From 1999, Villard is an architectural travelling seminar, organized each academic year – in collaboration with other cultural institutions – by a team of selected Italians and foreign schools of architecture: the universities of Alghero, Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Paris Malaquais, Patras, Pescara, Reggio Calabria, Rome, and Venice.
By a selection for excellence, up to 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 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 meetings. 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. Each seminar meeting will last 3-4 days. Students should develop their project 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 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.
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