Lettera Prof. Morpurgo

Dear all,

March 12th was the last day for submitting enrolments for the 2010 series of workshops. We have had requests from 72 young people from 18 universities, 10 in Italy and 8 from abroad:

1. Finland, the Helsinki University of Arts and Design

Iceland, The  Breiholt College in Reykjavik

Israel, The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and the Holon Institute of Technology

Holland, The Eindhoven Design Academy

Switzerland, The Mendrisio Academy of Architecture

Turkey, The Istanbul Technical University

2. Our Italian entrants are from the following universities:

Milan Polytechnic

University of Ferrara,

University of Firenze,

University of Genova,

The la Sapienza University in Rome

Roma Tre University

The Brera Accademia delle Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academy)

I.E.D. in Milan

lSIA in Rome

As well as from the faculties of Architecture and Art and Design at IUAV in Venice.

To these must be added the students that are being selected by the KIST University in Kigali, Rwanda.

I believe that given these surprisingly good results it is important to underline a few important things:

1. The profound cultural significance of the fact that despite only being publicised on line, 72 young people coming from a diverse range of backgrounds have decided to invest their time and money in order to contribute in this Rwandan Project which was started just a year ago with 20 students from the IUAV and KIST

2. The fact that 72 students or new graduates have decided to invest in creating sustainable projects in Africa

3. The level of internationalisation that we have been able to build in just one year thanks to the genuine “cultural mobility” of the current group of students

4. The significance, considering the changes that are taking place at the IUAV, of the success of the first interfaculty project which sees students from the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Art and Design working together on the same programme of study.

At this point our commitment is to achieving the best possible outcome for the project hoping in and counting on the financial and organisational support of those Bodies and Institutions that have partnered with us: the Soroptimst Internazionale, the Fondazione Claudio Buziol as well as the IUAV, KIST and, we hope, the Regione Veneto.



We have put the modules together into pairs as many students have requested to be able to take part in two, and we have cancelled two modules in August which were undersubscribed (modules 7 and 8).

The reorganised programme therefore includes the following four workshops:

1. Bamboo Structures (modules 1 & 2)

2. Mud and banana leaf walls and banana leaf repairs (modules 3 & 4)

3. Repairs, Furniture and other natural fibre components (modules 5 & 6)

4. New types of projects for the renewal of Rwandan villages (modules 9 & 10)

The fourth workshop has been pushed back by one week (module 9 from the 6th to the 17th of September and module 10 from the 20th of September to the 1st of October) both in response to a request from KIST and to enable all students to attend the inauguration of the Venice Biennale which will be an important milestone for our project.

We have been able to place almost all the students in the modules they requested, apart from those who selected the modules which have been cancelled in August.  These applicants, together with those that didn’t make a preference, have been placed in those workshops that had space available.

Until April 6th with a view to giving everyone the opportunity to satisfy their individual needs, the students will have the opportunity to swap their places with one another using our blog athttps://atelierwanda.wordpress.com/. By April 9th all students that intend to take part must confirm their participation in the workshops by contacting the project offices at rwanda@fondazioneclaudiobuziol.org and paying the enrolment fee of € 300.00.

Students wishing to take part in the first training module are kindly requested to contact the project offices as soon as possible in order to get the necessary paperwork under way (visas, vaccinations, flights).  For those students taking part in the other modules, we will be holding preparatory meetings on the following dates:

1. Wednesday April 7th, information on vaccinations etc (Dr Lopez y Royo)

2. Wednesday April 14th, the “Rwanda Hall” project

3. Wednesday April 21st, Mud and other building techniques

4. Wednesday April 28th, Rwanda

The exact time and place for each meeting will be published on our blog and on the IUAV website.


The task of selecting candidates for a research grant is much more complex as we have received 33 requests.  At this time, as the financing from the Regione Veneto has not yet been confirmed, we are only able to guarantee between three and six grants. By March 26th the Commission will publish the list of the first 12 chosen (so as to cover any retirees) and, hoping for increased contributions, fulfil the other requests.

Students selected must be able to guarantee their presence in Rwanda for two months as well as one month at the IUAV.  For each student selected the period, theme for their research to be carried out during the three months as well as the role that each researcher will perform during the workshop will be agreed.

All students to whom we are unable to offer grants will be offered places in the workshops following the procedure as outlined above.

In conclusion I would like to offer three thanks and one wish…

Thanks to all the students and new graduates that answered our invitation.

Thanks to all the teachers, both Italian and Rwandan, who are working so hard to ensure the four workshops are a success alongside the assistants who, in Rwanda and Italy, are making this project possible.

Thanks to the friends who are working to help us fund this project.

To all I wish that these four new workshops are, like those completed in 2009, an opportunity to do something which is useful in an atmosphere of genuine human and cultural collaboration, from North to South.

Scientific Coordinator

Professor Gaddo Morpurgo

Venice, March 15th 2010


il 12 marzo si sono chiuse le iscrizioni per la partecipazione ai workshop che stiamo organizzando per il 2010.

Hanno risposto al nostro invito 72 ragazzi provenienti da 18 università di cui 8 non italiane.

1.         Finlandia  University of Arts and Design di Helsinki

Islanda  Breiholt College di Reykjavik

Israele   Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Holon Institute of  Technology

Olanda  Design Academy Eindhoven

Svizzera  Mendrisio Academy of Architecture

Turchia  Technical University di Istanbul

2. Dall’Italia invece abbiamo studenti provenienti dalle seguenti università:

Politecnico di Milano,

Università di Ferrara,

Università di Firenze,

Università Genova,

Università Roma la Sapienza,

Università Roma Tre,

Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera

I.E.D.  di Milano,

lSIA di Roma

oltre, ovviamente dalle due Facoltà di Architettura e di Arti e design dello IUAV.

A questi studenti vanno aggiunti quelli che sta selezionando in Rwanda  il KIST di Kigali.

Credo che davanti a questo risultato sorprendente sia giusto sottolineare alcuni aspetti importanti:

1. il significato, profondamente culturale, che, nonostante la sola informazione in rete, 72 ragazzi provenienti da esperienze così diverse decidano di investire tempo e soldi per contribuire a

realizzare questo programma in Rwanda, avviato solamente un anno fa con 20 ragazzi dello IUAV e del KIST;

2. il fatto che 72 studenti, o neolaureati, decidono di investire per occuparsi di progettazione sostenibile in Africa;

3. il grado di internazionalizzazione che siamo riusciti a costruire, in un solo anno, grazie ad una ormai consolidata “mobilità culturale” degli attuali studenti;

4. il significato, rispetto ai cambiamenti in atto nello IUAV, del successo della prima iniziativa interfacoltà che vede coinvolti nello stesso programma formativo studenti della Facoltà di Architettura e della Facoltà di  Arte e Design.

A questo punto il nostro impegno sarà quello di organizzare al meglio il programma di lavoro sperando, e

contando, sul sostegno economico ed organizzativo degli Enti e delle Istituzioni che sono partner del nostro

programma: il Soroptimst Internazionale, la Fondazione Claudio Buziol oltre allo IUAV e al KIST e, ci

auguriamo, la Regione Veneto.

In allegato troverete due file, uno inerente al programma operativo del workshop e della ricerca, l’altro sulla distribuzione degli studenti all’interno dei diversi moduli didattici.

Un saluto a tutti,

prof. Gaddo Morpurgo

Coordinatore Scientifico di Atelier Rwanda.


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