Students will live in a residence in Sottochiesa, a charming village, 15 minutes away from the world famous San Pellegrino Terme. Large, Italian style lunch will be provided daily in the field or at the residence, depending on the activity. Students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinner (apartments have kitchen), and their own food on weekends. Once each week, the Project Director and the entire team will eat dinner together at a local restaurant.
Accommodation is provided in Sottochiesa, Taleggio Valley (Bg), Italy. One or two bedroom apartments with double or triple occupancy rooms will be offered to the students. Each apartment will have a kitchen and bathroom to be shared among the occupants. Shared working studio areas and open-air studio spaces will be provided. Students are expected to consider the studio as the base of their research on site and to spend most of their time outdoors. Indoor large spaces and/or tools studios are limited but available for communal activities.
Students are expected to participate to all programmed activities and to fulfill one relevant objective of this class: namely, the class expects to bring participants into active engagement with each other in addition to the natural environment. Daily collegial interaction with other students is an essential dimension of the experience, and students are expected to discuss their projects, receive, and provide feedback. Students are expected to take advantage of their staying by spending their time in the Valley, experiencing the alpine environment, visiting sites, contacting local people, working with traditional and innovative materials, experimenting with old and new technologies, sharing reflections and contents in workshop sessions, promoting their works in public happenings, and producing the final class project.