Summer School

University of Brescia

Department of Civil, Architectural, Environmental Engineering and Mathematics


in collaboration with:


organise an International Summer School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Drawing by Sereno Marco Innocenti & Mariachiara Bonetti


Universal Design and Sustainable Tourism:

Cidneo Hill and its Castle in Brescia - 2nd Attack


Brescia, 17th – 26th July 2018

The International Summer School has been recognized as event within
the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

"Our heritage: where the past meets the future"



Educational goals 


Scientific Responsible and Committee




Contributions, Partnerss, Patronages, Technical Sponsors



After the 2017 Editon (1st Attack), this year University of Brescia propose the 2nd Attack!
International Summer School (ISS) for Advanced Studies in the form of workshop wil be focused once again on the theme of accessibility to cultural heritage and its enhancement with an interdisciplinary approach in the perspective of Universal Design.
The Summer School refers to skills that at DICATAM have been developed over the last 20 years and have seen the birth of the Brixia Accessibility Lab.The project is also connected to the new network Italian Accessibility Labs which involves, in addition to the University of Brescia, the Polytechnic of Turin, the University Ca 'Foscari of Venice,  the University of Trieste, the University of Florence, the University Federico II of Naples and the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.
his synergy is related to an educational offer where the concept of accessibility, read in holistic form, as well as being a enhancement tool for people, it is also a collective resource that can elevate the social capital of a community. More accessible environments and services, in fact, while expanding individual freedoms, social opportunities and knowledge, encourage each person to participate in community life and to contribute to the growth of the society.
In particular accessibility to cultural heritage is first and foremost the ability to enjoy it, to relate, to make it an experience area.
The accessibility of cultural heritage therefore it is not only a technical or regulatory aspect, but cuts across many different knowledge and sensitivity. The ISS has the ambition to be a place of education and discussion, a pretext to induce experts from different disciplines to confront on this issue, an invitation to reflect seriously on the meaning of Heritage.
The ISS is able to meet the specific needs expressed by the working world and academia, providing a current specialization course aligned with the best practices of the best universities in designing.

Educational goals

- Providing methodological and operational planning instruments relating to issues of accessibility to cultural heritage and to its concrete and real enhancement for: implementing design strategies on cultural heritage and to the scale of the building that the urban scale; giving the designer a social profile as well as technical; understanding how actions that promote the cultural heritage and culture have a high socio-economic content both for the visitor and the residents which guard that good;
Favoring '"horizontal learning" in which students, working side by side, have the opportunity to transmit and share their knowledge;
- Operating a collective verification of theoretical approaches and interdisciplinary reference systems  in order to expand the individual information field.

During the 1st Attack a general view on the relationship between Cidneo hill and its Castle and the city of Brescia was analyzed. This year we will enter into the Castle and in the surrounding  park on the hill to focus the designin of some given particular area.


1st Day: 17th July 2018
8,30 - 9,00 Welcome address by Academic and City Authorities
9,00 – 11,00 Introduction by Alberto Arenghi (University of Brescia)

Report and Results from Edition 2017 (1st Attack)
11,00 – 13,00 Lecture by Alberto Arenghi (University of Brescia)
Universal Design, Accessibility and Sustainability
14,30 – 19,00 Guided site visit with life drawing

2nd Day: 18th July 2018
8,30 – 10,45 Lecture by Irene Giustina and Cristiano Guarneri (University of Brescia)

History of the Castle in Brescia
10,45 – 13,00 Lecture by Oddbjørn Sørmoen (KA Norwegian Association for Church Employers, Oslo)
Access to Life. An Accessibility Rethink
14,00- 16,00
Lecture by Michelle Bonera (University of Brescia)
Sustainable Tourism Marketing

16,00 – 19,30 Teamwork with the presentation by Nicola Berlucchi (Brescia Musei)
Cidneo Hill and its Castle: Ideas and Projects over the Last Ten Years


3rd Day: 19th July 2018
8,30 – 10,45 Lecture by Steven Semes (Notre Dame University, Indiana)

International Perspectives on Conservation Theory and Practice
10,45 – 13,00 Lecture by Valeria Pracchi (Polytechnic of Milan)
Conservation and Accessibility
14,00- 19,30 Teamwork


4th Day: 20th July 2018
8,30 – 10,45 Lecture by Antonio Scarponi (Conceptual Devices, Zurich)

Triangular Design Manifesto
10,45 – 13,00 Lecture by Mariachiara Bonetti (University of Brescia)
Accessibility to the Castles: Case Studies
14,00- 16,00 Lecture by Inger Marie Lid (VID Specialized University, Oslo)
Access to Cultural Heritage: a Multiscaled Approach
16,00 – 19,30 Teamwork


5th Day: 21st July 2018
8,30 – 10,45
Lecture by Fernando Fabian Navarro Mata (Tecnológico de Monterrey)
Accessibility and Urban Health between Neighbourhoods in an Extended Mexican City Looking for a Re-densification

10,45 – 13,00
Lecture by Lucia Baracco (Lettura Agevolata)
Legibility Matters

14,00 – 19,30 Teamwork

6th Day: 22nd July 2018
Free day


7th Day: 23rd July 2018
8,30 – 10,45
Lecture by Luca Baraldi (Fundación Con-ciencia, Ibagué, Colombia)
Culture as a Driver for Inclusive Development: a Methodological Turn for International Policies

10,45 – 13,00 Lecture by Stefano Francesco Musso (University of Genova)
Preserve/Restore Castles and Fortresses, to Live Them

14,00 – 19,30 Teamwork

8th Day: 24th July 2018
8,30 – 10,45
Joao Pedro Falcao de Campos (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon)
Three Structuring Projects in the Centre of the City of Lisbon

10,45 – 13,00 Lecture by
Lecture by Pier Federico Mauro Caliari (Polytechnic of Milan)
Cultural Offer and Accessibility. Musealization as an Inclusive Strategy

14,00- 16,00 Lecture by Giulia Bencini (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice)
Accessibility and Inclusive Communication: a Universal Design approach using the ICF framework

16,00 – 19,30 Teamwork


9th Day: 25th July 2018
9,00 – 13,00 Teamwork
14,00 – 19,30 Teamwork

10th Day: 26th July 2018
9,00 – 13,00 Teamwork
14,00 – 16,00 Exhibition mounting
at Brescia's Urban Center
16,00 – 17,00 Critique
18,30 Exhibition Opening at Brescia's Urban Center
19,00 Conclusion and Final Greetings

Scientific Responsible

Alberto Arenghi (University of Brescia)

Scientific Committee

Giulia Bencini (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice)
Mariachiara Bonetti (University of Brescia)
Michelle Bonera (University of Brescia)
Daniela Bosia (Polytechnic of Turin)
Hugo Damien Gutierrez Cota
(Tecnológico de Monterrey)
Massimo De Paoli (University of Brescia)
Lisa Cagnin (POLIDesign of Milan)
Anna Cardinaletti (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice)
Barbara Chiarelli
(University of Trieste)
Carlotta Coccoli (University of Brescia)
Ilaria Garofolo (University of Trieste)
Emanuele Giorgi
(Tecnológico de Monterrey)
Irene Italia Giustina (University of Brescia)
Cristiano Guarneri
(University of Brescia)
Sereno Marco Innocenti (University of Brescia)
Olivia Longo (University of Brescia)
Annunziata Maria Oteri (Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria)
Andrea Pane
(University Federico II of Naples)
Ivana Passamani (University of Brescia)

Michéle Pezzagno (University of Brescia)
Renata Picone (University Federico II of Naples)
Valeria Pracchi
(Polytechnic of Milan)
Elisa Sala
(University of Brescia)
Silvia Rossetti
(University of Brescia)
Lorenzo Savio
(Polytechnic of Turin)
Steven Semes (University of Notre Dame)

Michela Tiboni (University of Brescia)


The Summer School is free so no fees are to be paid.
The costs are related to the accommodation (about 200 €/person a week) and the meals (about 200 €/person a week) and we hope to cover the cost of the meals with some sponsors. These costs will be paid on site.

Admitted Students

The Summer School is mainly addressed to students attending the Master Courses in Civil Engineering, in Architecture or Civil-Architectural Engineering,  students who have gotten their Master Degree in Civil Engineering, in Architecture or Civil-Architectural Engineering in 2018, PhD in Civil Engineering and Architecture or Graduate School in Architectural and Landscape Heritage.

Students coming from Italian Universities will be admitted to the Summer School by considering their grade average of the exams (or their Master Degree mark for PhD students) and evaluating a personal motivation letter detailing why they would like to attend the Summer School.

Students coming from non Italian Universities will be admitted on the base of the selection made by their University Tutors.

All the students have to fill the Registration Form available below which must be sent with the Identity Document, the motivational letter and an official document with the grade average of the exams (or their Master Degree mark for PhD students) accordingly with what is stated above by 15th June 2018 (Extended until 30th June) to the following email address:
The result of the admission will be communicated by 30th June 2018 (10th July).


The teaching activity will be hold at the northern University Campus.
In particular lectures will take place in the Auditorium of the Collegio Lucchini, while teamwork will be developed at Sala Polivalente. The two places are really close one another connected by an internal path within the Campus.

- students and tutors at the Student House Casa Marcolini Facella,
Via delle Grazzine n. 14
- lecturers at Hotel Impero, Via Triumplina n. 6

- students and tutors at Campus Caffetteria, Via Valotti n. 3
- lecturers at Hotel Impero, Via Triumplina n. 6

- students, tutotrs and lectures at Campus Caffetteria, Via Valotti n. 3

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch&Dinner have been already booked by the University of Brescia


International Summer School_Brescia 2018

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