“Architecture for Landscape” was created on these premises: it aims to train designers to meet the diverse needs of transforming territories. The course encourages an attentive and productive dialogue with the surrounding landscape to respond to the needs of clients' unique contexts. Via a thorough analysis of the natural world, light and geomorphological terrain features, the designers will become increasingly able to reconnect human design to the natural environment. In becoming inspired by the landscape, they can design outstanding, sustainable and impressive architecture.
From Stonehenge to the Greek temples, architecture is the signature of humankind on landscape, the artificial element eternally linked with the natural environment. Architecture and landscape are linked by a fundamental continuity that is now starting to fade, damaging the quality of the spaces in which we dwell.
Today more than ever, landscape represents a precious heritage that architecture can and must enhance, while also protecting it for the sake of future generations. Architects shouldn't turn their backs on the landscape; they should be able to design architecture that responds to each landscape’s specific features and, in so doing, generates wonderful and unique spaces.
The course will consist of 99 hours of lessons, a 32-hour workshop and multiple lectures by well-renowned professional architects. At the end of the course, YACademy Placement office will guarantee each student a proposal for an internship/collaboration within the partner studios.
YAC is an association which promotes architectural competitions aimed at fostering culture and design research. Over the years, YAC has broadened its experience of work and collaboration with the main architectural firms of contemporary architecture, dealing with diverse and numerous topics of architectural design. Today, YAC’s expertise can serve young designers by providing them with high-level educational programs aimed at polishing the skills of the students and offering them a valuable connection to the labour market.
Thanks to close relationships with internationally renowned professional and academic figures, YACademy is the perfect frame within which to complete or specialize one’s skills, and to create a significant link with the most internationally-renowned architectural firms. The location of the courses, also available via remote connection since 2020, is the prestigious headquarters of YACademy: a medieval building located in the heart of Bologna’s historical city center, close to the Two Towers and next to Piazza Santo Stefano - namely, one of the most picturesque areas of the city.
PAOLO FORTUNA | SNØHETTA
Underwater landscape: Under
EDUARDO SOUTO DE MOURA
Engineering and landscape: Foz Tua Dam
MIKKEL BØGH | EFFEKT ARCHITECTS
Architecture is an itinerary: Camp Adventure Forest Tower
Living among trees: suspended houses in Hedmark
MATTHEW JOHNSON | DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO
NY in green: The Highline
LARRY TOUPS | NASA
Extraterrestrial Landscape: building in space
GIULIO RIGONI | BIG – BJARKE INGELS GROUP
Like a ribbon on the river: Kistefos Museum
MICHELE DE LUCCHI | aMDL STUDIO
A dialogue with mountains: inside outside
DESIGN A DISPERSED HOTEL AND TREEHOUSE SYSTEM IN THE FRENCH VILLAGE OF REPÈRE
Giulio Rigoni | BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
The workshop will represent a practical opportunity to test and recapitulate all the notions learned during the other lessons. It will offer strategic solutions for a real architectural project. The course will be conducted in collaboration with Le Village du Repère, a company that owns woods, land and an ancient village located in the inspiring countryside of Charente Maritime (France). A remote agricultural aggregate of medieval origin, the village is immersed in one of the most fascinating rural contexts in Europe: a compendium of centuries-old oak groves, vineyards and waterways, which here abundantly irrigate the landscape of the legendary lands of oysters and Cognac.
With its strategic position and proximity to the castles of the Loire, the property aims to transform the village and its 30 hectares of forests and fields into a destination for hikers, nature enthusiasts and food and wine lovers. Surrounded by a charming and welcoming landscape, visitors will be able to taste the delicacies of one of the most generous regions of France, accommodated in elegant tree houses carved out of age-old oaks. They'll have the opportunity to learn about ancient agricultural and gastronomic techniques in a modern center that will not only be focused on hospitality but on promoting and supporting the rich agricultural culture and traditions.
THEORIES AND HISTORY OF LANDSCAPE - Historical and artistic itinerary of the evolution of the concept of landscape | 8 HOURS
Manuel Orazi | Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio
CONCEPT DESIGN - The genesis of a design idea | 8 HOURS
Massimo Alvisi | Alvisi Kirimoto
ART IN NATURE - Contemporaneity in places | 8 HOURS
Emanuele Montibeller | Arte Sella
PLANTS - Features and necessities of the plants and how to choose the right ones | 6 HOURS
Antonio Perazzi | Studio Antonio Perazzi
BUILDING ON TREES - Solutions and technologies for suspended architectures | 12 HOURS
Iacopo Gozzi | Casalberi
THE GARDEN SITE - Management and realization of green areas | 6 HOURS
Federico Ratta | Frassinago - Gardens and Landscapes
EXTREME ARCHITECTURE - The mountains’ teaching, remote places and impossible building sites | 9 HOURS
Roberto Dini | Politecnico di Torino
BUILDING WITH TIMBER - Techniques and possibilities in building with timber | 8 HOURS
Angelo Luigi Marchetti | Marlegno
THE GENERATION OF LANDSCAPE - Creating places | 6 HOURS
Andrea Balestrini | LAND
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN - Principles of sustainability and bio-architecture | 6 HOURS
Edoardo Milesi | Edoardo Milesi & Archos
TECHNOLOGIES AND MATERIALS FOR LANDSCAPE - Products solutions and materials to enhance landscape | 16 HOURS
INTERIOR DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY - Ethical and circular economy, and sustainability in design | 6 HOURS
Pierluigi Masini | Quotidiano Nazionale
At the end of the course, YACademy Placement office will guarantee each student a proposal for an internship/collaboration with some of the studios best matching the topic of the course, including:
SNØHETTA - HHF ARCHITECTS - DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO - BIG BJARKE INGELS GROUP - ESPEN SURNEVIK -EFFEKT ARCHITECTS - LAND - EDOARDO MILESI & ARCHOS
Due to the recent pandemic situation, for the courses held between September 2020 and January 2021, YAC has taken extraordinary measures to ensure the best performance of its activities and to facilitate access to its courses. In accordance with safety criteria, participation in the courses will be possible through a remote connection. Five scholarships are available for the full cost of enrollment and the full rules of the course are available on YAC's website.
Architecture for Landscape is organised in collaboration with:
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