Prati, commons

places of public life in the urban landscape


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Looking at this world in movement, the programme for the days involves a set of four sessions that begin with the theme of “commons” in landscape history and culture, and then move on to how urban and architectural culture has considered the role and image of these spaces. The structure of the urban landscape, the interaction of man with “spontaneous” vegetation, the project, are the subject matter of the third session, while the last one develops a comparison between experiences that operate in a field laden with many angles, all oriented towards a new way of conceiving the project, “informal”, as commons have been since they made their first appearance.

These and other themes will be discussed over the two days, without forgetting the input of different interpretations such as those offered by cinematography, where unbuilt urban spaces are the elective places for understanding the mutability of the idea of representation, and polysemic “new commons” provide glimpses of a new world and city.


10am Introduction to the Study Days, Luigi Latini and Simonetta Zanon

10.30am-1pm The “lawns” in the history and culture of landscape

coordinator Monique Mosser

Jean Marc Besse, The landscape of commons: places, practices, concepts

Alessandra Ponte, Out of Hopeful Green Stuff Woven

Franco Panzini, Mediterranean Commons


3-5.30pm Cities, landscape, places of imagination, coordinator Luigi Latini

Mario Lupano, Cities, nature, collective places of freedom in the XX century

Maarten Kloos, Amsterdam, the Museumplein and the contemporary public space

Jeppe Aagard Andersen, Meeting places. Cities are for people



Nativa dei prati, Elisa Tomat conversing with José Tito Rojo



Marco Bertozzi, Nitrate gardens, digital terrain vague. Urban landscapes in films


Friday 17th February 2017


10am-1pm New lawns, the landscape architect’s work, coordinator Teresa Andresen

Udo Weilacher, Stabilizing landscape structures for living urban spaces

Norbert Kühn, Intentions for the Unintentional, spontaneous vegetation and urban environment

Imma Jansana, Collective spaces within the boundaries of the metropolis


3-6pm Work in progress: actions, temporary occupations, new life in lawns

coordinator Simonetta Zanon

Raul Pantaleo, In the Italian suburbs, acting for the common good

Federica Dell’Acqua, Berlin, Tempelhof and other ongoing experiences

Claudio Bertorelli, Experimentations in urban landscapes

Laura Tinti, Between discipline and habits. Lawns by night

Anna Lambertini, Prato della Fiera, Treviso



Jeppe Aagard Andersen, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design; Claudio Bertorelli, Aspro Studio, Vicenza; Marco Bertozzi, Iuav University, Venice; Jean Marc Besse, CNRS, UMR Géographie-cités, Paris; Federica Dell’Acqua, University Federico II, Naples; Maarten Kloos, Arcam Architectuur Centrum, Amsterdam; Norbert Kühn, Technische Universität Berlin; Imma Jansana, Jansana-de la Villa-de Paauw Arquitectes, Barcelona; Anna Lambertini, University of Florence; Mario Lupano, Iuav University, Venice;

Raul Pantaleo, Tam Associati, Venice; Franco Panzini, landscape architect, Rome-Los Angeles; Alessandra Ponte, University of Montreal; Laura Tinti, Iuav University, Venice; José Tito Rojo, University of Granada; Elisa Tomat, agronomist, garden designer, Udine; Udo Weilacher, Technische Universität München.


Photography by Steven Clifford Cohen