Racing Team
/ Pieterjan Ginckels
KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture
Paleizenstraat 65-67
1030 Brussels BE
+32 2 447 19 00
KU Leuven Architecture

International workshop, Alto Adige IT
The program is addressed to architecture, interior design, urban planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and economics students. The workshop aims to provide the opportunity to acquire skills related to the cultural re-appropriation and architectural reconversion of a so-called 'dissonant heritage,' involving theoretical training and operational applications.
The workshop will be split into two parts, delivered online and on-site. During the online phase, theoretical and methodological lectures will be provided, together with a historical overview of the former Druso Barrack in Silandro (Bozen), which will be the object of the practical exercise. The on-site experience will offer the opportunity to develop a reuse proposal for this former military barrack, a building with a complex past in danger of demolition. Working in direct connection with the local communities, in a transdisciplinary way, and guided by an international group of experts, the proposal will deal with the Heritage Discourse connected to the past of the building; it will focus on sustainable development criteria at different scales (from urban regeneration to interior design), and hopefully will help promote a new discussion on the future of the site.
In the end, the proposals will be presented to the local communities in a public exhibition, organized in cooperation with the Architectural Foundation Alto Adige. In addition, these projects will be included in a separate issue of the Foundation's quarterly publication "Turris Babel".

Educational credits:
5 ECTS _ Erasmus + Blended Intensive Program (BIP)

4 days online: 31 January - 3 February 2023 (from 9:00 to 18:30)
10 days on site in Silandro: 9-18 February 2023

The workshop will take place on site at the Caserma Druso.
Caserma Druso, 39028 Silandro, Alto Adige, Italy

Participating universities, institutions etc.:
(Referent Professors for communications underlined)
University of Bologna (Professors: Leila Signorelli, Alessia Zampini, Marco Pretelli, Andrea Ugolini, Ernesto Antonini, Giulia Favaretto)
Politecnico di Milano (Professors: Gennaro Postiglione, Francesca Albani, Cristina Giambruno, Davide Del Curto, Rossana Gabaglio)
University of Bolzano (Professors: Kris Krois, David Calas, Roberto Gigliotti)
University of Trento (Professors: Matteo Aimini, Chiara Bataino, Sara Favargiotti)
Università Politecnica delle Marche (Professor: Chiara Mariotti)
Ca’ Foscari University (Professors: Nicola Camatti, Daniele Sferra)
Lusófona University, Lisbona (Professor: Maria Rita Pais)
KU Leuven (Professor: Pieterjan Ginckels)
Universitat de Valencia (Professor: Valentina Cristini)
Universidad UVA de Valladolid (Professor: Federico Camerin)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Professor: Isabel González García)
Technische Universität Wien (Professor: Lorenzo De Chiffre)
New Design University (Professor: Alistair Neil Harkess)
Architectural Foundation of Alto Adige (Architects: Jürgen Wallnöfer, Christian Kapeller, Sylvia Dell'Agnolo) The local population
Basis Vinschgau Venosta - local social hub
Initiative Drususkaserne - a committee or the preservation of the structure
Historic Monuments Protection Authority of Alto Adige
Efforts Europe

The Druso Barrack is a former military area in Silandro (Italy) of approx. 4 hectares and was built in 1935-36 under the fascist regime for the national defense in the new border area of South Tyrol.
Decommissioned in 1995, it passed to the province in 2010 and was then sold to the municipality. In recent years one of the buildings of the barrack has been turned into a cultural and social activation hub called BASIS VINSCHGAU VENOSTA, a very active and progressive facility.
On October 5th, 2022, the Municipality ordered the demolition of the site for building a residential area and the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage stopped the process, putting the entire area under provisional protection for 6 months. The main building of the casern suffered massive demolition. This 6-months gap can now be used for initiatives dealing with sustainable redevelopment that respect the existing structures and allows their preservation.

• 31 JAN - 3 FEB 2023 online, 9-18 FEB 2023 on site
• 5 CREDITS Blended Intensive Programme

Apply now now now!
In order to participate, you must be able to take up 5 credits (elective) in the coming academic year!

Racing Team
/ Pieterjan Ginckels

KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture
Paleizenstraat 65-67
1030 Brussels BE
+32 2 447 19 00

KU Leuven Architecture