Architecture students build pavilion in Italy

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

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 6:25 am

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.

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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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