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Since 2002, the Piacenza Campus of the Politecnico di Milano hosts the three-year Environmental Architecture course and, since 2007, the Architecture Master course (Sustainable Architecture of Multi - Scale Project). The academic curriculum of the first three years aims at training designers with a specific sensitivity to environmental architecture issues while the two final years are devoted to sustainable design projects. The creation of the International Summer School OC-Open City oriented to the design of “open spaces” in different scales of intervention, from landscape transformation to public areas and specific architectural components is a new important initiative in post-graduate studies with an international scope.
The school is open to senior undergraduate, graduate (Bachelor and Master) and doctoral students from Italian and foreign Architecture, Engineering, Design and Planning Schools. The workshop aims at maintaining an open dialogue among the different design specialties needed to face the problems arising from architectural, urban and environmental transformations, becoming a discussion forum and a brainstorming workshop where issues on the general development perspectives of contemporary habitats can be discussed.

The wide consensus this initiative is receiving, both inside and outside the academic scene, is attributable to the scientific reputation both in Italy and abroad of Politecnico di Milano, to the interesting format and to the fascinating culture present in the host city.
Piacenza is, in fact, the ideal venue for an initiative focused on architectural, urban and environmental problems, both for the extent of its scenic, landscape, artistic and monumental wealth and for the wide range of case-studies available, as well as for its solid traditions in the building sector.
Located in the fascinating premises recovered from the former city slaughterhouse, the International Summer School OC – Open City hosts each year tens of students, tutors and teachers from the world, gathering to discuss the issues of architectural, urban and environmental design.
The School high scientific importance is confirmed by its intense schedule of lectures and public conferences with speakers of international renown in the field of architectural design.