The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused many changes and in all aspects of life, including the education with a required paradigm shift. All academic institutes and schools had to switch from face-to-face education to remote learning. This change was mandatory and unplanned. This new method is hardly applicable for some disciplines which are based on application-based learning like architecture and landscape design. On the other hand, it also offers some opportunities such as minimizing the obstacles regarding the constraints of time and space. Moreover, to access the materials is easier and it costs less than traditional face-to-face teaching. However, there are also challenges. This study will investigate the online teaching in different editions of a workshop made in Politecnico di Milano which is titled ‘Special Topics in the Landscape: GREEN vs GRAY in Urban Landscape’ that aims to give guidelines to transform the historical city center of Piacenza (Emilia Romagna, Italy), into a network of sustainable urban landscapes. The purpose of the workshop is to find ways of improving the resilience to climate change, enhancing the public realm, and increasing connectivity of the city center and surroundings. The workshop offered to discover different design methodologies and technologies to develop flexible design strategies through a series of projects. This workshop is organized as a compact studio which included group projects, revisions, lectures by invited guests, discussions and it is conducted hybrid, but mostly online due to the pandemic restrictions. The methodology is based on an online survey that is circulated among the students, to identify both problems and benefits from students’ perspectives. Results are discussed in terms of the efficiency of distance teaching in comparison with another pre-COVID workshop questionary. Eventually, some suggestions are made to improve education in the post-pandemic era by considering Sustainable Development Goals 4: Quality Education.
Prof. Julia Nerantzia Tzortzi is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering of Politecnico di Milano while previously she was professor in Universities in Cyprus (Neapolis University of Cyprus) and in Greece (International University of Greece) and visiting professor in several Universities (ZUST University – China, Hellenic Open University – Greece, Thessaly University – Greece). In the last 25 years she has been leading more than 30 European Programmes (e.g., HOMEE, YADES, proGIreg, GREENLINK, PERIURBAN, GARDEN ART DESIGN) with an emphasis on Natural Based Solutions, Climate Change, Cultural Landscapes, Environmental Projection and Design through: HORIZON 2020, RISE, JPI, INTERREG IVC, FP7, LIFE+. Julia is Board Member of LE: NOTRE INSTITUTE, Fellow of Landscape Institute (UK), member of AIAPP (Italy), PHALA (Greece), ETEK (Cyprus), IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects). Julia has served for 15 years as Executive Professional in Landscape Architecture at the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Energy – Climate Change of Greece. During her service at the Ministry she served as National Contact Point at LIFE project, Special Scientists at Athens 2004 Olympic Games as well as General Project Manager at the Environmental Awareness Park Organization of Antonis Tritsis, the largest urban park in Greece (120 Ha).
Cristina Musacchio has a degree from Architecture from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and a course of master in “Landscape Design” faculty of Town and Country Planning University of New Castle Upon Tyne (England). She is registered architect to the Order of Architects of Rome. She is the co-owner of architecture and engineering firm DGR. She has experiences as tutor/lecturer at the University Guglielmo Marconi Telematica University (Rome, Italy), University of Neapolis in Paphos (Cyprus), Politecnico di Milano (Piacenza, Italy), as well as as an adjunct professor at Roma Tre University, as a visiting professor at University of Neapolis in Paphos and has experience at Roma Tre University as an honorary fellow.
Cristina has been a member of the several organizing committees: seminar “The limits of the city: the village and the metropolis” by the University of Camerino, “Second Biennial of Cities and Town Planners of Europe” organized by the PIWP European Permanent Scientific Committee and the National Institute of Urban Planning, “UrbanPromo” by the INU (National Institute of Urban Planning) by URBIT, “International Landscape Forum, Landscape: From Natural to Cultural” in Paphos, seminar “Urban growth and peri-urban sprawl: Walkability in the everyday landscape of Paphos” by Le: Notre Institute. She is a member of the INU since 1995.
Ozge Ogut is conducting her PhD at department of Architecture, Built Environment, and Construction Engineering (ABC) at Politecnico di Milano, collaborating with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has received her MSc. from Politecnico di Milano from Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design with the thesis titled ‘Urban Morphology & Environmental Performance: A Masterplan of Farini’s Disused Railways in Milan via IMM Methodology’ (2020). She studied Urban and Regional Planning (2011-2013) at Yildiz Technical University (Istanbul), then transferred through a transition program and has gained her BSc. in Architecture (2017). She is an active member of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB). Her main research interest is sustainability in urban planning, landscape, and architecture within an integrated way, with the focus on the role of urban infrastructures to solve environmental problems and improve well-being. She has roles as teaching assistant in different courses at Politecnico di Milano, and a research fellow at IMM Design Lab in ABC, Politecnico di Milano. She speaks English, Italian, and basic knowledge of German.