2016 – Environmental networks and strategic places

The design themes were focused on the renovation, reuse and reutilization of old and valuable buildings located in this region to be transformed in strategic places to be integrated into a contemporary territorial context to create a smart, opensource system of cities, that makes everything circular: it has been a territory of the hybrid and of former structures to be transformed into poles for the creation of a network of public transport and social exchanges today nonexistent.

Projects to connect former factories, former bus and tramway stations, former agriculture structures and former other things, were the main goals of the projects developed by the participants during the two-week workshop. In fact the second edition of the summer school has explored the possibilities of conscious interventions in strategic places surrounding Gassino Torinese through regional networks made up of contemporary sustainable architecture.

One challenge that the summer school addresses was sensitization of participants to an ideal modern and sustainable architecture as a solution to the qualitative reuse of the existing heritage. The topic that was addressed concerned the redefinition of abandoned buildings that can take an identitarian role towards inhabited places increasingly founded on local networks, on the geographic constants and on the overcoming of the compact city.

The historic core of Gassino Torinese has become an openair laboratory in which experimentation suggested new and innovative ways to reconsider the built environment, reevaluating the physical memory of the region’s past, toward a “smart land” regenerating via cultural promotion, active participation, the construction of regional networks and partnerships and the launching of social ventures for innovation.


Organizers: Alberto Bologna, Cinzia Gavello, Patrick Giromini.

Participants: Giovanni Amadu (Italy), Anne-Charlotte Astrup Chauvaux (France), Jeanne Astrup Chauvaux (France), Geri Daja (Albania), Martina Delucchi (Italy), Eugenia Dottino (Italy), Elisabeth Feith (Germany), Federica Ferraro (Italy), Sofia Natuko Holder (Germany), Lavinia Isan (Romania), Claire Ana Logoz (Switzerland), Florence Revaz (Switzerland), Luisa Sarvia (Italy), Barbara Karin Schudok (Germany), Caroline Stich (Switzerland), Martina Viviani (Italy), Julia Jutta Werwigk (Germany), Mohit Milind Yalgi (India), Liuxin Yang (China), Sofia Zava (Argentine).

Tutors: Graciliano Berrocal Hernandez, Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes, Patrick Giromini, Aldric Rodriguez-Iborra, Alberto Rosso and Giovanni Zucchi.

Project themes

Node 1. San Mauro Torinese intersection: creation of a parking interchange with a possible use of existing building close Cimena canal’s start;

Node 2. Settimo Torinese connection: urban design in a rural existing area with the creation of a cycle path interchange and a slab to solve view issues;

Node 3. Mollino’s Factory, Castiglione Torinese: transformation of the building factory designed by Carlo Mollino in 1956 in a public structure used as a co-housing for students or a shopping mall;

Node 4. Gassino Torinese intersection: creation of a new system of urban public spaces and rethink about the connection with the Po river, along the Rio della Valle Maggiore;

Node 5. San Raffaele Cimena, old tram station: transformation of the old tram station in a co-working space with a parking interchange linked to the new cycle path;

Node 6. Chivasso Torinese intersection: transformation of the old industrial silo in a public structure such as a library, or bike hotel and rethink about the connection between the Po river and the town.