INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL 2023 Pescara 29 agosto – 9 settembre

LAND AND SEA IN TRANSITION beyond the coastal defences in the middle-adriatic sea


Pescara 29 agosto – 9 settembre


Department of Architecture – G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara
Degree Course in Architecture, Degree Course in Sustainable Habitat 
Sciences (DdA Pescara)
Delft University of Technology – TU Delft
HAUP – TU Delft Chair of History of Architecture & Urban Planning



Delft University of Technology; New York Institute of Technology; Roma Tre University; Universidad Central del Este; University of Derna; University of Ferrara



Legambiente Abruzzo; Italian Coastal Landscapes Observatory; DMC Costa dei Trabocchi; GAL Costa dei Trabocchi; Polo INOLTRA; Abruzzo Region; Municipality of Fossacesia; Municipality of Torino di Sangro; Municipality of Vasto



Seascape International Journal



Coastal cities are unique territories, currently subject to multiple global and local challenges. At the intersection of land and water, they are called to identify strategies to better adapt to future treats. Extreme weather conditions and sea level rise are putting coastal cities under pressure posing the question: how will they respond to water challenges in the future? Current approaches to water and coasts have proposed so far technical interventions such as the construction of piers, breakwater reefs, dikes, cliff defences, built to mainly protect people from water. New narratives and mindsets are therefore much needed to allow coastal cities to move beyond pure engineering and propose solutions able to combine risk mitigation with ecological resilience and new public spaces on water.

The Pescara Summer School 2023 addresses the topic of living with water through research by design approach. It looks at the land-sea transition spaces as vulnerable and critical areas. They are porous territories with movable boundaries. They stand as places for observation that allow to investigate the on-going transformations of coastal cities and the territorial fragilities resulting from the current environmental crisis. The land-sea transition is thus proposed as a design tool to envision new conditions and habitats that may support a renewed coexistence with water from an environmental, economic and cultural perspective.

The Pescara Summer School is developed in cooperation with TU Delft and it builds upon activities carried out by the PortCityFutures research group such as the development of the MOOC on “Water Works: Activating Heritage for Sustainable Development”. The MOOC addresses water as a system arguing that understanding the complex and diverse water systems and values of the past is key to respond to contemporary and future challenges. 


Pescara Summer Schools are open to students coming from other Italian and foreign universities too. The 2023 edition of the Summer School is open to students from G. d’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Delft University of Technology, Universidad Central del Este, University of Derna and University of Ferrara. The cooperation with universities, institutional bodies and interested associations, strengthens the contribution of scientific research to the governance, design, and planning processes.

The participating students from the Department of Architecture of Pescara are mainly the ones interested in the educational activities of the 5th year single-disciplinary courses within the final degree Workshops in Architectural Design or Urban Design and Planning (8 CFU). The Summer School is also open to Dd’A students enrolled in the Design Workshops 3 and 4 and to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Habitat for whom 4 CFU will be recognized as elective credits.

The Summer School programme includes Design Workshop, Plenary Conferences and Cultural Events. This edition aims to investigate land-sea integration scenarios to enhance the resilience of coastal systems, operating on target areas along the Abruzzo coast. The experimental projects will revolve around two coastal stretches, characterized by the specificity and relevance of the topics covered: Fossacesia-Torino di Sangro; Vasto. Project proposals, conceived at the urban and architectural levels, are aimed at developing an integrated vision of maritime coastal defence infrastructures within the coastal landscape, as territorial elements characterised by ecological values, particularly through their relations with the place they have been set.

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For registration: interested students can send an e-mail to



Scientific Coordination:

prof. Matteo di Venosa (Ud’A), prof. Dr. ing. Carola Hein (TU Delft)

Educational Coordination:

proff. Matteo di Venosa, Susanna Ferrini, Carlo Prati (Ud’A)

with proff. Federico Bilò (Ud’A), Maria Grazia Cianci (UniRomaTre), Antonio A. Clemente (Ud’A), Romeo Farinella (UniFe), Stefania Gruosso, Michele Manigrasso, Paola Misino, Lorenzo Pignatti, Domenico Potenza (Ud’A)

Tutoring Coordination:

Paolo De Martino (IUAV - TU Delft), Lia Fedele (Ud’A), John Hanna (TU Delft), Michele Manigrasso (Ud’A), Muamer Tabakovic (TU Delft), Silvia Tauro (Legambiente Abruzzo)

Summer School Secretary:

Lia Fedele, Stella Lolli, Angelica Nanni (Ud’A)


Matteo Almonti, Antonio Bocca, Claudio Costantino, Samuele Finocchi, Grazia Giannandrea, Stella Lolli, Stefano Manias, Angelica Nanni, Nimoe Priore, Mandrick Quejano, Giorgia Rodelli, Francesca Maria Santobuono, Sirja Spiritoso, Alessia Tucci (Ud’A)