Join Tresoldi Academy to Create a Work-of-art with Edoardo Tresoldi

Join Tresoldi Academy to Create a Work-of-art with Edoardo Tresoldi

Applications open until May 29th to take part in the first workshop promoted by the Tresoldi Academy in collaboration with YAC, G124 of Renzo Piano and the Unipol Group.

Tresoldi Academy positions itself between art and architecture. During the workshop, talented young people will have the opportunity to take part in the creative process of one of the most prestigious and appreciated brands in contemporary art. The cycle of training activities is oriented towards “learning how to imagine" (concept and design of an artistic installation) and to "learning how" (the production of the installation). The end product is the creation of site-specific installations that enhance the value of their locations.

Edoardo Tresoldi - Basilica Siponto | ©Roberto Conte

The First Workshop: “Suburbs”

“The great project of our country is the suburbs: the city that will be, the city that we will leave to our children.” Renzo Piano

The exclusive collaboration for the first edition combines Unipol with the scientific contribution of G124 (the group organized by architect Renzo Piano for research and constant and continuous planning on the theme of urban suburbs). Tresoldi Academy invites creative young people to reflect on a greatly important and contemporary topic. Centered on Emilia - the territory that is the subject of G124's research for 2020 - the workshop wants to focus on the impact that site-specific art installations can have on the outskirts of urban areas in Italy.

Work In Progress | ©Aruallan

Starting from two different locations - a suburb characterized by the Park XXII Aprile in Modena and the metropolitan suburbs of Via Stalingrado, 31 in Bologna - the participants will have the opportunity to think and implement, through the dialogue with G124 and Edoardo Tresoldi, an itinerary of refined artistic micro-interventions to offer a new identity and centrality to these places. Thanks to this art-driven regeneration and their transformation into a horizon of creative experimentation, the Emilian suburbs will become a laboratory and a model of urban rebirth for the entire region.


  • Available places: 10
  • Enrollment fee: There is no registration fee for the course, admission is based solely on merit
  • Admission: Admission to the workshop will follow an evaluation of:
    • Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages, A4 format)
    • Portfolio (max 10 pages, free format)
    • Motivational letter (max 500 words, in Italian or English)
  • Target: Suggested for architects, artists, architecture students or those from other similar fields, aged between 18 and 30
  • Language: Italian - In the case of international students, an interpreter will be available
  • When:13th – 20th July, 2020
  • Applications: Apply on the website
  • More information:
    • Email:
    • Phone : +39 051 3510739


  • 27/04/2020 – Application opening
  • 29/05/2020 – Application deadline
  • 08/06/2020 – Publication of the provisional ranking
  • 19/06/2020 – Publication of the official ranking
  • 13/07/2020 – Workshop start


DAY 1 - Bologna, Modena
Edoardo Tresoldi Lecture + G124 2020* Lecture + site visits

Students will be immersed in the experience and poetics of Edoardo Tresoldi through an open dialogue with the artist. On the same day, the team will visit the sites of their future designs with the supervision of G124 tutors and Unipol staff, with the aim of collecting sensations, impressions and creative ideas that will be useful for the subsequent planning stages.

DAY 2 - Milan
Introduction to the production and methodology of Edoardo Tresoldi + concept design

Participants will have the opportunity to get to know Edoardo Tresoldi staff's methodologies and processes by visiting his studio, where they will meet the studio's managers. On this day, each student will start their own personal path of creative thinking oriented towards the production of an installation for the workshop sites. Each student will produce their own concept and will be helped by members of the studio.

DAY 3 - Milan 
Concept presentation to G124 and Unipol Group and selection of the preferred concept

Presentation of the concepts with the whole team, G124 staff, Unipol Group and Edoardo Tresoldi. On the same day, the Scientific Committee of Tresoldi Academy will choose their preferred concept among the many proposed. The selected concept will then undergo the executive design process with the collaboration of all of the students and will be then produced.

DAYS 4, 5, 6, 7 - Milan

Participants will have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the realization procedures, techniques and solutions adopted and will be immersed in a unique experience of close collaboration with one of the most important firms of contemporary art.

DAY 8 - Bologna, Modena

A journey to Emilia and beginning of the installation in the two different locations. Completion of the installation process and inauguration event with the participation of the city institutions and the project partners (Edoardo Tresoldi, G124, Unipol). The students will receive their certificates of participation in the workshop and final remarks.

The Sites of the Workshop

Site 1 - Via Stalingrado, Bologna, Italy

SITE 1 – Via Stalingrado, Bologna

The first site will be a complex located in Bologna in a lot between Viale Aldo Moro, Via Cesare Gnudi and Via Stalingrado. The latter, starting from the railway bridge, crosses the very first outskirts of Bologna and joins the roads that are considered to be the limit of the historic center of Bologna, with the first urban strip located between the ancient city and the freeway. Characterized by the nearby Unipol Group headquarters, which goes over Via Stalingrado and is proposed as a modern urban door, the area is located in the immediate vicinity of the exhibition area - a monumental work of the early seventies by Kenzo Tange.

The real estate complex currently consists of four buildings: a shed on Via Stalingrado, a shed on Via Gnudi, another small building and a garage. The area is divided by the important road axes that cross it, has no historical architectural elements and has a great population density. The area is placed in the first ring of suburbs but is very crowded and animated by the considerable transit that brings people in and out of Bologna every day. The constant traffic that flows through the site shapes an exceptional opportunity to place an intervention designed to be enjoyed on the move and offer a new identity to the surrounding space.

SITE 2 - Parco XXII Aprile, Modena

Another project site will be Park XXII Aprile in Modena, built in 1976 in the Crocetta district. Some of the structures inside have a strong character, taking inspiration from the stylistic trends of the '70s and other prestigious parks built in the city by architects Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi. The park is one of the main green areas of the city; inside, there are several wooded areas, lawns and various types of amenities. XXII Aprile Park is one of the three parks designed to host events in the city. Its extent exceeds 8 hectares, which develop longitudinally on the north-south axis in the center of the neighborhood.

Despite its strong identity given by historical workers' fights in the years of the economic boom, Crocetta today is one of the suburbs of Modena considered to be deteriorated, dangerous and marginalized. However, there are numerous activities and associations that try to reverse this trend by bringing new initiatives to the park in order to attract the community. The area was historically occupied by Villa Pentetorri, one of the villas of the Dukes of Este, and the Naviglio canal, which connected the Ducal Palace of Modena with Ferrara and still flows today below the park. The villa, designed by architect Gaspare Vigarani in the first half of 1600, was destroyed during the bombing of 1944. To date, the entrance arch to the farm and some of the accessory buildings, such as the blacksmith's house and the stables, are still present and currently host some of the associations that organize promotional activities in the park.

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