of Architecture


Chiasso Ponte Chiasso. Integration

Diploma 2020

Accademia di architettura Mendrisio, Diploma Chiasso 2020, collezione Federico Ferraboschi

With the Diploma 2020 we will stay very close to the Academy and focus on Ponte Chiasso, the border-crossing between Chiasso and Como, examining a circle of 3,5 km radius to include a variety of situations and sites that are affected by the border: its specific economic and social implications, its infrastructures and the differences of currency, value, laws and political entities.
The students will be researching the urban, social and economic situation and develop their own programs and typologies, addressing constraining problems and tasks – like migration and integration, affordable housing, inclusive city quarters, redirecting urban flows or creating new models of mobility and sharing. In the sense of sustainability we will try to achieve the most positive with the least negative impact.  The topic of Integration points towards a general integrative and affirmative attitude – integrating foreign and native, old and new, architecture and nature and the project with the urban, social and economic context.


  • Francisco & Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Walter Angonese
  • Michele Arnaboldi
  • Valentin Bearth
  • Martin Boesch
  • Frédéric Bonnet
  • Marc Collomb
  • Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara
  • Kersten Geers
  • Quintus Miller
  • João Nunes & João Gomes da Silva
  • Valerio Olgiati

  • Muck Petzet
  • Jonathan Sergison

in Charge

  • Mounir Ayoub
  • Oana Bogdan
  • Jan De Vylder
  • Vanessa Lacaille
  • Shadi Rahbaran
  • Sascha Rösler
  • Matteo Vegetti

Panel of Judge

Ponte Chiasso (CO). Border, 1964. (Collection Federico Ferraboschi)