XXIII Architectural Design Seminar Monte Carasso

02-15 July 2016

Director: Luigi Snozzi

Instructors: Mario Ferrari / Michele Gaggetta / Giacomo Guidotti / Stefano Moor

Special guest: José María Sánchez García

Guest Roberto Briccola / Jan Perneger / Olivier Bourez / Paul Humbert

The International Design Seminar plays an important role in Monte Carasso's development and urban planning.


The twentieth annual Seminar produced a masterplan of the New Bellinzona and a set of six key points that support it. In light of the curiosity raised when the plan was publicly unveiled to the local mayors, we decided to pursue the concept by taking a closer look, each year, at an area of general interest to the community so that the assumptions of the original masterplan could be verified and/or altered.


Therefore, during the twenty-first Seminar in July 2014, we added the Semine district to the plan. During the twenty-second Seminar instead, after consulting with the local authorities, we decided to take an in-depth look at Pratocarasso. This area, between Bellinzona and Arbedo, is bordered to the north by Via al Maglio, to the south by Via Vallone, to the east by Viale San Gottardo and to the west by the Ticino River. After heated debates over Pratocarasso's controversial zoning plan led to a successful popular referendum against the city's proposal, the area was listed in the plan as a special unit awaiting decisions as to its future use.

Plans for the area will have to take account of contemporary issues such as the densification of the entire residential area with an emphasis on qualitative rather than quantitative criteria; new boundaries between the built environment and green spaces; the relationship between residential and public areas; and above all the reconception of the riverside park as the backbone of the New Bellinzona.

The XXIII International Design Seminar of Monte Carasso will, in line with what proposed in the last three editions, improve and complete the masterplan of the new Bellinzona.

After a first draft of the masterplan - and its enunciation of six key points that support it - drafted in the edition of 2013, the deepening of the important and central Semine district in the edition of 2014, and the redefinition of the north gate in the last edition, this year, the Seminar intends redesign and specify an important missing piece: the south gate. This gate will have to define the new relationship between the city of Bellinzona and the Parco del Piano incorporating all the important and complex infrastructures (AlpTransit and highway) that characterize the area.


The Seminar will take the form of a design workshop, led by the director and professor of the course with assistance from architecture instructors. At the end of the session the teaching staff, with input from José María Sánchez García, will publicly critique the partecipants' designs.


During the Seminar there will be public lectures by Swiss and international architects. Previous Seminars were attended by architects Michele Arnaboldi, Raffaele Cavadini, Pierre-Alain Croset, Aurelio Galfetti, Mario Botta, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Livio Vacchini, Esteve Bonell, Gonçalo Byrne, Bernard Huet, Alvaro Siza, Roberto Masiero, Francesco Venezia, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Silvia Gmür, Henri Ciriani, Pierre Fauroux, Guillermo Vasquez Consuegra, Vittorio Gregotti, Marco Ortalli, Manuel Aires Mateus and João Luís Carrilho da Graça; historian Alessandro Fonti; and photographer Gabriele Basilico.


In addition, architects like Aurelio Galfetti, Martino Pedrozzi and Francesco Fallavollita, Roberto Briccola, geographer Gian Paolo Torricelli, and architecture firms Bonetti e Bonetti, Baserga Mozzetti and Canevascini Corecco gave lectures to help participants become familiar with the architectural scene in Ticino.

For this year's Seminar, the guest architect will be José María Sánchez García.




The seminar has about thirty spaces available.  It is open to students who have finished their second year of architecture at a university or polytechnic institute and to architecture graduates.


To register


Fee:  CHF 450.- (EUR 450.-)


Please apply by 24 June 2016, including a brief curriculum vitae, an A4 PDF portfolio, and proof of attendance at or graduation from an architecture faculty, by email:




Or by post:

Municipio di Monte Carasso

Seminario di progettazione

CP 9 / CH-6513 Monte Carasso


Room and board


Local emergency shelter, cooking facilities available

CHF 200.- for 14 nights

Other accommodation options: www.bellinzonaturismo.ch

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arch. Mario Botta
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