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Architecture students from the University of Portsmouth travelled to Italy to build a timber pavilion in just three days.

The 21 students designed and built it under the direction of senior lecturer and architect Guido Robazza.

It was part of a joint-project with the city council of Campi Salentina in south-east Italy.

The intricate structure, called the Secret Garden, was built from scratch by the students to take pride of place in the main town square.

It will be used to house temporary art exhibitions.

The initiative was part of a research project investigating the power of temporary use of public space as a tool for urban regeneration.

Mr Robazza said: ‘Our students came up with some amazing ideas for the design, and worked incredibly hard 
– and virtually non-stop – over the three days to create something really impressive.

‘The whole experience, from design to construction, was a valuable learning experience for the students, and has left the town of Campi Salentina with a beautiful exhibition space that I know they will make good use of.’

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