Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
VAA International Student Workshop & Competition 2014
July 7-18 2014
IUAV University of Venice, Professor Luigi Croce
, University of Udine
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VENICE – Palazzo Giustinian Lollin, near the Accademia Bridge across the Venice Grand Canal, was the venue of the fourth annual Venice Tall Building Workshop “The Towers of Venice,” organized by Luigi Croce.
The workshop, supported by CTBUH, offered students the opportunity to spend time in the city of Venice while learning about tall building design in the unique natural and cultural context of the lagoon.

The two week-long workshop, staged July 7 -18, featured lectures from professor Luigi Croce, University of Udine, as well as external professors and invited lecturers, including Jason Pomeroy from the University of Nottingham and Monika Thadhani and Chris Groesbeck from VOA Associates, Chicago.

Work by Dario Catozzi + Ruchi Dattani

Students were assigned to design a cluster of maximum 120-meter-tall towers for an abandoned industrial site on the border of the Venice lagoon, which is starting to attract interest from developers. The industrial site is located between the cities of Mestre and Marghera, with a combined population of 250,000, making it an ideal location for redevelopment.

In the very short time allocated, students had to design a general master plan and the towers, taking into account the many constraints imposed by the surrounding environment, including the industrial heritage, the proximity of the port of Venice and the history of the city, and focusing in particular on sustainable tall building design.
Work by Ilaria Tosato + Giada Pianca + Maddalena Gioco Work by Anita Aggio + Giovanni Nardo
Participation in the activities was free for all IUAV students, thanks to contributions from Permasteelisa, and Pomeroy Studio, which also allowed international students to attend for a nominal fee.

At the end of the workshop, students delivered architectural drawings and renderings containing all the elements of the project at various scales.

Organizers are already laying plans for next year's Venice Tall Building Workshop.

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