The Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Bergamo (partners in this initiative) have

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people can relax and share good times together. For those reasons, The Summer School this year will be leaded by an architect and an artist chosen by GAMeC – GAMeC - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo.


The Summer School addresses the theme of the design of contemporary urban landscape with a multidisciplinary and international approach. Students from all over the world and from diverse disciplines (architects, designers, artists, landscape architects, agronomists, botanists, photographers, film-makers) are called upon to collaborate in the development of ideas, in the construction of strategies of a project, in the presentation of work, and in the study of the techniques to be applied, following a hands-on system of learning. The design of contemporary public space can only be a result of teamwork; each individual’s expertise contributes towards solving specific problems. This is a different approach from that of an issue that is addressed at different levels with different methodologies.

In keeping with this logic, the Summer School team will study the complexity of the design of public space together with two international personalities. These two personalities – a landscape architect and an environmental artist – will be visiting professors, chosen with the aim of maintaining an all-round vision of the project in hand. Each year, the Summer School will choose a fresh pair of visiting professors. The professors will work together with the students to design the landscaping of Piazza Vecchia as Piazza Verde, a transformation that takes place every September, following the yearly tradition I Maestri del Paesaggio.

SUMMER SCHOOL _ special edition 2014-2015

There will be a special, inaugural edition of the Summer School this year. The outcome of this special edition will be visible at the Expo 2015 “Feeding the Planet. Energy for life” in Bergamo and in Milan.


invited the Summer School to design and create, for summer 2015, two landscapes that will combine with each other thematically:

The first will be in Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo (home of the Summer School, with a new group every year),

The second will be at the EXPO, at the Piazza Città di Lombardia in Milan (at the entrance to the Lombardy Region headquarters skyscraper), a public area that represents Milan’s contemporary culture.

Both projects will be worked on and developed in the Summer School of 2014, from the 8thto the 21st of September, in Bergamo, but will be constructed in the summer of 2015, and will form part of the events of Expo 2015.

These two projects, with their intertwining themes, will nonetheless contrast each other: two city squares in places very different from each other – different in terms of history, culture, space and materials; one, Piazza Vecchia, cultural centre of Bergamo Alta, a historical place rich with memories; the other, Piazza Città di Lombardia, at the heart of the Lombardy Region’s skyscraper, created out of modern, man-made materials.


The Summer School of the Centro Internazionale di Studi sul Paesaggio e sul Giardino di

Bergamo (International Center for Studies in Landscape and Garden, Bergamo), has its

headquarters at Palazzo Suardi in Piazza Vecchia, where the work will take place from the 8th to the 21stof September, 2014.


The two internationally renowned visiting professors chosen for the first edition of the Summer School are Andy Sturgeon and Gianni Pettena. They will guide sixteen students from all over the world to the realization of two landscaping projects involving two communal areas (Piazza Vecchia in Bergamo; Piazza Città di Lombardia in Milan). Together, they will work through the different stages of development , actively participating at each level. They will have various multimedia instruments at their disposal. This will take place from the 8th to the 17thof September.


Further, students of the Summer School will participate in the events organised by I Maestri del Paesaggio 2014, which takes place every year in Bergamo Alta from the 18thto the 21st of September: seminars, workshops and the International Meeting at the Teatro Sociale.

(The detailed program of the Summer School is available on the website under Edition 2014). The results of the Summer School will be presented to the public and to the press during the International Meeting on the 21st of September 2014 by Andy Sturgeon and Gianni Pettena and all students of the School.

The languages to be used at the Summer School are English and Italian. INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

For further information on the Summer School of the Centro Internazionale di Studi sul Paesaggio e sul Giardino di Bergamo (International Center for Studies in Landscape and

Garden, Bergamo), please write (in English or Italian) to:

If you wish to apply, please send an email with the following details about yourself:  Name

 Date of birth  Country of origin  Contact details  Professional skills

 A brief letter explaining your reasons for wanting to enroll  Curriculum vitae

 Photographs of three projects carried out

The registration fee for the Summer School is € 400 for each student (reminding that the actual cost of the course is € 2,500, partially subsidized by the partners) includes: - Participation in all the activities outlined in the School’s programme;

- Participation in the initiatives connected with I Maestri del Paesaggio 2014 (to be held between the 18thand the 21stof September, 2014);


- Accommodation with breakfast for the duration of the programme. (Students of the Summer School will be provided with a list of bars and restaurants which will serve them meals at reasonable prices).

Enrolment at the Summer School is open to students from diverse backgrounds and cultures (architects, designers, artists, landscape architects, agronomists, botanists, photographers, film- makers) who are in possession of a bachelor’s degree.

The closing date for enrolments is August 10th, 2014. SCHOLARSHIPS

Of the sixteen international students selected, the five best students will be awarded a scholarship that will cover the registration fee of €400.


The Centro Internazionale di Studi sul Paesaggio e sul Giardino di Bergamo (International

Center for Studies in Landscape and Garden, Bergamo), and its Summer School, work under

the directorship of Prof. Elisabetta Bianchessi, Ph.D, landscape designer.

Prof. Phd Elisabetta Bianchessi paesaggista


Design and Architecture 1960-1975 (1996), Casa Malaparte Capri (1999), “Radical Design (2004).

As an architecture critic and historian he has organized exhibitions on the best known contemporary architects for public museums and city administrations. For the 1996 Architecture Biennale in Venice he was the curator of the exhibition ‘Radicals. Design and Architecture 1960-1975’. In that same year he presented for the first time in Europe in an exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence the work of Frederick Law Olmsted.

Besides private collections, his works are in the permanent collection of museums and institutions such as the Pompidou Center in Paris and the Frac Center in Orléans as well as in the Venice Biennale Historical Archives.




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