About the course:

In our one-week course, we critically and playfully explore public space not only as a "generosity" that architecture can offer to society but also as a political, social and deeply urban condition. Public space is not simply found or even designed, it is lived and made; in a nutshell, public space is emancipatory. For such reflections, we use both the Biennale exhibitions and the city of Venice as our field sites.


In a diverse set of lectures, hands-on workshops, discussions, and tours with local and international experts we will enquire into the conditions - potentials and restrictions - that make public space possible for different groups of people in Venice, but also in cities in general.

In collaboration with Poligonal. Office for Urban Communication.

Programme Structure:

The outcome of the one-week course will be a magazine created by the participants, reflecting on the role of public space in Venice. Understand the complex urban challenges that Venice as a city is facing. Mass tourism, heritage and the lack of public spaces are addressed. Explore the exciting case study of Venice and receive a meaningful addition to your portfolio.

You come to Venice to get inspired and learn from the great architects of the Past and the Present. We will guide you through the iconic and not-so-famous Venetian locations. The classes take place in a historic Venetian palazzo, throughout the course you will be exposed to amazing architecture, art and design.


The course attracts professionals and students from all over the world - on average there are 11 nationalities per group. Small group size guarantees personal attention to each participant and gives you a change to interact closely with our faculty. ECA staff is very responsive in introducing you to our network in Venice or other European cities.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 19, 2019
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