Università Degli Studi di Genova

DAD (Dipartimento di Architettura e Design – Departmente of Architecture and Design) is an articulated set of buildings in the most ancient and multi-cultural heart of Genoa.

Università Degli Studi di Genova

Thanks to the project of the architect. Ignazio Gardella who created a newly built block, the classrooms and offices of the campus are now housed on the ruins of ancient monasteries and in the churches around the medieval core of the Palazzo del vescovo on the Collina di Castello. The recovery of the buildings of the monastery of San Silvestro, based on a project by Eng. Luciano Grossi Bianchi, completed the intervention, Edoardo Benvenuto, the then dean who wanted this site, thus managed to give a strong identity to the former Faculty of Architecture. The cloister, the raised garden, the harbor view, the frescoes and the bricks of the arcades are a fascinating and ideal context for the campus. Immersed in the historic city center, it has a significant link with the most vital and creative part of the city, close to theaters, artisan shops and typical places that enter the daily life of those who study and work here.

What has done your institution concerning social innovation? ¿What does your institution understands social innovation?

DAD places multidisciplinarity and multiculturalism at the basis of social innovation: through workshops and transversal courses and exchange programs such as Erasmus and Cinda, it is able to guarantee a commitment in terms of comparison between different disciplines and between different cultures and traditions.All the curriculum proposed by the department pay attention to sustainability, constructability and feasibility of the designed works, coming to integrate natural sciences with the typical architectural and design disciplines. Complex themes are proposed with central attention to the energy balance, the constructability and feasibility of what has been designed.

What has done your institution concerning climate change?

Workshops, competitions, courses and practical activities on reuse and traditional constructions. Theses are also great opportunities for external collaborations – both in Italy and abroad – on the theme of social and cultural innovations.

In particular there are two projects activated and financed right now: Innovative Climate-Control System to Extend Range of Electric Vehicles and Improve Comfort [professor Lazzari Stefano] and ECOlogical building enveLOPES: a game-changing design approach for regenerative urban ecosystems [professor Perini Katia]. They’re researching about: architecture, smart buildings, smart cities, urban engineering; Habitat and species restoration and rehabilitation; Nature conservation; Ecosystem management; Gardening; computational design, landscape architecture, urban ecology, urban planning, animal ecology, microbiomes, human-nature interaction, urban greening.