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May 27, 2015




Universita G. d’Annunzio Dipartimento di Architettura di Pescara is hosting its first Summer School for Collaborative research this summer from August 31 – September 12, 2015. The department has invited representatives from six different countries in the Adriatic region to participate.  We are very pleased to announce that Burch International University has been chosen to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We are looking for four dedicated, driven, and design enthusiastic Masters students who will join the Burch team this year, in the twelve-day workshop that will focus on urban and architectural issues facing the city of Pescara.

This will be a great opportunity for the participating students to learn together in an intensive, collaborative environment. In addition, the success full completion of the workshop will be rewarded with a certificate.  The work resulting from the summer school will used as a developing material for each student’s Master Thesis. 



The specific task of the Pescara Summer School is to address cities and significant disciplinary issues, but above all to address a region vast and diverse, specifically that of the Adriatic.
The Adriatic basin presents conditions and contexts that are comparable to each other that share stories and parallel narratives. Thinking about the Adriatic means thinking not only of the body of the water, but mostly of a real physical place that joins the two sides of the same space and connects different regions, cultures, religions and civilizations.
In the current geo-political condition, some European regions are in fact acquiring a greater value than others and a more significant role from both cultural and political views. This is clearly the case of the Euro Region Adriatic - Ionian which is becoming a key point for a new set of relations between the East and West, between the North and the South, between Europe and the Balkans.

A "diagonal" policy exists, as transversal/diagonal is actually the central axis of the Adriatic. From the heart of Europe, this frame of reference extends to latitudes located to the east of the city of Budapest. This geographical transversality must also become a cultural and political and cultural transversality, that is able to integrate experiences and knowledge that have been developed on both sides of the Adriatic basin. A new concept of transnational identity and a sense of belonging to a new Europe is perhaps taking over at a time when the EU becomes more and more inclusive.
The Adriatic today could aim to become a “gulf” again, but this time a European one.

The spirit of Pescara Summer School is to become a permanent research laboratory on themes related to urban re-generation in the cities bordering the Adriatic region. The Pescara Summer School will address different cities and contexts with the aim to propose design solutions within a limited time frame while working in groups varied in origin and disciplinary interest. This approach will lead to the proposal of alternative and innovative solutions, on the trail of previous experiences but also challenging choices and conditions that have been often consolidated in time.

The Pescara Summer School will address urban and peri-urban areas of different extension, which may contain sub-themes confined in smaller areas. The design will then be a multi scale process that will focus on both the urban and the architectural project.
With the awareness that new soil could not be used for urban developments, it is necessary to address the built environment with different strategies of re-use both for the abandoned sites and for the objects contained in them. The Summer School will address themes related to the definition of strategies of urban re-generation, the redevelopment of public spaces, enhancement of historic centres and of the built heritage and, finally, the redevelopment of urban districts of different nature.

The 2015 Pescara The Summer School will address, for this first year, design themes related to the city of Pescara, the same ones that have been highlighted by the City Council through the agreement between the Department and the City. In particular, the work will be related to areas in need of urban, social, and economic regeneration and sites where the city of Pescara aims to establish a new relationship with its river and the Adriatic Sea.



Università di Camerino (Italy) - Facoltà di Architettura Ascoli Piceno

Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy) – Corso di Laurea in Ingegneria Edile-Architettura University of Lujblijana (Slovenia) – Faculty of Architecture

University of Zagreb (Croatia) – Faculty of Architecture

University of Split (Croatia) – Faculty of Architecture

Burch International University, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Department of Architecture

Polythecnic University of Tirana (Albania),

Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning (FAUP)

Polis University, Tirana (Albania), Faculty of Architecture and Design

University of Patras (Greece) – Faculty of Architecture

University of Thessaloniky (Greece) – Faculty of Architecture


Arrival and Departure

Monday August 31, 2015  - Saturday September 12,2015  (total of 12 nights).


Organization and Costs

Team will consist of 4 Masters Students and 2 Tutors

The Dipartimento di Architettura in Pescara will accommodate students in houses and apartments with Italian students and meals will be provided for all students.


Cost of transportation TBD (325 KM or less)



Interested applicants please submit the following:

  • Statement of interested which will describe why the student would like to participate in the Pescara Summer School and how it will benefit their Masters’ work
  • In no more than 1000 words describe the relationship between Sustainably, Landscape, Strategic Planning and Architectural Design in the role of urban design.  Give examples from the cities you are familiar with.
  • Include a copy of your Academic Transcript for 2014/2015

We encourage all interested Masters students to apply for this opportunity.  The four positions will be granted based on the evaluation of the application material outlined above.


Deadline for Application 

June 10, 2015


For more information go HERE.