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The City of Padua has granted outline planning permission for the construction of the University of Padua’s new campus of Social and Economic Sciences. The project, developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan in collaboration with engineering company Steam, will be built on the site of the former Caserma Piave, a barracks complex in the south-west of Padua’s historic centre, which includes the former Sant’Agostino convent, used as part of the barracks since the nineteenth century. The design proposes both the recovery of historic buildings for teaching, administrative and research activities, and the introduction of a new elliptical building, a pavilion at the centre of the campus accommodating study areas, conference facilities and dining spaces. The project will progress from the preliminary design stage to the design development phase in autumn 2021.
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