The Educational Processes Between Program and Places





mutational, recycling, identity, adaptive design tool, contamination


It is well known that programs and places are agents of educational process, but the interaction between them is very different during each of the 5 years of an architectural degree course.

Since its launch in 1991, Ferrara school of architecture has experimented a new teaching method in Italy based on interdisciplinary laboratories, inspired to the Bologna Agreement. The themes on which these laboratories were based were mainly referred to project of new settlements.

This interaction through design between disciplines and new settlements was for many years in Italy the leitmotif of teaching methods until the beginning of the new century, when following the building boom it was clear how the speculative bubble would burst out loud, leading to a revision of the global economic system and to the consequent effects on the architectural design role. It was precisely from those years that in Ferrara the introduction of themes related to the recovery of disused or fragile areas was started, with particular attention to the relationship between built landscape, dismissed areas and regeneration processes.

How to Cite

Massarente, A. (2019). The Educational Processes Between Program and Places. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 210–215.



Author Biography

Alessandro Massarente, University of Ferrara

Architect, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Ferrara. He is teaching since 1992 at the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara. PhD in ‘Methodology problems in architectural design’, he was a university researcher since 1999 in Architectural and urban Design at the First Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico of Turin and since 2004 at the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara. Author or editor of more than two hundred articles, essays and books on design tools and methods, in particular dedicated to the relation between historical urban lanscape and contemporary architecture.