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14-22 september 2019

design+build workshop




Politecnico di Torino-DAD + atelier mobile + VIVIAMOLAq

design+build workshop on facilities linked to mobility spaces and public places in L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy


How can we transform urban spaces for mobility into public multifunctional spaces to gather people of different ages and backgrounds?


The workshop started with site visits and lectures on the city, mobility, design+build case studies and the results of the previous workshop Build-Use-Stay held by the local association VIVIAMOLAq and the Università degli Studi dell'Aquila. Visiting critics took part to the collective discussions and presented in a series of lectures their professional or educational work on similar topics.

After the survey of three critical sites, the bus stop at Monteluco di Roio, venue of the Engeneering School of the University, was chosen to develop the design of a structure giving rest places, shadow, view points and domesticity to a vastly void area sorrounded by a fascinating landscape.

The design scheme was developed sketching on the common board, model making, comparison of different solutions, condensed in a final proposal, a zigzaging wall embracing the existing stop and following the turn of the bus route to host seats and openings to the views on the Appennines.

The structure was built with a 'building box' composed by beams and planks in larch timber, with the assistance of the tutoring team.


The workshop was held with the support of Comune de L'Aquila and Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia dell'Aquila




silvia gron_politecnico di torino

luca barello_atelier mobile



niccolò suraci, cristiano tosco_politecnico di torino+atelier mobile

giuseppe mastrangelo, matteo de marco_viviamolaq


atelier participants_

sarah bahmani, giorgia cisotto, andrés felipe cruz rodriguez, alessandra cusanno, tuan dao ngoc,

ernesto mario frigerio, alper gültekin, soha hijazi, anton krassa, gianluca lama, ziqi liang,

flaminia marafelli, nicolò micucci, fabrizia muci, emiljan prenga, marta saniewska,

corrado scudellaro, jiapei song, difan yu, qingwei zhou


lecturers (preliminary phase in torino)_

carla bartolozzi, roberto giordano, paolo mellano_politecnico di torino


safety instructors (preliminary phase in torino)_

valentino manni, corrado carbonaro, angela lacirignola_LaSTIn-politecnico di torino


visiting critics (workshop)_

elena barthel_rural studio, auburn university

giacomo borella_studio albori, milano

antonello alici_univpm

lorenzo netti_politecnico di bari

fabio andreassi_università di sassari

paola rizzi_università dell'aquila


atelier mobile

is a cultural association aiming to combine education to experimental projects and multidisciplinary events with the involvement of local communities. Since 2011 it runs international design+build workshops, interactive exhibitions, and seminars.


atelier mobile

è un'associazione culturale dedicata a coniugare l'educazione con progetti sperimentali ed eventi multidisciplinari con la partecipazione delle comunità locali. Dal 2011 organizza workshop di progetto+costruzione, mostre interattive e seminari internazionali.