COURSE 2.5: Design seminar and case studies (16 ECTS)  


This block is focused on the Design Exercise on an emblematic case study for the architectural and urban heritage of the second half of the twentieth century: the church of the Alessandria sanatorium, designed and built by Ignazio Gardella in the Thirties. Therefore, The teaching activities will be carried out mainly in the form of a Project Laboratory, with periodic reviews of the students' work, project exercises and through some monographic lessons of theoretical and historical-critical introduction.


To qualify students in the recovery and conservation of contemporary architectural heritage.

To acquire fundamental knowledge and consciousness of the "fifth dimension" of architecture.

To develop survey studies, analyses, and interpretations guided toward the building scale.

To explore instruments and methodological tools supporting contemporary architectural heritage's characterization, recovery, and maintenance.

To foster critical analysis of social needs and their relation with the heritage scenario.

To build autonomous and critical thinking on the topics covered to inculcate a culture of "taking care."


The course will combine theoretical classes with active learning. Lectures will last one and a half hours, followed by a short practical task. The teaching material related to the lecture will be uploaded. The teachers will propose short practical exercises to the students to be carried out in class and at home to understand and apply the theoretical contents of the lessons. There will also be a survey of the area of the case study (Alexandria), during which students will visit the church designed by I. Gardella, the measure (assisted by teachers of geomatics), and acquire the necessary information to develop a recovery, reuse, and conservation project. This task will be carried out individually or in small groups (max two members), with constant and continuous reviews of the professors. The exercise will go through block 2.5 and be delivered at the end of the period (end of September).


17/06/2024-20/09/2024 (teaching weeks)


To successfully complete the course, students must pass all two sections: the course project and the class exercises. The value of each section is as follows:

- %60 course project

- %40 short practical project exercises


The course is structured in different modules, with the following lectures (L):

1.- Premises

L1: The fifth dimension of Architecture (PM)

2.- Ignazio Gardella (+ his father and his son) in Alessandria

L2: Alessandria: a museum of contemporary open-air architecture (PM).

3.- Others Lectures

L3. Changes of immovable cultural heritage objects and influence on them authenticity (A.Mlinkauskienė)

L4. Cultural Heritage object usability (L.Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė)

L5. Sustainable heritage. Sustainable development of historical environment (J.Vitkuvienė)

L.5 The role of indoor environment quality (IEQ) and sustainability in the heritage buildings (Lina Šeduikytė)

L6. Sustainable usage of heritage in the context of authenticity preservation. Case of Alexandria church (practical lectures based on Challenge-based learning (CBL)) (Tutoring: J.Vitkuvienė , A.Mlinkauskienė, L.Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė)

Final.- Course project

Project exercise on the recovery and re-functionalization of the church of Gardella in Alessandria


Paolo Mellano (coordinator - 6 ECTS): Recover the fragile heritage of the twentieth century: the case study of the chapel of I. Gardella in Alexandria

Iñigo García Odiaga (2 ECTS): Intervencion Strategies for a Diverse Heritage. Conserve, Adapt, Extend.

Francisco González (1 ECTS): New Lives for Modern Industrial Heritage

Izaskun Aseginolaza (1 ECTS)

Vaidas Petrulis (1 ECTS): Local modernism: arguments for OUV (outstanding universal value).

Aušra Mlinkauskienė (1 ECTS): Changes of immovable cultural heritage objects and influence on them authenticity

Gintaras Prikockis (1 ECTS): Methods and principles of renovation of "Romuva" cinema theatre built in 1940

Laura Stasiuliene (1 ECTS): Energy efficiency and renewable technologies integration in heritage buildings

Lina Šeduikytė (1 ECTS): The role of indoor environment quality (IEQ) and sustainability in the heritage buildings

Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė (1 ECTS): Case studies: Cultural Heritage object usability

Jurga Vitkuvienė (1 ECTS): Sustainable heritage. Sustainable developement of historical environment


Mellano, Paolo, Regaining the culture of cities, in: CITY, TERRITORY AND ARCHITECTURE. ISSN 2195-2701, 4:1(2017). pp. 1-6

Mellano, Paolo, Il secolo fragile dell'architettura, in: Canella, Gentucca; Mellano, Paolo, Il diritto alla tutela. Architettura d'autore del secondo Novecento, Milano: Franco Angeli (2019). ISBN 9788891782090. pp. 132-137

Dameri, Annalisa; Mellano, Paolo, Recuperare il moderno. Una "fragile" opera di Ignazio Gardella / Recovering the modern. A "fragile" work of Ignazio Gardella, Xth REUSO Documentation, Restoration and Reuse of Heritage, (2022). ISBN 9789727522965. pp. 497-507.

Ashworth G.J. (2014). Heritage and Economic Development: Selling the Unsellable. W.S. Maney and Son Ltd. ISSN: 2159-032X EISSN: 2159-0338 DOI: 10.1179/2159032X14Z.00000000015.

Graham B., Ashworth G.J., Tunbridge J.E. (2016). A Geography of Heritage: Power, Culture and Economy. Routledge (second edition). ISBN: 0340677783 DOI: 10.4324/9781315824895,

The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies. Design, Simulation and Monitoring (2023). Conference proceedings, 367-454 p., Springer, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-031-17594-7 (eBook),

Toxic Hritage. Legacies, Futures, and Environmental Injustice (2023). Routledge, London.

Wong, L. (2016). Adaptive Reuse: Extending the Lives of Buildings. Publisher Birkhauser, Basel. ISBN 978-3-03821-537-0

Labadi, S. (2022). Rethinking heritage for sustainable development. UCL Press,

Petti, L., Trillo, C., & Makore, B. N. (2020). Cultural heritage and sustainable development targets: a possible harmonisation? Insights from the European Perspective. Sustainability, 12(3), 926.

Guzmán, P. C., Roders, A. P., & Colenbrander, B. J. F. (2017). Measuring links between cultural heritage management and sustainable urban development: An overview of global monitoring tools. Cities, 60, 192-201

Hutter, M., & Rizzo, I. (Eds.). (1997). Economic perspectives on cultural heritage. London: Macmillan

The Faro Convention at work in Europe: Selected examples (2022)

Optimizing the Use of Cultural Heritage

Seduikyte, Lina; Gražulevičiūtė-Vileniškė, Indrė; Povilaitienė, Ingrida; Fokaides, Paris A.; Lingė, Domantas. Trends and interdisciplinarity integration in the development of the research in the fields of sustainable, healthy and digital buildings and cities // Buildings. Basel : MDPI. ISSN 2075-5309. 2023, vol. 13, iss. 7, art. no. 1764, p. 1-22. DOI: 10.3390/buildings13071764

Seduikyte, Lina; Staniskiene, Egle; Stankeviciute, Zivile; Grazuleviciute-Vileniske, Indre; Stasiuliene, Laura; Fokaides, Paris; Sorius, Tomas. Indoor environment and well-beingthe: case of academic workplace in historic building // Green energy and infrastructure: securing a sustainable future / edited by Jacqueline A. Stagner, David S-K. Ting. Boca Raton, FL : CRC press, 2021. ISBN 9780367559496. eISBN 9781003095811. p. 93-107

Seduikyte, Lina; Grazuleviciute-Vileniske, Indre; Kvasova, Olga; Strasinskaite, Erika. Knowledge transfer in sustainable management of heritage buildings. Case of Lithuania and Cyprus // Sustainable cities and society. Amsterdam : Elsevier. ISSN 2210-6707. eISSN 2210-6715. 2018, vol. 40, p. 66-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2018.03.013

Evaluation and Resit rules:

All the courses/subjects and Master Dissertation have jointly evaluation rules based in the quality of the practical works proposed by the teachers. The student and teachers presence is mandatory. Related with the courses/subjects all the teachers involved in them have to send to the coordinator teacher the individual evaluation of the students

The evaluation level (excellent, good and deficient) will be taken by the coordinator following the opinions of the teachers involved and in agreement with them. The evaluation level will be discussed with the student. If a student fail a course (deficient level), at least one resit per course/subject within the period Block will be allowed. This resit will take into account the new data and solutions reported by the student. The resit evaluation process will be similar to the initial one.

Students with a deficient level after resitting a course/subject will be remain bound to the EMJMD until ends of the respective Block where the course is allocated. In these cases, the Academic Committee will review the study performance status of the student and advises on continuation of the programme in accordance with their regulations. Students with very weak study performance (decided by the Academic Committee) may lose their scholarship or may be advised to end their study. Students who quite ARURCOHE early, but have successfully completed several courses/subjects, will get a certificate stating the courses for which they have earned credits (in ECTS). This decision will be communicated to the Erasmus+ Program office.