Thursday, 12 October 2017 to Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Seminari e convegni

VILLARD:19 _ Alcamo Marina: Reconstructing The Coastal Landscape


From 1999, Villard is an architectural travelling seminar happening each year that sees, in collaboration with other cultural institutions, selected Italians and foreign schools of architecture: universities of Alghero, Ascoli Piceno, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Paris Malaquais, Patras, Pescara, Reggio Calabria, Rome, Venice and Ancona.

By a selection for excellence, 10 students of each university will be admitted. The aim of the seminar is to design in a specific area proposed by public administrations. For this reason the seminar is strictly related to the complexity of each specific territory. The design area will be presented at the beginning of the seminar. Participants can work on the design area during the year, developing their projects step by step through the seminar meeting. Travel is the most important activity of the seminar, a tool to understand cities.

Professors of each university will organise for the seminar several activities related to the workshop, such as, lectures, conferences, guided tours and exhibitions. Every seminar meeting will last 3-4 days. Students should develop theirnproject mainly during the workshop hours hosted in each university.

The different location of the seminar will allow the students to get involved with several cultural and physical realities, sharing experiences and knowledge coming from all the participating schools. The seminar ends with a final event: an exhibition of the students works and an awards ceremony, followed by a publication of a catalogue with students works alongside critical texts by participants.


Alcamo Marina: Reconstructing the coastal landscape

Is the Villard: 19’s theme, which aims to open a discussion on reconstruction meant not only as rebuilding or redeveloping a territory damaged by calamities such as earthquakes or wars, but also as recovering fragile territories with problems sometimes due to rapid processes of anthropization. The city of Alcamo, whose heritage had been at risk during the 1968 earthquake, is part of the 13 municipalities gathered in the Belìce Valley Association in order to challenge the theme of post-earthquake reconstruction and the damages caused later by the reconstruction works. While the coastline of Alcamo has undergone a series of interventions that have changed the condition of the sandy coast about 12 km long: before with the rail-way construction which formed a barrier to the see access (1937), then with the property speculation (begun in the late 1950s and early 1960s), which saturated the area of private housing, with considerable environmental damage.

Villard: 19 intends to propose design ideas that take into account the relationship between the coastal city and the natural structure of Alcamo’s territory, the possible recovery and reuse of abandoned areas, the rethinking of infrastructures, the articulation of routes and accesses to the beach, the relations with agricultural land and canyon staying behind the linear neighbourhood on the coast; at the same time, during the workshop sessions there will be in-depth researches or lectures on reconstruction theme, with his meaning used in the past and those of today, with particular attention to the themes of seismic, hydro-geological and environmental risk.

How to apply and Call

The selection for Villard: 19 is open to all students enrolled in graduate programmes in Architecture.
In order to participate to the Villard, students have to pass a selection process at the university where they are enrolled.
Any student interested in participating must send his portfolio by Monday, October 23, 2017 at 18:00 in a single pdf le with A3 horizontal format, the portfolio must contain:

1. introduction stating: name, family name, serial number, email address, phone number, indication of the degree program in which you are currently enrolled, year of enrolment and for master degree students the degree obtained in the bachelor degree.

2. a design collection up to 3 pages; the names of the workshops or courses taken must be clearly stated particularly regarding design courses, as well as teacher's name and in the case of group work the names of colleagues.

3. CV with the addition of an indication of the teachers and grades.

4. a brief motivational letter (max 1000 types) in which the reasons for participation must be explained.

The pdf must be sent to:,,
Selected students will be called for the first meeting on Tuesday 24 October at 15:00 at Complesso di Santa Chiara in Alghero.