Visiting USI-ARC Mendrisio
2023
18 – 25 July


Days: 8
Lectures: 8
Studio: 6
Studio work: 54 hours
Current price: 1100 €


Ambra Fabi
ASBR
Dario Franchini
Diego Calderon
Fondamenta
Giulia & Hermes Killer
Ivo Barão
Jonathan Sergison
Matteo Ghidoni
Oliver Lütjens
Thomas Padmanabhan
ABOUT

Following the successful experience of the Summer School in Porto and the Visiting programs in Mexico City and Versailles, Porto Academy aims now to a new Visiting School entitled Visiting USI-ARC Mendrisio, that will take place from July 18 to July 25 2023 in the district of Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland.
The Visiting USI-ARC Mendrisio program will be a celebration of the 10 years of existence of the Porto Academy which started in 2013. What was meant to be a once off happening turned into a succession of unforgettable moments of shared knowledge and experiences.
Accademia di Mendrisio and Porto Academy share this common ground of interest and passion for the discipline of architecture. This is reflected by the quality of the different guests tutors who are recognized by their work in the field of education and practice. But also for the students or practitioners who are also coming from a wide range of origins turning this into an international and multicultural experience of learning.

WHERE
The Visiting School program will take place in the prestigious Accademia di Architettura-USI Mendrisio in Switzerland.

WHEN
Porto Academy Visiting School will happen from the 18th to the 25th July 2023.

WHO CAN TAKE PART
The Visiting School is open to students, graduates in architecture and related disciplines and to people with an appropriate background and professional experience in the architectural field.

TICKETS INCLUDES
Days: 8
Lectures: 8
Studios: 6
Studio Work: 54 hours
Accommodation: 9 nights
** For price without accommodation please contact us

FEES
950€ During January
1000€ During February
1050€ During March
1100€ During April
1150€ During May
1200€ During June
1300€ During July

* Fees include accommodation limited to 50 places
** For price without accommodation please contact us




Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio - Casa dell’Accademia

On the Mendrisio Campus, just ten minutes from Palazzo Canavée, stands the Casa dell’Accademia, a residential complex which houses up to 72 students. The complex, designed by architects Carola Barchi and Ludovica Molo with the collaboration of Jachen Könz, consists of two rectangular reinforced concrete buildings set parallel to each other and separated by a garden. Laid out on three floors are 18 apartments (3 of them designed for the disabled), with some 90 sqm of floor space, containing four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room and kitchen. The apartments come complete with furniture (beds with storage space on wheels, closets, table, chairs, sofa and armchairs, fully-fitted kitchen), with the exception of linen, cutlery and crockery, pots and pans. On the lower floor are the laundry room, cellars and parking space for bikes. An elevator goes to the apartments allowing disabled access. The outdoor car park has 10 rental spaces and 6 for visitors. Rooms can be rented annually by submitting the application form, duly completed, by 10 August of each year. The accommodation is managed by the Casa dell’Accademia Foundation, responsible for allocating places in compliance with the rules of the Protocol. Its statutes require the Foundation Council to have eight members.

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Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio - Palazzo Turconi

The Academy of Architecture offers an innovative, interdisciplinary, humanist and generalist educational and teaching model, suitable for our times. This has enabled the school to make a name for itself and play a leading role in the international panorama of architecture schools. The Academy is one of the five faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and is based in Mendrisio. Direct learning through practical work in the design studios under the tutelage of authoritative internationally renowned architects is accompanied by a rich offering of courses in history and the humanities, where the teaching is devoted to the history of architecture and art, philosophy, sociology and technical-scientific courses open to contemporary issues and advanced courses in the representation of the project. Together with a training in architecture, a course of study in the history and theory of art and architecture completes the school’s offerings, giving further depth to its humanist vocation and cultural dimension. The educational offering of the school is part of a broader mission, which includes scientific research, in the historical-artistic field as well as the architectural-urbanistic, and cultural activities, which range from a rich programme of conferences and publications to exhibitions and other events in the Theatre of Architecture.

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Gyptec

Gyptec Ibérica, a portuguese company part of the Preceram Group, has been engaged in the production of laminated gypsum boards (also known as plasterboards), using clean and environmentally sustainable methods, since 2009 The Industrial and Business Cluster of Figueira da Foz, where Gyptec is located, is part of the most complete node of traffic distribution in the central region of Portugal, where the maritime, rail and road networks are all interconnected. A pioneer in the production of gypsum boards in Portugal, Gyptec develops solutions, for construction and rehabilitation, resistant to fire, impact and humidity, with high thermal and acoustic performance. Gyptec gypsum boards are rated A+ for indoor air quality. This qualification comes from the French regulations for emissions of volatile pollutants, with Category A+ being the best indoor air quality classification. Gyptec products are certified and internationally recognized for their excellent quality, being an essential presence in the main works of the entire Iberian Peninsula.

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PANORAMAH!

With surfaces above 98% structural glass, minimalist windows are all about glazing. From an industrial point of view, more significant glass dimensions require larger tempering furnaces, smooth operability and technical performances impose precision and higher quality standards, often more demanding than defined by international glass processing norms. To keep up with new challenges, panoramah! verticalized its industrial activity and integrated glass transformation in 2011. Continuously investing in its transformation capacity ever since, it became one of the largest glass transformers in Europe with a 9-metre furnace and the ability to process double- and triple-glazed units up to 29 sqm. This capacity has proved critical in different processes, mainly as glass progressively absorbs new functions, admits irregular and curved shapes or assumes various aesthetic requirements. panoramah! is currently the only manufacturer of minimalist windows in the world that processes and manufactures the main components of its systems, having full control and accountability over the entire process. From design to manufacture and installation, we answer for the complete system, both glass and aluminium. We streamlined glass transformation, adaptation to the system and transportation to the job site, rendering an apparently risky and complex procedure into an everyday job. Furthermore, with built experience in over 60 different countries and a strong network of more than 50 certified specialized partners, panoramah! is effectively present throughout the globe. Supported by our team, this network is composed by fully experienced technicians that ensure a constant presence at all stages, from glazing consulting to installation and long-term maintenance.

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18th Tuesday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Check in
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
11:00h
Introduction to the Studios
13:00h
Lunch Break
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
14:00h
Visit Bellinzona
Bagno pubblico di Bellinzona by Aurelio Galfetti
15:00h
Visit Bellinzona
Piazza del Sole by Livio Vachini
16:00h
Visit Bellinzona
Castelgrande by Aurelio Galfetti
17:00h
Visit Monte Carasso
by Luigi Snozzi

 
19th Wednesday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Lecture
DF_DC
11:00h
Lecture
Piovene Fabi
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
20th Thursday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Lecture
Fondamenta
11:00h
Lecture
ASBR
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
21st Friday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Studio Work
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
22nd Saturday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Lecture
Giulia & Hermes Killer
11:00h
Lecture
Barão Hutter
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
19:00h
Lecture
Sergison Bates

 
23rd Sunday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Lecture
Lütjens Padmanabhan
11:00h
Lecture
Salottobuono
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
24th Monday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Visit Como
Casa del Fascio by Giuseppe Terragni
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
25th Tuesday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
17:00h
Studio Exhibitions, Studio Presentations and Diploma Ceremony
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 

18th Tuesday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Check in
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
11:00h
Introduction to the Studios
13:00h
Lunch Break
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
14:00h
Visit Bellinzona
Bagno pubblico di Bellinzona by Aurelio Galfetti
15:00h
Visit Bellinzona
Piazza del Sole by Livio Vachini
16:00h
Visit Bellinzona
Castelgrande by Aurelio Galfetti
17:00h
Visit Monte Carasso
by Luigi Snozzi

 
19th Wednesday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Lecture
DF_DC
11:00h
Lecture
Piovene Fabi
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
20th Thursday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Lecture
Fondamenta
11:00h
Lecture
ASBR
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
21st Friday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Studio Work
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
22nd Saturday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Lecture
Giulia & Hermes Killer
11:00h
Lecture
Barão Hutter
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
19:00h
Lecture
Sergison Bates

 
23rd Sunday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Lecture
Lütjens Padmanabhan
11:00h
Lecture
Salottobuono
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
24th Monday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Visit Como
Casa del Fascio by Giuseppe Terragni
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 
25th Tuesday
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
10:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
13:00h
Lunch Break
14:00h
Studio Work
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi
17:00h
Studio Exhibitions, Studio Presentations and Diploma Ceremony
Accademia di Architettura, Palazzo Turconi

 

GENERAL REGULATION
Porto Academy will not be liable for any losses (included, but not limited to: travel and accommodation costs) arising as a consequence of any modification or cancellation of studio and lectures time-tabling constraints as set out above beyond the cost of the visiting school. Porto Academy shall not be liable for any failure or delay in the visiting school, in whole or part, of any of our obligations arising from or attributable to acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond our reasonable control.

Porto Academy reserves the right, at any time, to update and introduce changes and additions to the rules set out in the General Regulation and Terms and Conditions, without prior communication, so the ticket holder must, periodically, to stay informed, consult and review it on the official website, which will always contain the updated version and cannot claim to be unaware of any changes and additions made.

Porto Academy is authorized to use any pictures or videos that will be taken by Porto Academy authorized staff during the course for educational purposes and to promote Porto Academy.

Porto Academy reserves the right to make any changes that in Porto Academy absolute discretion are considered necessary or appropriate for reasons of operational efficiency or due to any other circumstances that are beyond our control. Porto Academy reserves the right to amend or cancel a guest (studio or lecture) or change studio and lecture location and dates.
Porto Academy aims to present its participants with the quality announced in the program, but it is not responsible for not fulfilling the expectations of the participants.


LANGUAGE
The tuition language is English.

LECTURES
Lectures will be held in the auditorium or outside but always at the same venue where the workshops will happen. Lectures are held every day at 10 a.m. and 19 p.m., according to the program's schedule.

Participants and Guests are advised to be on time for the lectures. When inside the Auditorium the main doors of the auditorium will be closed 5 minutes after the beginning of a lecture, and participants are advised to use the back door preventing the interruption of the lecture.

The lectures as well as the workshops are held in English so everybody can understand as we always have participants from more than 50 different countries.

Porto Academy aims to be a pleasant and relaxed summer course; some delays are possible within a reasonable time.


STUDIO REGULATION
Participants having special mobility or other kinds of special needs should inform Porto Academy during registration in order to provide the best solution to make the summer course a comfortable experience.

Participants shall not leave any personal belongings unattended inside the studio's room or lecture’s room. Porto Academy cannot be held responsible for any thefts or damage that might be caused to Participants’ personal belongings.


STUDIO SELECTION
Studio selection is made after registration and confirmation of payment.
Participants will be assigned a studio, according to their preferences.
The Participant will fulfil a registration form with the name of the workshop leaders and select the studios by order of preference. The first option will be considered unless the number of the participants exceeds the vacancies of each studio. When this happens, a sortition will be made so participants will be placed on their following option.
In the end, all the classes should have the same number of participants. Porto Academy reserves the right to close the enrolments to one or more studios by considering the number of already enrolled participants.
During ‘Check in’, studio distribution is announced. Porto Academy participants are only allowed to change if they find a direct switch with another participant.


STUDIO
Each studio is composed of a Workshop Leader, an Assistant, and around 15 Participants.
The Workshop Leader is responsible for defining the workshop theme, its aims and its process. The Workshop Leader will assist the Participants’ work, arranging the final presentation together with the Assistant and the participants. The Assistant is responsible for advising and participating together with the Workshop Leader. The Assistant will give assistance to the Participants regarding their studio project.
The Workshop Leader, Assistant and participants are responsible for the cleaning of the room on the last day of Porto Academy. Each participant is responsible for taking good care of the building, the room, and furniture. Any damage caused will be at the participant’s responsibility.
Any class, activity or expenses regarding the studio work made outside the Faculty campus are not the responsibility of Porto Academy.


MATERIAL
We strongly suggest that participants should bring their personal electronic equipment and others one finds important (e.g. digital camera, laptop, special drawing material etc...).

BOOKLET
The design and content of the booklet is from the entire responsibility of the Workshop Leader, Assistant and Participants.
Porto Academy has the copyrights for any publication regarding Porto Academy courses including the booklets.

EXHIBITION
On the final day of the program Studios set up an exhibition with the work produced during the week. The exhibition will be open to all the Porto Academy participants.

FINAL PRESENTATION
On the last day of Porto Academy, every Studio will make a Presentation in an open event to the public.

DIPLOMA
All the Participants will receive a Diploma of Participation after the completion of the program.

EQUIPMENT
Participants should bring their own lap-top computers. WLAN is freely available. Personal equipment should be covered by participant's own insurance.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
Obtaining a Visa is a solely responsibility of each participant of the program. Porto Academy and Host have no responsibility.
The participants are responsible for arranging their own visa, notifications or permits from the Swiss migration authority.br>

DISCLAIMER
Porto Academy and Host Venue disclaim any liability for any damage to persons or property that may occur during the event. The participants are responsible for arranging their own visa, notifications or permits from the Swiss migration authority, insurance, including health insurance, travel and overnights, accidents, burglary, third party, liability, with specific (but not limited) reference to liability insurance for any damage caused to USI-Accademia.