Conference / Meeting

ON WATER. Comprehending, designing, caring 

Conference IASLA 2023
10 November 2023
11 November 2023
IASLA, DICAM - University of Trento, TSM/STEP
Target audience: 
General public
University community
Contact person: 
Prof. Sara Favargiotti
Contact details: 

Two + one days of conference on water and its multiple forms, shapes, and atmosphere. Water as an essential element, space, and resource for planning, designing, and transforming cities, territories, landscapes, and communities. Water as a tangible element of connection but also an intangible and cultural heritage. The event offers a multidisciplinary and integrated perspective on how the water cycle can become a crucial element of innovative, sustainable, and sensitive practices, experiences, and design solutions to challenge contemporary transitions.

On Thursday 9, IASLA is invited to a preview event curated by Tsm|step, to encounter experiences in the Trentino region aimed at understanding, narrating, and experimenting with the “act of water” at different scales and design dimensions. 
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 are devoted to IASLA Conference 2023. On these days IASLA opens the discussion to an international perspective, through the participation of two international keynote speakers. Thematic sessions welcome a selection of young researchers’ positions (PhD in the second and third year and Postdoc who have discussed the thesis within 5 years) who present their works on water through experimental and applied research, historical and theoretical studies. 
IASLA Conference will close with a visit to the Giardino dei Ciucioi where landscape, infrastructure, architecture, and ruins merge in a unique place suspended between dream and reality.

Participation at the conference is open to the public and free of charge.

Accredited event for the Ordine degli Architetti Paesaggisti Pianificatori e Conservatori with recognition of 7 cfp for the day of 10/11 (attendance at least 80%), 3 cfp for the day of 11/11 and 1 cfp for the visit to the Giardino dei Ciucioi. Accredited event for the Ordine degli Ingegneri with recognition of cfp 3 cfp for the day of 10/11 and 3 cfp for the day of 11/11.

The value of water – Organized by Tsm|step

Thursday, November 9, 2023 - Gallerie di Piedicastello, Trento

Preview of the IASLA Conference 2023. Collateral event to the exhibition “ALPS: comprendere la montagna” curated by Tsm|step Scuola per il Governo del Territorio e del Paesaggio and Fondazione Museo storico del Trentino with the sponsorship of IASLA Società Scientifica Italiana di Architettura del Paesaggio.

Full program available at this link:

The act of water – IASLA Conference 2023

Friday, November 10, 2023  - DICAM, University of Trento, Trento

9.30 Opening 
Maria Paola Gatti - UNITN, Master's degree in Architecture and Building Engineering Coordinator 
Marco Toffolon – UNITN, Environmental Engineering Degrees Coordinator 
Daniela Colafranceschi – UNINA, IASLA President
Sara Favargiotti – UNITN, IASLA

10.00 – 12.00 Research positions - Session 1: NARRATIVES 
Valentina Noce (POLIMI)
Francesca Nardi (UNIBO)
Roberto Sanna (UNICA) + Gabriele Sanna (UNICA)
Francesca Berni (POLIMI)
Francesca Coppola (UNIGE)

Conversation with Antonella Valentini (UNIFI, IASLA), Claudia Battaino (UNITN), Matteo Aimini (UNITN, IASLA
Moderation Angelica Pianegonda (UNITN)

12.00 – 12.30 Exhibition opening Progetti dal territorio with Filippo Ferro (President Agatn) and Livia Sassudelli (Vice President Agatn)

12.30  – 14.00 Lunch break 

14.00 – 16.00 Research positions - Session 2: TRANSITIONS 
Arianna Mecozzi (UNIBO)
Mariangela Terracciano (LASAPIENZA)
Mirella Izzo (UNINA)
Giorgia Strano (LASAPIENZA)
Carmen Angelillo (UNIFI)
Stefano Melli (UNIGE)

Conversation with Emma Paola Salizzoni (POLITO, IASLA), Adriano Dessì (UNICA, IASLA), Alessandra Marzadri (UNITN)
Moderated by Anna Codemo (UNITN)

16.00 – 16.30 Presentation of Ri-Vista special issue Paradoxes of water. Between scarcity and floods, desires and worries
Conversation with Fabio Di Carlo (LASAPIENZA, IASLA), Carlo Peraboni (POLIMI), and Emanuela Morelli (Ri-Vista director, UNIFI, IASLA)

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 – 18.30 Keynote speech - Eric-Jan Pleijster - LOLA  Landscape Architects

Opening with Flavio Deflorian (Rector University of Trento), Davide Fusari (Vice president Ordine degli Architetti di Trento) and Fabio Ferrario (Vice president Ordine degli Ingegneri di Trento)
Introduction and opening Sara Favargiotti (UNITN, IASLA) 
Moderation Matteo Aimini (UNITN, IASLA)

Open discussion

21.00 Social dinner

Saturday, November 11, 2023  - Cantine Sociali di Lavis, Trento

09.30 - 10.00 Preview of IASLA new logo and presentation of ARIDO book
with Manfredi Leone (UNIPA, IASLA), Ludovica Marinaro (UNIFI, IASLA), Stefano Melli (UNIGE, IASLA), Maria Livia Olivetti (UNIPA, IASLA)

10.00 - 12.00  Research positions - Session 3: PERFORMANCES 
Alessandra Schmid (UNIBA)
Xiaochuan Xing (UNIBO)
Ilaria De Noia (UNIPR)
Luca FIlippi (Consorzio Bonifica dell’Emilia Centrale)
Massimo Triches (IUAV) + Marco Ballarin (IUAV)

Conversation with Paola Sabbion (UNIGE, IASLA), Andrea Oldani (POLIMI, IASLA), Guido Zolezzi (UNITN)
Moderation Andrea Biotti (UNITN)

12.00 – 13.30 Keynote speech  -Geert van de Camp – OBSERVATORIUM

Introduction Giulia Zantedeschi (UNITN) 
Moderation Maria Livia Olivetti (UNIPA, IASLA)

Open discussion

13.30 Closing
Gianluca Cepollaro – Tsm|step
Daniela Colafranceschi – UNINA, IASLA President
Sara Favargiotti – UNITN, IASLA

14.00 Lunch break

15.00 Guided visit co-organized with Tsm|step at Giardino dei Ciucioi curated by Ecomuseo dell’Argentario with the contribution of Cesare Micheletti (A2 Studio) 

Limited numbers of places. Reservation required by 4/11 by writing to: iaslatrento [at]

Event curated by 

Sara Favargiotti - Coordinator, Andrea Biotti, Chiara Chioni, Anna Codemo, Marco Ferrari, Angelica Pianegonda, Giulia Zantedeschi (ELaDe Lab, DICAM - UNITN), Matteo Aimini (DICAM - UNITN)

With the support and collaboration of

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile Ambientale e Meccanica - Università di Trento, IASLA Società Scientifica Italiana di Architettura del Paesaggio, Tsm|Step Scuola per il Governo del Territorio e del Paesaggio, A22 Autostrada del Brennero, Ordine degli Ingegneri di Trento, Ordine degli Architetti di Trento, Agatn Associazione Giovani Architetti del Trentino, Ecomuseo Argentario APS, Cantina Endrizzi

Scientific Committee

Daniela Colafranceschi (UNINA, IASLA President), Fabio Di Carlo (LASAPIENZA, IASLA), Sara Favargiotti (UNITN, IASLA), Adriana Ghersi (UNIGE, IASLA), Biagio Guccione (UNIFI, IASLA), Manfredi Leone (UNIPA, IASLA), Fabio Manfredi (UNIGE, IASLA), Ludovica Marinaro (UNIFI, IASLA), Stefano Melli (UNIGE, IASLA), Annalisa Metta (UNIROMA3, IASLA), Gabriele Paolinelli (UNIFI, IASLA)

Operational secretariat

Andrea Biotti, Chiara Chioni, Anna Codemo, Marco Ferrari (ELaDe Lab, DICAM - UNITN), Fabio Manfredi (UNIGE)

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