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Conference "Churches and Cities."

Bologna, 07-08 March 2024

Sixty years after the Second Vatican Council, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Bologna sponsored an international conference entitled THE CHURCHES AND THE CITY, which took place in Bologna on March 7 and 8.

The purpose of the appointment was twofold. From a historical-critical perspective, the conference aimed to analyze the relationship between churches and the city in the reconstruction plans, in the phases of urbanization, in the cultural debate on the role of religious buildings and their image after the Second Vatican Council, and in the precursor movements in different European contexts.

A second session was dedicated to the question of the future of this relationship, in the context of radical changes in the social structure, in the acceleration between secularization and post-secularization, in the final distinction between civil community and religious community, between religion and Christianity: what form, role and model for churches (and especially parish centres) of today and tomorrow?


Europe's living for religious heritage

Bologna, September 24, 2021

The international conference Continuity in Community Connection and Dialogue was part of a broader reflection on the future of religious heritage in Europe; promoted by FRH-Future for Religious Heritage, it was held in Bologna on September 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in blended mode.

A number of scholars were convened in Bologna to animate a panel discussion, in English, in which experiences of reuse and enhancement alternated with interventions in video mode; the in-presence group of study and work looked out onto a virtual window in which an audience from all over Europe participated.

Please refer to the program for a detailed list of speakers.

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The Bologna of the Gresleri brothers

Bologna, July 15-17, 2021

The seminar was organized by the Cherubino Ghirardacci Study Center with the support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna Foundation and the participation of the Dies Domini Study Center. The event was organized by Luigi Bartolomei, Marianna Gaetani and Sofia Nannini.

The seminar was divided into three afternoons, during which some of the major works by Glauco and Giuliano Gresleri in Bologna were visited.

Thursday 15 July; Parish of the Blessed Virgin Immaculate.
Friday 16 July: Former pontifical regional seminary, now the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute.
Saturday 17 July: Pilastro district



Online, March 9, 2021

The first online seminar of 2021 organized by the Ghirardacci Study Center.
The seminar was held on Tuesday 9 March at 17.30 and was dedicated to the presentation of the research project Faith in the Periphery by Charlotte Ardui, PhD candidate at KU Leuven. The research was introduced by Sven Sterken (KU Leuven).

Here you can find the poster of the event. The event was held on the Zoom platform. 



(Call for papers) 01 October 2020

IN_BO, Vol. 12, No. 16
Edited by: Mario Bevilacqua (University of Florence) and Marco Folin (University of Genoa)

Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Italian political geography polarized around a group of cities of various sizes and traditions: Rome and Florence, Milan and Naples, Genoa and Venice, Turin and Modena, ancient republics and new dynastic capitals, satellites of the great European monarchies and small noble towns. The meeting - more sporadically the clash - between the dictates of the Council of Trent and the interests of the dominant elites of these cities lays the foundations for unprecedented forms of social, cultural, spiritual control, fueling new urban arrangements and policies, in which the presence and the management of the sacred becomes a strongly conditioning element. The protagonists are then the widespread presence of male religious orders and female cloisters, the renewed contribution of the resident episcopal curia, the parish entity and its role of control and social registration, the consolidation of the confraternity presence, the emergence of new places of worship and devotional practices.

The authors are invited to send an abstract in Italian or English (3000-4000 characters, spaces included) to the editorial staff of in_bo by 1 October 2020.



FTER, Theological Faculty of Emilia-Romagna, 27 May 2020


This course on Architectures for the Christian Liturgy in the 1900s ranged from the pioneers of the Liturgical Reform in the German and French areas to reach the Italian sphere around the Second Vatican Council.
The conciliar address, oriented towards a research and a deepening of the hymns and the liturgy of the early Church, was an occasion for an in-depth study of the history of the liturgy with particular interest in those themes which will be the object of inspiration and interest for the liturgists and the architects of the twentieth century. The new spaces for the liturgy follow and sometimes anticipate updates in the perception and role of ministers and lay faithful: the architecture for worship is the image of an ecclesiology in the making.
There are three topics of particular interest: the first relating to Participation as a paradigm for the design of the space for worship, from the Mediator Dei (1947) to the competitions for new churches resulting from the Diocesan Paths (2013-2015).
The second, relating to the ecclesial and social understanding of the priest and the lay faithful in relation to the relative places in the ecclesial space.
The third element of constant interest will be the metaphors and spatial interpretations of the liturgical poles and the space generated by their interrelationship between cases of naivety, ostentatious and forced originality, iconic reiteration of historical models and updates in tradition.



The course was coordinated by Luigi Bartolomei and sees the participation of:


Giorgio Bonaccorso, Benedictine monk and professor at the Institute of Pastoral Liturgy of Santa Giustina (Padua). Scholar of the roots of ritual and liturgy, he explores and comments on anthropology, theology, philosophy and literature texts. Among his works: The aesthetics of ritual. Feeling God in art (2013); The rite and the Other. The liturgy as time, language and action (2012); The liturgy and faith. The theology and anthropology of ritual (2010); The body of God. Life and meaning of life (2006); Time as a Sign: Vigilance, Witness, Silence (2004).

Goffredo Boselli, Doctor of Theology at the Institut Catholique in Paris, holds a Masters in History of Religions and Religious Anthropology at the Université Sorbonne Paris IV. Since 2000 he has been responsible for the liturgy of the Monastery of Bose and teaches liturgy at his Studium. Since 2003 he has been curator of the International Liturgical Conferences of Bose and the related Proceedings which constitute one of the main libraries of contemporary architectural-liturgical knowledge. Since 2003 he has collaborated on a permanent basis with the Episcopal Commission for the liturgy of the Italian Episcopal Conference. Among his works we mention: The sacrament of the assembly: the liturgical assembly questions our way of being church (2004); The liturgy, school of prayer (2006); Evangelizing Death (2012). As a liturgist he has worked with the winning design groups of the competitions for the liturgical adaptations of the cathedral of Alba (2005) and Cuneo (2016).


Order of Engineers of Bologna, 9 December 2019

This fundamental premise prompted the need to propose an opportunity to recover the link between Bologna and Cherubino Ghirardacci, in a cultural initiative that could involve the various institutions and realities of the city.
On this significant anniversary, the fifth centenary of his birth (1519 - 2019), the "Cherubino Ghirardacci" Study Center therefore promoted a multidisciplinary conference, which could restore to studies the complexity of the figure of the historian, of his relationship with Bologna and with the elite of the Church State in the second half of the sixteenth century, in the context of the pontificates of Gregory XIII Boncompagni and Clement VIII Aldobrandini. The reflection wanted to unite different approaches and points of view, in an attempt to reconstruct the unity of a gaze on the city that was influential on the cultural and political life of the city and on its representation, therefore with repercussions on local history, on the development of the arts visual; of architecture and urban planning.


Order of Engineers of the Province of Bologna
Order of Architects PPC of the Province of Bologna

Cherubino Ghirardacci Study Center,

Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna
Municipality of Bologna
Church of Bologna
Archiginnasio Library
State Archive of Bologna
Department of the Arts of the University of Bologna
Historical Institute of the Augustinian Order
Committee for Historical and Artistic Bologna
San Martino Cultural Center
National History Deputation for the Provinces of Romagna

In 1519 Cherubino Ghirardacci was born in Bologna.
Historian, historian, scholar, Augustinian religious, illuminator and cartographer, Ghirardacci embodies a complex figure of intellectual who traversed the political, religious, historical and artistic events of the city throughout the sixteenth century. His Historia di Bologna, a monumental treatise in three parts of which only the first was published during his lifetime (1596), has always been one of the main sources for reconstructing local history, but its author, the network of his relationships in and outside Bologna and the social and cultural role he played both in relation to the life of contemporary society and the Church and his Order of belonging. His relations with the circles of intellectuals supported by Cardinal Gabriele Paleotti, with historians, religious, artists, typographers and learned scholars remains an unfathomable chapter today, just as there is no specific study on the diffusion of his historical-religious works, and on the between these and the visual disciplines (painting, architecture and cartography).


New scenarios for disused monastic heritages
Lucchese cases between monastic memories and Puccini legacy

Lucca, 25 July - 3 August 2019


Department of Architecture - University of Bologna,
FAM – Alma Mater Foundation,
Augustinian Monastic Community of the Corpus Domini Monastery of Cento Cherubino Ghirardacci Study Centre,
IMT School of Advanced Studies Lucca,


Municipality of Lucca
PPC Order of Architects of the Province of Lucca Giacomo Puccini Foundation
Convictus, via della mint 41, Lucca Promo PA Foundation


Pontifical Council for Culture
Cultural Heritage and Religious Building Office of the Italian Episcopal Conference - CEI
Federation of Augustinian Monasteries of Italy "Mother of Good Counsel" CNR - National Research Council
Diocese of Lucca
National Council of the Order of Architects PPC Department of Law - University of Turin
R3C - Responsible Risk Resilience Center - Turin Polytechnic Casa Foundation - Lucca
Campus Foundation - Lucca


If, in relation to the assets owned by the Italian Dioceses, the largest censorship campaign that the country has seen since the Second World War is nearing completion (see: the churches of the Italian dioceses), the assets of the Religious Communities and Ecclesiastical Bodies are not has a catalog to appreciate its quality and consistency. The censuses were drawn up only by some Religious Communities and the management processes initiated by an even smaller number, for a very diverse overall situation, patchy.


The reduction of religious communities today requires an acceleration in the project of support structures for the management of real estate, to preserve tangible and intangible heritage and structure best practices.
This Summer School will be the first opportunity in Italy for a systematic approach to the characteristics of the Cultural Heritage of Religious Communities and the risks to which it is exposed.
The Summer School intends to collect some virtuous cases of enhancement and contribute to the training of attentive professionals, capable of reading the typical features of this Heritage and initiating participatory processes between bodies and institutions in an attempt to bring it back to a new social utility, in the interest of local contexts .

Case study, generously granted by the Augustinian Community of Corpus Domini of Cento, the former Monastery of Sant'Agostino in Lucca
Place of work, within the walls of the city of Lucca, the former Monastery of Saints Benedict and Scholastica, today Convictus (

The Summer School is offered as part of the Higher Education of the University of Bologna and earns its participants 6 credits.


MARIO ABIS (professor at the IULM University of Milan, founder of the Makno Research Institute - Abis Analysis and Strategies)
MARIO BOTTA (Architect, Founder of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture)
ALESSIO ERIOLI (Researcher, Department of Architecture, University of Bologna)
LAURA MILAN (Architect, Il Giornale Dell'Architettura-The Architectural Post)
SAVERIO MECCA (Head of the Department of Architecture, University of Florence)
CARLO OLMO (dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Turin Polytechnic from 2000 to 2007)
SIMONE SFRISO (Architect, TAMassociati)

With the European Erasmus Plus project ARCHITESTEAM, the Department of Architecture of METU - Middle East Technical University, the School of Architecture Design and Planning of the University of Aalborg (Denmark) and the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna are questioning the update of the skills needed by the designer today, and on the ways in which the schools of architecture are responding to them, modulating their training proposals, according to the different contexts and cultural fields. The European project ARCHISTEAM is an opportunity to promote a reflection on the updating of the skills that new technologies and the new social complexity require of designers, also in Italy. In Ravenna, next 22 and 23 November, with some authoritative guests and with the speakers who will want to consider the present call for papers, an attempt will be made to deepen the debate on the conditions of the profession and its teaching in Europe and particularly in Italy. In particular, we will try to understand how the foundations of architecture evolve: - the role of the designer, the figure and the myth of the author in architecture, - the dynamics of the design process - the articulation and structure of the proposed training itineraries from schools to the vectors in which it was decided to schematize the change, namely: - the evolution of computer technologies not only of assisted design (CAD), but of representation and parametric and formal generation of architecture; - the multiple technologies (and consequent specializations) involved in the control of environmental well-being, both in relation to the components of the architecture and its performance; - the social and popular front of architecture as a bottom-up transformation action of the contexts, in the light of the emergence - transdisciplinary - of the PAR (Participatory Action Research) and of the acquisition of the landscape as a "common good". Intersected by these solicitations, the classic themes of the architectural debate are specified in those in which the call for papers associated with these study days is particularly declined.

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Ravenna, 25 - 27 October 2017
Bologna, 28 October 2017

The Department of Architecture, the Theological Faculty of Emilia-Romagna and the Center for Studies Cherubino Ghirardacci are pleased to announce the opening of the call for paper for the international conference PLACES, FORMS AND MEMORIES OF GRIEF IN CONTEMPORARY CITIES, to be held in Ravenna , October 25-27th.
This Symposium is dedicated to a specific set of places of memory: those which – in urban, suburban or rural contexts – are able to absorb the memory of grief. Specialized places such as graveyards and churches which subtract or protect the recollection of death within their holy fences, are excluded.
The focus of this symposium is on those spaces, places, objects and monuments which are related to grief within the ordinary fabric of daily life – both urban and suburban – and which, also from a historical origin, overlook the contemporary city.

Authors are kindly requested to send proposals that could prompt critical analysis regarding the above mentioned topics. Proposals should give specific attention to spatial and social dimensions of the memory of grief, regarding the forms of memorials, behaviors and their ability to determine the social perception of space and time. The role of social and shared memory of grief is of great interest, especially if concerning the definition of identity and urban living.
This Call For Papers encourages proposals which draw from urban and architectural research, but also invites scholars of semiotics, sociology, law, literature, anthropology, religion, theology aesthetics and art to propose their analyzes on the understanding of grief as a political and urban episode .

Acceptance of abstracts is subject to blind peer-review as it will be also for full papers to be published in the conference proceedings.
Conference proceeding will be published in IN_BO. Research and projects for the territory, the city and architecture. ISSN 2036 160,, bilingual (italian/english) open access scientific e-journal indexed in the major national databases and in the most prestigious international libraries.


Anthropology and architecture for the design of spaces for the Christian liturgy

23 February - 24 May 2016, from 17.00 to 18.40
FTER - Theological Faculty of Emilia-Romagna - Piazzale Bacchelli, 4

The seminar will consider the cases in which reflection on the liturgy will find a spatial and architectural translation: the Germany of Romano Guardini, the France of pp. Couturier and Régamey, Italy with its regional experiences, particularly linked to the dioceses of Turin, Milan and Bologna, experimental with respect to the Second Vatican Council.
From the design of the space of worship, the interdisciplinary seminar intends to emphasize the processes that determine them in the national and local initiatives launched to ensure greater quality architecture for the Christian liturgy. The modalities and results of the pilot projects of the CEI will then be illustrated, with particular attention to the link between space-image and the dynamics of the liturgy and its poles.
The trait d'union of the proposed path is the itinerary of the perception of the sacred, from anthropological analysis to the Christian liturgy. Furthermore, considering the churches as an image of the Church, the proposed investigation will tend to gather from the architectures the traits of an overall profile, both in an external direction, in relation to the relationship between the Church and the world, and in the opposite direction, in relation to the self-understanding that the Church, over time, matures in itself


Click on the image for the programme

The interdisciplinary seminar is proposed as a place for discussion on the themes of contemporary sacred architecture, with particular reference to that dedicated to the Christian-Catholic liturgy. The meetings will maintain a laboratory profile, in which the communications of the invited speakers will be followed by a space for questions or for a guided debate. For a well-founded approach to the topic, the course intends to offer a general overview of the development of philosophical and ethno-anthropological research on the sacred, interweaving theoretical reflection with philological and paleoanthropological ones.

On these bases it will thus be possible to consider the sacred places in the First Testament and those of Christ's preaching in the Second. New Testament exegesis will be combined with the analysis of the first archaeological evidence to illustrate the main theories relating to the management of sacred space in Christian communities, from its origins to the edict of Theodosius and the role that holy places had in the decadence of Rome.
The ecclesiological and theological-liturgical perspective will intertwine particularly with the technological-constructive one, in examining the innovations brought about in the High Middle Ages by the monastic orders and in the Lower Middle Ages by the Mendicant ones, in the gradual transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic style.

The introduction to the contemporary age will conclude with an analysis of the reforms initiated by the Council of Trent and their regional updates. However, it is with the industrial revolution that the greatest misalignment between innovations in techniques and materials and the tradition of the liturgy is measured. The disconnect between economic-social and ecclesial life is recorded in the most advanced journals dealing with religious architecture between the second half of the 19th century and the Second Vatican Council and was already at the basis of the Liturgical Movement.

First International Funerary Architecture Symposium
City of the dead / City of the living
City of the Dead / City of the Living

Seeking for researches on relations between places for funeral rituals and contemporary towns.
Research on the relationships between spaces of funeral rituals and the contemporary city.
22 - 24 October 2015 - Sala Don Minzoni - Piazza Duomo, 4 - Ravenna


Three meetings on the identity of the celebratory space

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 6 pm - Thursday 14 May 2015, 6 pm - Wednesday 20 May 2015, 6 pm
Urban Center - Piazza del Nettuno, 3 - Bologna


Notes on an interdisciplinary and plurilevel research project

Friday 24 October 2014, 10.30
D'Accursio Palace - Farnese Chapel.


for the candidacy of the University of Bologna for SOLAR DECATHLON 2016

28 July - 31 July 2014 - from 9.30 to 17.30 every day.
Viale Europa, 980 - Cesena


In order not to lose the main road.

Saturday 10 May 2014, 10.00
Municipal Historical Archive - Via Tartini, 2


Architectures for the funeral rite. Spaces of memory between archetypes and neotypes

Wednesday 13 March 2013, 5pm
Aula Magna School of Engineering-Architecture - Viale Risorgimento, 2 - Bologna


Considerations on the trace of the urban space from the Bolognese Jerusalem

Monday 3 December 2012, 4.30 pm
Faculty of Engineering, Aula Magna - Bologna


As part of the IX History Festival,
Historical analysis and virtual reconstruction of the Church and Augustinian Convent of Jesus and Mary at Porta Galliera

Thursday 25 October 2012, 18.00
Oratory of Santa Cecilia - Via Zamboni, 15 - Bologna

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