PhD Summer School: Heritage and Global Challenges
11th-15th September 2017, Mantua Campus, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
DATE: 11/9/2017
"Historical landscapes and cultural heritage are, in Europe and worldwide, at the center of strategies aimed at conserving greatly important material and intangible assets, as well as exploiting them in a proper and sustainable manner. Italy possesses a wide a multifarious heritage, rooted in its geographical features, its political events, its architecture and art history, resulting in the richness of its archaeological remains, historical cities and settlements, museum collections, etc.. This variety and extent of historical heritage is the product of a creative attitude but also of a “secular culture of conservation” developed in the Italian civic institutions and conscience (Salvatore Settis, 2002).

Since its very foundation, the Politecnico di Milano has been involved in research and projects aimed at studying and protecting monuments and archaeological sites, developing the “arts industry”, then safeguarding historic town centers and landscapes as well as designing museums and cultural poles for heritage promotion and conservation. With particular current relevance, research activities are also developing intervention strategies in historical areas vulnerable to natural hazards and related to reconstruction after earthquake damage. The Summer School – organised by the Doctorate School of the Politecnico di Milano – will be held in Mantua, which – together with Sabbioneta – has been recognised, since 2008, as a World Heritage site, and is where the Politecnico has established a UNESCO Chair of “Architectural Preservation and Planning for World Heritage Sites”. The decision to dedicate the Summer School to the theme “Heritage and Global Challenges” aims to involve graduate and post-graduate students of Architecture, Engineering and Design in complex issues of great contemporary relevance. Built heritage is a veritable mosaic of urban and rural sites of different types and features, all of which pose a range of different problems, including overuse, neglect and disuse, the effects of climate change and the need to protect the artistic heritage whilst keeping it alive. Matters which should concern all the citizens of Europe - and, indeed, the entire world - are reflected in the issues which the Summer School aims to discuss with its PhD candidates and students:
  1. Strategies for the protection and sustainable exploitation of the cultural heritage and landscape
  2. Museums as cultural attractors: innovative policies, cultural strategies, attentive design
  3. Venice: the challenge of globalisation and protection of/intervention upon the architectural heritage
  4. Heritage and Landscape. The unexpected places of pr
The program covers a series of keynote lectures followed by round tables with experts from various Italian and European Universities. Divided into groups, the students will be invited to respond to the themes covered with their own presentations (in the afternoon of 14 September). They will also be invited to take part in a photography competition which will focus on the historical heritage and landscape of Mantua and Venice.
The planned activities also include visits to Mantua historical sites and a visit to Venice (13 September) where doctorate students will be the guests of the Government Body for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape at the Doge’s Palace.

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