Student Workshop 1 - Group 2

Inclusive accessibility | Sensorial routes through Heritage sites

Group 2 Output | A1 Panel

Group 2 Output | A1 Panel


The garden has always been the “hiding place” of the cities, a place for meditation, contemplation, and recognition through nature.

As a “calm spot” on the urban texture, the garden is often the environment that helps one experience an approach and

an opportunity for invaluable observation of the tangible and intangible heritage rough the spectrum of this living filter. Giardino Valmarana Salvi, a UNESCO world heritage site, is an extraordinary concentration of tangible and intangible values. Although located at the turning point of the axis that establishes one of the most important urban connections of Vicenza (Vicenza train station and the historic centre of the city), it exists but does not live with the rest of the city.

Observing this phenomenon was the starting point of the project, which aims to analyze the factors that created this disruption, those that can help reconnect the garden to the city and most importantly, how the garden can become an accessible space for all those who have to desire to meet this secret place.

The word accessibility is often a bypassed topic, especially when it is put next to heritage. The project’s solution is finding the balance in the relationship between the two, a non-invasive and minimal intervention that avoids the alienation of the character of the existing space through the excess of new additions.

An anchored path of tangible and intangible elements is designed to facilitate a sensory dialogue between the visitor and the garden. The visitor starts by touching the historical textures, part of “memoria dello Spazio”, or the garden “embraces” the visitor along the designed path.

Thus, the garden is reintegrated into the urban context by creating this new and curious way of exploring the garden through the prism of the olfactory, tactile, auditory and visual senses.


Laura Else Radu, Università Iuav di Venezia

Violeta Jovanova, Università Iuav di Venezia

Emmanouela Myrtaki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Relja Petrovic, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture

Luis Rodríguez Díaz de León, Universidad de Sevilla – UNESCO Chair CREhAR

Dimitriou Savvas, University of Cyprus





workshop organised in the frame of the Erasmus Plus project “HERSUS – Enhancing of Heritage Awareness and Sustainability of Built Environment in Architectural and Urban Design Higher Education”


participating universities
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture – Project Coordinator; Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy; University of Cyprus, Cyprus; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; University of Seville, Spain


in collaboration with
Comune di Vicenza
Soprintendenza archeologia belle arti e paesaggio per le province di Verona, Rovigo e Vicenza


organised by Università Iuav di Venezia
Emanuela Sorbo, Enrico Anguillari, Sofia Tonello, Giulia Rossi, Federica Alberti, Gianluca Spironelli, Marco Tosato, Tommaso Moretto


tutors – Università Iuav di Venezia
Sofia Tonello, Giulia Rossi, Federica Alberti, Gianluca Spironelli, Marco Tosato, Tommaso Moretto


with the participation of
Angeliki Chatzidimitriou, AUTh – Kleo Axarli, AUTh,  María F. Carrascal Pérez, USE CREhAR – Nataša Ćuković Ignajtović, UB-FA – Valentina Fanti, OAPPC-VE – Mar Loren-Méndez, USE CREhAR – Enrique Larive, USE CREhAR – Ana Nikezić, UB-FA – Chiara Occelli, Councillor of National University Council, PoliTo –  José Peral López, USE CREhAR –  Alkmini Paka, AUTh – Mladen Pešić, UB-FA – Giuseppe Rallo, Architect, Superintendency for Architectural Heritage and Landscape in Venice metropolitan area, Βelluno, Padova and Treviso – Konstantinos Sakantamis, AUTh –Andreas Savvides, UCY – Irene Sgarro, Iuav – Athina Vitopoulou, AUTh

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