Call for Attendance

  • 06 February / 11 February 2017
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The Spare.Life | IWS aims to promote a multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar approach in an international comparison to encourage the development of additional and innovative skills of the university’s educational programs. It becomes an opportunity that may provide insight and alternative scenarios for the enhancement of marginal urban areas; helping to promote and to redesign new opportunities, features, and ways of living in the urban-rural open spaces.

The III Edition 2017 is focused on the urban regeneration of the peripheral area located between the centre of Rome and the “Roman Castles” area (Frascati etc.). The 2017 Spare.Life | IWS is based on the experience of URPAs – Urban Regeneration of Peripheral Areas, in Metropolitan contexts – that was held in Rome from the 10th to 14th of October of 2016 in Roma Tre University, alongside IEREK’s International Conference on “Green Urbanism”.

The area of Tor Vergata is identified by the low presence of residential buildings and by the presence of buildings with many important uses, at an urban and territorial level, (Hospital, Universities, Commercial centres, etc.) and potential infrastructures (the Calatrava Sails, archaeological presence of Roman Baths, etc.).

Program Theme

The workgroup will assess the area selected by the Olympic Committee to manoeuvre through the Olympic Village (just about 17.000 athletes) related to the Rome nominations for the 2024 Olympic Games. Within this large area, located in the southeast boundaries of the city, massive infrastructures, carrying out the Swimming Games of 2009, were initiated. One of which was the famous and incomplete “sails” designed by, the Architecture prodigy, Santiago Calatrava. The methodology used by the team will be based on diachronic analysis of the urban context, particularly focused on the evolution of space-time relation in the metropolis. The approach, to this kind of city evolution, will be interpreted by the working group as an environmental and cultural history of the interpretation process of local social dynamics within territorial and landscape components.

The Spare.Life | IWS is oriented to adopt specific approaches to the urban regeneration theme according to the following criteria:

• Regeneration in the city and in the metropolis is not a kind of restoration, renewal (etc.) or a technical or a procedural “tool kit” but a free social/cultural project based on the vision of future of the citizens/community who have to the decide how to live in their own part of city;
• The knowledge of the urban environmental components must be complete as it is possible: the School’s workshop will adopt the log history of the local specific places like a pillar of urban & planning design with geological and risk assessments;
• The project derives from a general urban vision;
• Technology, architecture, urban design & planning, landscape analysis & design are together the soul of the urban regeneration in the spatial sense: the design of architecture is one of the planning knowledge because several different design solutions better describe sustainable alternatives of political decision and simplify the participation of people and reduce the social conflicts;
• All the plans and projects of the past are fruitful for the future of the city: nothing can be lost for the urban regeneration because the possibility to repeat past errors is very high.

Attention will be given to the targets in activation of interrupting the life cycles of the urban ecosystem. Whenever possible, those degradation processes, typical of the marginal urbanized contexts. The soil and its fertility, the water and its life cycle, the plants and their contribution to the vitality of the environment cease to be passive components of the city and take on a new meaning: that of “active environmental infrastructures” in the process of restoring the conditions of ecological functioning of the city.

The target of the workshop is re-thinking this actual marginal and less lived and achievable area as a new core of urban service polarization without serious additions of new infrastructures.
In the past workshop the design components recognized in the case study was:
• Centralities: University of Tor Vergata and the Hospital;
• Potential centralities: Calatrava Sails;
• Rural landscape abandoned
• Little forest presences;
• Water of little river;
• Ex-Informal neighbourhoods;
• Strategic infrastructures: highway Rome-Naples;
• Lack of strategic infrastructure: metro, bus station, rail train Rome-Frascati.

These components are separated and isolated in the current urban situation. The workshop can operate and simulate their full urban and social/cultural integration, following a new design methodology.

Spare.Life | IWS Program

5th February 2017 Sunday
10:00 | Arrive at the Fiumicino Airport

6th February 2017 Monday
10:00 | Opening of Spare.Life | IWS 2017
• greetings and communications by the institutions (Sapienza, IEREK, Roma Capitale, etc.)
• introduction by the Scientific Coordinator
• introduction by the Didactic Coordinator
15:00 | Frontal lesson
• introduction of the Scientific and Didactic Committees
• information about work activities
• division in work teams and delivery of the base material

7th February 2017 Tuesday

09:00 | Survey project area
17:00 | Workshop (location)
• 5 minute presentation of the work done during the day by each work team

8th February 2017 Wednesday
09:00 | Workshop
18:00 | Communications
• 5 minute presentation of the work done during the day by each work team

9th February 2017 Thursday
09:00 | Workshop
18:00 | Communications
• 5 minute presentation of the work done during the day by each work tea

10th February 2017 Friday
09:00 | Workshop
18:00 | Communications
• 5 minute presentation of the work done during the day by each work tea

11th February 2017 Saturday
10:00 | Presentation of the project ideas

Spare.Life | IWS Benefits

The IWS has three overall objectives to be pursued through the program of activities:
• The implementation of opportunities for scientific and applied research, implicit condition in the transdisciplinary approach proposed, in the confrontation between geographical areas nearby but different and in the themes that are at the basis of the action-training design.
• The experimentation of new scenarios of urban regeneration.
• The animation of concrete forms of active participation of the community concerned, crucial to manage the transition in full consciousness toward models of urban transformation, alternative and sustainable.

The IWS key topics will be:
• Institutional urban design & planning
• Participated Planning
• Urban Landscape
• Trans – disciplinarily approaches
• Multi – scalar approaches
• Social involvement
• Urbanism & Art Hybridisation
• New Technologies Scenarios
• Social Design
• Social Streets

Spare.Life | IWS Fees

The IWS is self-financing.
Therefore, the regular fee for participants is set in 550.00 €, according with the budget needs.
The fee includes all the necessary costs to support the activities of the workshop (lectures, materials, tutoring, field trips, etc.) it also includes the expenses of accommodation for the participants coming from outside. The fee does not include travel and transfer expenses and meals.

As usual, it is established a gratuitousness for one supervisor (including airfare and housing) every 10 enrolled participants
In case of need for additional accompanying persons, the fee is set at 350.00 € each one that includes accommodation.

Only for this III edition of the IWS.
Given the concurrently with the International Conference AREQAU (from 1st to 3rd February) to be held in Barcelona (Spain) at the ETSAV-UPC and considering the great number of requests received; the IEREK, as co-organizer of both the initiatives, gives the opportunity to attend at both these events with a single fee of 400.00 € (contribution for participation in both events excluded accommodation, food and transfers).

The fees will be paid, exclusively in Euro via PayPal, awaiting the acceptance confirmation from the Direction of the School and the related request of payment.
The accepted participant, whom receives the confirmation exclusively by email, has to pay no later then 20/01/2017.

Description Fees
Spare.Life | IWS fees without accommodation € 350
Spare.Life | IWS fees with accommodation € 550
Attending the Alternative Energy conference (as audience) + Spare.Life | IWS in Italy without accommodation € 400

Sapienza University of Rome – Italy