A session of discussion and dialogue with leading national and international experts on landscape representation and village regeneration
It ended on Friday, July 7, in the Castle of Pissignano Alto – Borgo Lizori in Campello sul Clitunno (Pg), the workshop “Lizori. Signs and Dialogues,” a session of meeting and work among internationally renowned artists, professors and architects, which lasted three days and was organized by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Perugia, with the patronage of the Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno and the collaboration of the Antonio Meneghetti Foundation for Scientific and Humanistic Research.
Concluding the workshop was a conference moment opened by Fabio Bianconi and Marco Filippucci who were responsible for the project from which the workshop originated and professors from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Perugia, who wanted to emphasize how the regeneration of rural villages and the enhancement of the landscape are the result of understanding the story, the history of the place.
“We wanted to host architects and artists at Lizori,” said Fabio Bianconi, “to allow researchers that this would provoke a dialogue with the surrounding landscape. We believe that drawing, representing means knowing that is why we have placed the sign at the center of this path of work and knowledge, so as to be able to understand this place through the gaze and vision of architects and artists who here in Lizori are “seekers” of meaning, ready to grasp its essence, in its relationship between architecture and nature, with its complexities and contradictions.”
The academic world is dealing with small rural villages and their recovery, as argued at the conference by the President of the Order of Architects of Perugia, also to be able to give input to politics so that there is a move toward greater valorization of these areas, because it is in the valorization of rural villages that there is a future.
Explaining the reasons for the collaboration between the University of Perugia and the Scientific and Humanistic Research Foundation Antonio Meneghetti was Pamela Bernabei, president of the Foundation. ““The Foundation in 2019 acquired Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council for its activities in the public and social interest. The Foundation’s work in promoting and supporting intellectual and humanities activities, encouraging contacts between scientists and experts of different nationalities, and facilitating the international exchange of information and dissemination of scientific knowledge is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, as a response to SDGs 4, 11 and 17, the Foundation promotes and supports initiatives and projects to identify higher education solutions to encourage the evolution, sustainable development and enhancement of rural areas and villages such as the Lizori Project, which involves the organization of events, workshops and summer sessions in which the medieval village becomes a large classroom/laboratory.”
After the greetings of the presidents of the professional orders of engineers and architects of Perugia, there was an important moment of discussion with the artists and architects who participated in the workshop who recounted their observations, their experiences of the village of Lizori and presented studies of what will be their works. In fact, each participant was asked to create a representation of their experience in Borgo Lizori. The works resulting from the workshop will be the protagonists of an exhibition that will travel to different cities in Italy, before being set up at Palazzo Trinci in Pissignano Alto – Borgo Lizori