For the Term 2020-2021 ARCH 301 focuses on the design of a sub-urban settlement,in San Vito, Bari Italy. The area is conceived as an opportunity to experience and experiment a set of basic architectural concepts and at the same time to challenge a real context in the aim to recompose and refashion its texture.

The selected site is located in San Vito, a hamlet of the town of San Polignano a Mare in the province of Bari, Italy. The place has a historical value due to the presence of a monastery complex and an ancient abbey (the San Vito Abbey, 11-15th Century) that still overlook the coast. Moreover the remains of even earlier structures, a sighting tower and the ruins of connected fortifications, also characterize the place. The village, comprised between a coastal road (via San Vito) and the sea, is an irregular mass of houses, an almost fragmented settlement originated by a diffuse unauthorized development comprising mainly week-end houses, in Italian called “villette” (1950-1980) and later by an increase of built density (compact apartment complexes with a reduced if not absent open air surfaces). Eventually these transformations obstructed a free access and the view to the sea. The settlement therefore suffers several problems: a diffuse lack of identity, an insipid environment without any architectural quality, the lack of proper, defined boundaries, the lack of a center, and the lack of integration between the houses and the abbey, that stands as a detached, independent fragment.

2020 Fall Instructors:Selen Özge Duran(course coordinator), Mark Frederickson, Giorgio Gasco, Berna Tanverdi

Teaching Assistants:Buse Demir, Ezgi Nur Güngör, Ayşenur Şenel, Beliz Sunsal