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Urbino, Piano di conservazione dei collegi universitari
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client/committente: Getty Foundation, Universita' degli studi di Urbino

period/periodo: 2015/2017

project/progetto: MTA Associati, Politecnico di Milano, CNR




Italian architect Giancarlo De Carlo achieved international acclaim when he

created the five “Collegi” buildings at the Università degli Studi in the rolling
landscape near the medieval city of Urbino. He championed the philosophy
that modernist architecture should support social change, and used this
principle to design over 62,000 square feet of buildings that function as “an
organism in the form of a city”. Unfortunately, the palette of modern materials
has not performed well over time and current safety regulations and campus
usage patterns have led to the under-utilization of many of the complex spaces.
The Getty Foundation grant will support a comprehensive conservation plan
for the structures that will address material deterioration and adaptation that is sensitive to contemporary use but also respects the architect’s original vision.

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