This workshop focused on the relation between man and landscape, with equilibrium between adaptation and conservation at the heart of the issue. The field of this group research project was the village of Castelnuovo Berardenga and its territory; traditional settlement at the door of Siena in the middle of the world famous rural environment: the Chianti region of Italy.
The final objective, in a work process lead with a stable dialogue with the local administration, was to investigate possible strategies of evolution of the region considering the main factors informing the transformations of contemporary landscape: mass tourism, infrastructural nets, residential and commercial pressure along with the evolution of the booming agricultural industry.
Project Leader: Andrea Vercellotti
Project: Reorganizing residence by Olesia Saraeva, Ecenur Yesildag The main idea of this project is to find a new solution for the residence of Castelnuovo village. We found three different types of residential units which will complete the area of the village and will provide new places for living. Our first proposal «to set» means to set the border between internal and external parts of the village. The second proposal «to duplicate» means to duplicate the old types of houses and use them like a prototype to build new one. The final proposal «to infill» abandoned buildings and with a help of that give them second life. Project Leader: Andrea Vercellotti
Project: Shopping with landscape by Julian Alexander Yi-Chun, Chen Anna Larina The workshop will face one of the most relevant items of contemporary design: the relation between man and landscape, from the point of view of the equilibrium between adaptation and conservation. The field of our research is the village of Castelnuovo Berardenga and its territory, traditional settlement at the door of Siena in the middle of one of the most world famous rural environment, the Chianti region. In this site the relation between geography, history and economy has produced a unique landscape, still preserved and alive today because still active are the reasons of its formation. Inside a context of uncommon integrity and a great environmental value, the question is: the landscape transformation is possible or any kind of alteration is damaging for the “beauty of landscape”? How can we react to the requests of modern life to insert a new element or to adapt an existing one in an a so apparently complete frame? Which are the tools to intervene to conciliate transformation and conservation? How can we save landscape without freezing it? The final objective, in a work process leaded with a stable dialogue with the local administration, is to investigate possible strategies of evolution of the region considering the main factors informing the transformations of contemporary landscape: mass tourism, infrastructural nets, residential and commercial pressure and the evolution of agriculture in agro-industry. The project‘s goal is a demonstration of inserting micro interventions to enhance the local economic system, and give brand to purchasing local goods in Castelnuovo municipality. Project Leader: Andrea Vercellotti
Project: Villa Chigi Saracini foundation by Sofya Dolgaya, Guillermo Colina Hernandez The Villa Chigi Saracini is located in the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga near Siena in the Tuscany region. The main idea of this project is to transform the Villa into a foundation that will host students from all over the world providing all the needed spaces for them to do research and develop projects. At the same time, the public spaces of the Villa will be opened to the general public, featuring artistic and cultural events trough all the year. The strategy is divided in 4 different stages, from the opening of the garden to the general public, to the specific interventions inside the Villa, according to a profound demographical and sociological research. Project Leader: Andrea Vercellotti