Master in Temporary Design for Public Spaces

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Do you want to become an expert designer in the design of public spaces and installations?
With the Master in Temporary Design for Public Spaces, organized by IDI in collaboration with ORIZZONTALE, you can learn advanced design techniques, learning to manage an Architecture project for public spaces in all its phases. The two-week full immersion formula also allows students and workers to take part easily.

What you will learn

  • Themes and characteristics of contemporary public spaces
  • Ephemeral structures and relational devices
  • Social design: identity, community, territory
  • Materials and tools
  • Architecture of the event

Course program

– Cos’è lo spazio pubblico
– Nuovi modi di abitare la città
– Tipologie di spazi
– Normativa e buone pratiche
– Azioni, strategie, tattiche: dal progetto al processo

– Introduzione al social design
– Nuove figure professionali
– Oltre la partecipazione:community building e placemaking

– Temporary design: dalle origini alla contemporaneità
– Roma, l’eterno e l’effimero
– La città temporanea
– Costruire lo spazio comune
– Spazi a tempo determinato: un atlante di possibilità

– La ricerca dei materiali
– Piattaforme e reti per il riuso dei materiali
– Recycling, upcycling, precycling
– Esercitazione: upcycling design

Progetto di un intervento temporaneo (sito proposto Largo Perestrello a Roma oppure a scelta del candidato)

Il percorso formativo​

Master in Temporary Design for Public Spaces
The Temporary Design Master for Public Spaces is a training program for designers who want to work in the design of public spaces in the contemporary city. The urban context is today subject to increasingly rapid transformations. Public space must be able to accept these new demands, proposing changing scenarios and open processes of transformation that favor the construction of new urban narratives. The professional who acts in this context must be able to coordinate and experiment with new methods of intervention, optimizing the resources available and creating synergies between the various actors involved.

The student who will approach the Master will learn to develop an architectural project focused on public spaces: starting from the concept and the technical and material choices, passing through the study of colors, lights, to volumes and surfaces, thus having a complete perception of the changes taking place in the architectural and social field.

During the realization of the Project Work, the student will have the possibility to put into practice the skills acquired during the classroom phase, consolidating the acquired knowledge.

The IDI Master in Temporay Design for Public Spaces will consist of lectures, classroom design and guided tours, with the possibility of interfacing with Orizzontale, Roman excellence in the design of setting up public and non-public spaces.

Phases of the route

Preliminary lessons: teaching material
Lessons: 96 h
Project work
Internship: 300 hours
Max. partecipants: 18

How to apply

Fill out the information request form and we will contact you within a few days. In the selection of candidates the scholastic CV, work experience and motivational letter will be considered. It is possible and advisable to send a portfolio of previous works. The examining commission, considering these elements, will communicate the result of the selection and the admission to the Course.


Possibility of financing for the registration fee;
Professional orientation meeting during the classroom phase;
Video CV creation during the full-immersion;
Revision and update of the CV;
Reports of accommodation facilities, in areas adjacent to the classroom.

Opportunità lavorative

The Master trains professionals capable of knowing how to see and transform public (and private) space into a place of strong impact and communication that becomes a moment of collective and social encounter. 

The knowledge acquired during the Master in Temporary Design for Public spaces will allow the student to work as a designer of installations and practice the profession successfully in design and architecture studios or on behalf of public and private bodies as a freelancer. He will also be able to become manager of the set-up sector for public or private bodies and consultant for private companies specialized in organizing events.

The skills acquired will allow him to fit into a work environment that requires exclusively specifically trained professionals.

In partnership with

Orizzontale is a group of architects based in Rome, specialized in architecture, landscape, public art and self-construction. Orizzontale since 2010 has been promoting projects of common relational spaces, giving form to dismissed and unseen cities. These projects have represented the ground for experimenting new kinds of collaborative interactions between city dwellers and urban commons as well as occasions to test the boundaries of the architectural creation process. Orizzontale has developed projects in Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Ukraine, Portugal, Netherlands. “8 ½”, the mobile theatre designed by orizzontale in 2014, was awarded the international prize of Young Architects Program(“YAP MAXXI 2014”) by MAXXI Museum and MoMA PS1. In 2018 at the Venice Biennale, Orizzontale is awarded the “Young Talent of Italian Architecture 2018”, which rewards the best Italian under 35 project.

Our teachers

Roberto Pantaleoni

Nasce nel 1987 a Roma dove si forma come architetto. Dal 2010 è parte di orizzontale, studio/laboratorio d’architettura con base...

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Nasrin Mohiti Asli

Architetto italo iraniana, si laurea in Architettura presso la Sapienza di Roma nel 2013 con una tesi di laurea su...

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Margherita Manfra

Architetto, dopo un periodo di studi presso la ENSAP di Lille si laurea con lode in Architettura alla Sapienza di...

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Giuseppe Grant

Nato a Caserta nel 1987. Dopo un periodo di studio all’Università Tecnica di Aachen RWTH si laurea alla facoltà di...

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Stefano Ragazzo

Architetto, studia e si forma professionalmente tra Roma e Berlino. Dal 2010 è parte di orizzontale, studio/laboratorio d’architettura con base...

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