Call for participation Summer school: Market Spaces, Production Sites and Sound Landscape of European Cities: from History to Regeneration

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Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali


The Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali is delighted to announce the: International Summer School

Università degli studi di Padova

in collaboration with University of Warwick and Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi

Market Spaces, Production Sites, and Sound Landscape of European Cities: From History to Regeneration

14-16 September 2020

22-24 March 2021

The Summer School will envisage a dual-mode program that consists of online classes (First Part) and  face-to-face activities (Second  Part). The first  module (14 -16  September 2020)  will  be dedicated to open talks via zoom meetings. The second module (22-24 March 2021) will encompass more specific activities, ‘field works’, and site visits to Padua and Venice. In between these two parts of the Summer School, all participants will remotely develop their project works.



  • Scientific Direction: Elena Svalduz (Università degli studi di Padova)
  • Scientific  Committee:  Donatella   Calabi   (Università   Iuav   di   Venezia),   Roberto   Calabretto (Università degli studi di Udine), Luca Molà (University of Warwick), Elena Svalduz (Università degli studi di Padova)
  • Scientific Secretariat: Martina Massaro (Università degli studi di Padova)
  • Universities and institutions involved: Museum of London; University of Antwerp; Université Lyon 2; London School of Economics; City Transformation Agency Barcellona; Université de Rouen; University of Cambridge; Save Europe’s Heritage; Université de Tours; I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies; University of St. Andrews; Venice in Peril
  • Duration: (first part) 14 -16 September 2020; (second part) 22-24 March 2021
  • Location: Università degli studi di Padova, Piazza Capitaniato, 3, 35139 Padua and Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi, San Marco, 2893, 30124, Venice
  • Prerequisites: This program is especially designed for PhD candidates, Master’s degree students, post-graduate students, early stage researchers, professional building designers (architects and engineers), scholars and professionals dealing with cultural heritage and interested in urban regeneration processes.
    The Summer School is opened to a maximum of 20 participants. Participants will be selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae and their specific fields of interest. Candidates are invited to submit their application in English before the deadline (31 July, 2020).
  • How to Apply: Interested students/early stage researchers will send a motivation letter and a cv including their contact details by 31 July, 2020 to the following email: martina.massaro[@]unipd.it Admitted candidates will be notified via email by 20 August, 2020.
  • Participation fees: admitted candidates will be requested to pay a participation fee of EUR 100 by September 5, 2020
  • Info: martina.massaro[@]unipd.it

The program offers a broad reflection on the topic of regeneration of market spaces and production sites by analyzing their history and impact as a cultural heritage, also in terms of sound landscapes. The Summer school schedule includes three different types of activities: introductory lectures (which will focus on substantive content and methodological tools); an in-depth analysis of some important  interventions  developed  on  European  market  areas  (among  the  others: London/Smithfield, Padua/the ‘Piazze’; Florence/the Market of San Lorenzo, Turin/ the Market of Porta Palazzo); and finally, a more practical component (field work) that will consider the Venetian case of Rialto.

The project works, developed by all participants under the guide of teachers and research assistants, will constitute a proposal for the cultural regeneration and reorganization of the activities around the Rialto market, including the so-called ‘Fabbriche Nuove’. This large building along with its pertinent surrounding spaces are  currently empty and  of  uncertain destination. Through  these several activities, participants will be asked to reflect on the complex dynamics and mechanisms of the urban history while dealing with present experiences and case studies, but also to produce hypotheses for the future.

Lectures and workshops will take place in Padua (University) and Venice (Ugo and Olga Levi Foundation). Class and laboratory activities will be accompanied by visits to specific sites of the two cities, collections (archives and museums), and artisan shops. These small tours will allow participants to explore and compare economic strategies, spaces and real architecture in connection with relevant historical sources in order to reconstruct the history and structure of market places.


Course schedule: First

Monday 14 September 2020


9.30-10.00: Elena Svalduz (Università degli studi di Padova) and Luca Molà (University of

Warwick), Introduction

10.00-11.00: Donatella Calabi (Università Iuav di Venezia), Market Spaces: a Challenge from the

Past to the Future


Case Studies:

Sharon Ament (Museum of London), London

Peter Stabel (University of Antwerp), Antwerp and the German Cities of the Hanseatic League


Presentation of Field Works/Discussion of Research Projects


Case Studies:

Natacha Coquery (Université Lyon 2), Paris

Antoni Vives (London School of Economics/City Transformation Agency Barcellona), Barcelona


Summary and Discussion

Tuesday 15 September 2020


Anna Bellavitis (Université de Rouen), Women, Work and Ecomomy in Early Modern Venice


Deborah Howard (University of Cambridge), Venice and the East (Venice and its Relations with the

Islamic World)


Luca Molà (University of Warwick)

The Art of Luxury in Venice. Production, Imitation, Innovation


Urban Regeneration and Market Spaces: some Cases

Marcus Binney (Save Europe’s Heritage), London, Smithfield Market;

Umberto Montano (Mercato Centrale), The “Mercati centrali”, Florence, Turin and Milan

Soléne Rivoal (Université de Tours), The Venetian fish market (and the Regeneration of Toulouse)

Simone Sfriso (Università di Portsmouth, TAMassociati), Venice a City of Commons?


Summary and Discussion


Wednesday 16 September 2020


Sheila Hale (Venice in Peril), The Restoration of Historical Buildings and International Fund- Raising: The Experience of Venice in Peril


Laura Moretti (University of St. Andrews), On the Market: Buying and Selling Artworks in Sixteenth-Century Venice


Ludovica Galeazzo (I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), The Digital Tools for Cultural Heritage


Nicola Orio (University of Padua), Culture/Turism as an Enabler for Sustainable Development


Summary and Discussion


Team Work/Project Works/Identification of Research Projects



Monday 22 March 2021 Padua


Elena Svalduz (Università degli studi di Padova), Architecture and Market Spaces: Padua and the Venetian Mainland in the Early Modern Age


Andrea Caracausi (Università degli studi di Padova), Sites of Production: Padua and the Venetian Mainland in the Early Modern Age

12.00-14.00: Martina Massaro (Università degli studi di Padova), Site visit: Padua and the Market Spaces (Lunch)


Summary and Discussion


Team Work/Project Works

Tuesday 23 March Venice/Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi


Luca Molà (University of Warwick) and Donatella Calabi (Università Iuav di Venezia),

Introduction to Venice


Website presentation www.venicesoundmap.eu by Paolo Zavagna together with the students in Electronic Music (Conservatorio di Musica “Benedetto Marcello” di Venezia)


Nuria Schoenberg Nono, Roberto Calabretto (Università degli studi di Udine),

Introduction to film showing Archipel Luigi Nono by Olivier Mille (1988)


Team work/project works


Gallerie dell’Accademia/Site Visit

Giulio Manieri Elia/Roberta Battaglia (Gallerie dell’Accademia)

Wednesday 24 March Venice/Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi


The Archive Tools/Site Visit

Giovanni Caniato (Archivio di Stato di Venezia)


Team work/project works


Presentation of the Project Works and their General Discussion for the Final

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