Reuse the Ruin – Summer Architecture Workshop has been an intensive summer course specifically oriented to provide a full experience in architectural restoration, from the theory to the details.

Lectures and reviews by international architects and Italian University Professors (Florence and Pisa); an applied workshop about the ghost town of Castelvecchio (San Gimignano), with a site inspection and a public final exhibition of the projects.

The workshop took place from 23 July to 1 August 2021 in Florence (Italy).

Reuse projects

Site inspection to Castelvecchio

Workshop at Officina Creativa Monastery

Lectures at Museo Marino Marini


Site inspection

The experience included a site inspection to Castelvecchio.

full day trip


The lectures provided a complete framework of knowledges about the architectural restoration, through the analysis of a few selected themes, explained by qualified professors and international firms of architeture

10h lectures


Participants have developed a reuse project under the supervision of the tutors and masters of contemporary architecture

50h workshop

Final exhibition

At the end of the WS it has been held a final review and an exhibition of the reuse projects.

final event



Studio Totale

Filoferro Architetti

Dedalo Building Lab

Workshop location

Officina Creativa, Florence

Located in the former medieval church of San Pancrazio, the museum hosts the masterpieces of the Tuscan artist Marino Marini. The museum is a paradigmatic model of architectural restoration which perfectly combines ancient building and new additions.

Lectures location

Museo Marino Marini, Florence

Located in one of the most famous neighborhoods of the city, a former cloister recently restorated is living a new life. Today it is the headquarter of Officina Creativa, a multifunctional space which hosts craftsmen workshops and artists’ ateliers: a paradigmatic model of reuse of the abandoned heritage,