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Composition, construction site, travel, technical skills are the background an architect needs. The fast-changing world requires architects to update their skills just as fast. This is what a university like IUAV in Venice has to do. New housing requirements need more than old or simply spectacular answers. To solve this impasse two training objectives are required: ability to read the world and reality and a crosscutting approach to face the complexity of the issues at stake. Italy has many architects who could work on land maintenance and post-earthquake reconstruction.