Beyond the University Dorm Summer School

Cities and Universities discover the power of collaboration

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What do universities as “learning hubs” signify for the cities of the future?
Driven by the demands of diversifying knowledge-based and globalized economy, university hubs need a close collaboration with city and local business as platform of innovative change. The 21st-century university city necessitates openness and partnership satisfying new way of working and living.
This transformation passes through the student housing: campuses are being redeveloped around a new idea of community. With the increase of freelancers, contract workers and other “global nomads”, young employees are much less tied to specific locations and working hours. On a side, a new itinerant workforce that can work almost from anywhere is rising up. On the other side, because the workspace has been eliminated as a site of social interaction, many such people are struggling to make meaningful connections. Co-living platforms are an important way to fill up this necessity, recreating the traditional neighborhood communities in a compact building.

This summer school focuses on how university dorm is becoming an experimental ground for innovative ways of living.

It implies architectural and urban design. The site is in an historical area of Torino: Piazzale Amelia Piccinini.

Students will be asked to design a residential dorm with functions defining social interaction with the city and outdoor public spaces.

Participants will receive 4 ECTS upon successful completion of a final work.
Students will be asked to collect images, texts and any other material for book publication about the workshop activities.

Lectures by

  • Lorena Alessio - Politecnico di Torino
  • Makoto Shin Watanabe - Hosei University
  • Enrico Moncalvo - Politecnico di Torino
  • Walter la Gamma - Ceur Foundation
  • Sandra Poletto - Ceur Foundation
  • Giacomo Leonardi- Torino City Council

Final Critic

  • Lorena Alessio - Politecnico di Torino
  • Makoto Shin Watanabe - Hosei University
  • Guido Montanari - Vice Mayor, Torino City Council
  • Liliana Mazza - Town Planning Manager, Torino City Council
  • Walter La Gamma - Ceur Foundation
  • Sandra Poletto - Ceur Foundation
  • Riccardo Roselli - King Roselli Architetti


  • Elisa Dellarossa
  • Carola Novara


Politecnico di Torino, Italy


September 4th - 15th, 2017


All the activities will be held in English


The program is open to 3rd year Undergraduate students and Graduate students in the Architectural and Urban Design fields.


The total fee of 700 Euro covers:

  • Workshop participation;
  • Tutoring for the whole academic activity;
  • Materials;
  • Farewell dinner;
  • Insurance coverage for accidents occurring on the university premises.

Flight tickets, visa fees, accommodation, meals and travel/medical insurance are not included.

Students currently enrolled in an academic program of the Politecnico di Torino who are up-to-date with their tuition fees payment are entitled to a participation fee of 150 Euro.


Accommodation costs are not included; for reservation at Camplus Lingotto, please refer to, specifying “Beyond the University Dorm - Summer School”

Application and deadlines

To apply, fill in the online application form by first registering and providing your biographical information.

After the registration, you will receive within 24 hours a confirmation message on your e-mail with a username and a password, with which you can log in and access the application form.

Please provide information on your previous educational career, select the Summer School program “Beyond in University Dorm”, and attach the following documentation:

  • Passport or ID Card
  • A short Portfolio
  • Curriculum Vitae

The application must be submitted by June 15th, 2017.

Selection outcomes will be available by June 30th, 2017.

Program Coordinator

Lorena Alessio

(M.Arch Pratt Institute New York, PhD Nihon University Tokyo) is Assistant Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at Politecnico di Torino, and Architect founder of LAA+. She has been Visiting Associate Professor at Hosei University, Tokyo.

Among her recent projects, a masterplan and preliminary design for mix-use facility project in Taiwan and restyling of commercial spaces in Italy and Japan. She recently founded the group H.E.L.P. – Housing in Emergency for Life and People to support after earthquake temporary re-construction in Central Italy. She has been writing about Japanese contemporary architecture and cities.


International Relations Office


A minimum of 5 participants is required in order to activate the program.

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