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Mediterranean Landscape Urbanism MMLU@AA

Second level International Master in Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Architecture at Alghero
a.a. 2009/2010



Wednesday 10th June 2009 Presentation of the International Master

Facing urgent sustainable development issues centre of any contemporary political, cultural and social debate, the idea is to organise a Master to fulfil the needs to manage and to propose possible best uses for Mediterranean landscapes and territories through training specific design and planning skilled professionals.

The Master aims to focus on different important themes:
The peculiar transcultural character of the Mediterranean geo-region
A specific approach is to be defined for Sustainable Development strategies and techniques to better fit the specific characters of the region.
The Mediterranean region is a wide area whose characters are influenced by the presence of the Mediterranean basin where different world relevant cultures have developed over millenniums thanks to a special climate and specific material conditions. The strategic geographical position in between three different continents together with its ecological fragility present a region already heavily modified in its peculiar characteristics by developing dynamics that suggest to urgently pursue an effective way to face and to “re-transform” Mediterranean contexts with appropriate sustainable development methods.

Go beyond the boundaries of the disciplines
Experts in Sustainable Design for the specific issues shown in the Mediterranean Region are currently still missing although great interest can be found into the related disciplines of architecture, urbanism, planning, engineering, agronomy, forestry and different ecological and biological disciplines. A Landscape Architect is an expert professional that can well fit the task to face contemporary Mediterranean regions and landscapes needs with his multidisciplinary (“olistic”) knowledge and skills to conceive, to design, and to manage the transformation process.

A program that fits the challenge for the Mediterranean landscapes
This II level Master in Landscape Architecture has the general aim to train experts for facing Mediterranean urban, peri-urban, agricultural and natural territories keeping in mind the complex texture of a unique historical and cultural heritage together with a very special peculiar natural environment. The students will be trained to manage designs and interventions through different scales of Mediterranean territorial sustainable design, taking into account the specific cultural and environmental issues while studying and comparing relevant different international “best practices” examples. Moreover an interdisciplinary training and research net focused on the different fields related to planning and design intervention is meant to address not only to the strict Mediterranean basin but also to the larger Mediterranean climate region as California, South Africa, Australia.

The program aims to provide both practical skills and a solid theoretical base through experience international teaching staff.

Professors: Jordi Bellmunt (Barcellona), Paola Cannavò (Berlino-Cosenza), Michel Corajoud (Paris), Maria Goula (Barcellona), Helene Hoelzl (Bolzano), Giovanni Maciocco (Alghero), Jala Makzoumi (beirut), Daniela Moderini (Venezia), Ipolita Nicotera (Studio.Eu – Berlino), Franco Panzini (Roma), Alessandra Ponte (New York – Montreal), Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec (Montreal), Marc Pouzol (Studio LeBalto, Berlino), Martin Rein-Cano (Topotek 1 – Berlino), Silvia Serreli (Alghero), Mark Treib (Berkeley), Georges Teyssot (Quebec), Stefan Tischer (Alghero), Franco Zagari (Roma), Uta Zorzi-Mühlmann (Roma).

Admission qualification requirements
One of the following qualifications: University degree according to the Italian Law (D.M. n. 270/04, D.M. n. 509/99 or University Degree according a previous system before the D.M. N° 509/99); Foreign countries degree recognised as equivalent to the Italian degree by the Master Teachers College

Term, structure and teaching program
The Master is organised in four parts over a period of 16 months. Its activities are: frontal/ classroom teaching, assisted workshop activity, assisted study activity, distance individual and collective teaching/ learning activity (45 cfu/ECTS), apprenticeship (10 cfu/ECTS) and a final project (5 cfu/ECTS).
The first, second and third parts concern compulsory activities (master classes and design workshops) and optional activities (classes and seminars) according to the students interests and skill. The fourth part is dedicated to professional landscape project activity and practice, to be concluded with a final dissertation related to the apprenticeship program; apprenticeship is also possible in the participants workplace provided on a specific program to be arranged with the Master Teachers.


Course attendance is compulsory: at least 70% of activities.

At the completion of the Master a certificate with the title of Second Level University Master in Landscape Architecture: Mediterranean Landscape Urbanism - University of Sassari, Faculty of Architecture - will be issued to the students, provided that they have attended all the activities and tasks for each part of the course and have passed the final exam with a written dissertation regarding design issues (tesi).

Admission rules
Admission rules will be announced by special notices.


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