Giorgetti | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Stefania Landi | DESTeC | University of Pisa
  • Michele Palermo | DESTeC | University of Pisa


The international Summer School provides 130 hours articulated in open lectures, lectio magistralis, site inspection and teamwork.

Tutors will assist the students during the site inspection, the teamwork and the laboratories.

The Summer School provides for the recognition of 6 ECTS.


FULL FEE*: 700,00 Euros (includes: accommodation, breakfast, lunch and teaching material)

REDUCED FEE*: 450,00 Euros (includes: lunch and teaching material)

*Fees are the same for Italian, EU and international students and they do not include dinners and other amenities.

Every participant is asked to take his own laptop and his favourite drawing materials; however basic drawing materials will be provided.




A minimum of 20 participants is required for the international Summer School activation.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement (average score in the exams, graduation score for post graduated applicants) and their suitability for the program, as indicated in personal statement and CV. In case of ex aequo, priority will be offered to foreign students, and according to the order of application.

Moreover, the selecting committee will give priority to students than to professionals.


The application form must be filled in in all its parts and sent by e-mail to: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.

together with a CV and a ID Document copy before July 3rd 2017.

Download the application form

Candidates will be notified of acceptance by July 6th 2017.

Selected participants have to pay the fee in full by July 13th 2017.

Participants are asked to pay by bank transfer to the account:

DESTeC – Università di Pisa
IBAN: IT 12 Y 085627091 0000011156577
Bank Name: Banca di Pisa e Fornacette Credito Cooperativo - Pisa

Causal of payment: International Summer School 2017 “The City and the Water” - Admission Fee - Name and surname of the participant

A confirmation of the wire transfer (copy of the receipt) must be submitted by e-mail to Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. within July 13th 2017**.

**If payment is not received within the specified deadline, University of Pisa will treat this as a rejection of its offer and the student will not be listed on the international Summer School.

In case the Summer School will not be activated, the amount will be refunded.


  • CAV | Fondazione Centro Arti Visive, Via dei Frati, 6 - 55045 Pietrasanta (LU)
  • “La Brilla”, Via Pietra a Padule al Sasso - 55054 Quiesa, Massarosa (LU)


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DESTeC | University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa (PI) - Italy


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