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Valle Malvaglia, Switzerland 2000-2015

Sceru and Giumello are two mountain pastures located at 2,000 metres above sea level. The architectural intervention addresses the ruins of farms on these mountainsides, and consists in the rearrangement of the fallen stones within their original perimeter. The reconstruction of the ruins protects the landscape by re-establishing the farms as reference points in the territory, restoring the public space of this place. The interventions physically manifest themselves as a redefinition of the volumes of the ruins, like a reshaping of the surrounding space or work with the landscape, carried out for its users. However, their most significant contribution is immaterial and consists in a tribute to the civilizations that preceded us.

These acts of recomposition address the issue of abandonment, a constant phenomenon in human history as a result of wars, climate change, economic vicissitudes or natural disasters. In this case, abandonment is due to the disappearance of mountain settlements geared to an Alpine economy. Our project offers a real alternative to numerous attempts in the recent past to redevelop and revitalize these realities. It was carried out exclusively on a voluntary basis, with the participation of friends, students, families, colleagues and other people involved in the project. The owners of the farms affected by these interventions, the landowners and the local population in general leapt at the idealism and effectiveness of a project that addresses a reality in which they are emotionally invested. We have received numerous requests to take part in upcoming interventions.

The project offers a concise, economical response to the specific need to give a new meaning to abandoned pastureland. It also satisfies the need for an appropriate epilogue to the life cycle of the farms and the civilization they represent. Factors such as simplicity, durability, participation, idealism, constancy and beauty guarantee the lasting value of these interventions, helping to strengthen the scenic appeal of the place and, above all, consolidating the presence of positive values in its society.


Project realized with the help of Jorge Osatinsky, Mattia Agates, Michele Alberio, Stefano Albert, Melina Angeletti, Filippo Bertamini , Mirko e Nio Bonetti, Lorenzo Campagna, Milo, Nico, Paolo e Vasco Canevascini, Gildardo Corzo Ariza, Victoria Diaz Saravia, Elias Dörig, Silvia Ducart, Ludovica Franchetti, Francesca Gagliardi, Francesco Gamba, Filippo Gismondi, Gregorio Lacchio, Alessandro Loda, Nadia, Marcello e Michele Martinoni, Giulia, Marcello, Marta e Monica Maugeri, Flavia Mazzanti, Jeffery Meylan, Barbara, Diego, Martin e Matias Muntaner, Samira Muster, Andrea Nardi, Surya Panzeri, Giulia Pederzini, Siro e Matilde Pedrozzi, Patrick Sidler, Federico Rossi, Alma Sartoris, Laurina Sponagel, Nicola Torniamenti, Daniel Varon, Antonio Vassallo, Thomas Winkelmann e Sidi Vanetti.

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Martino Pedrozzi

Martino Pedrozzi (Zurich,1971) lived in Peru from 1973 to 1975. After graduating at the EPFL, he worked in the office of Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro. His architectural office in Mendrisio is confronted to heterogeneous themes, dimensions and contexts, ranging from minimal interventions such us the restoration of ruined farmsteads in Sceru,  to challenging urban competitions such as the headquarters of the Swiss Federal Railways. He was awarded international prizes, such as the New Alpine Architecture in 1999 and 2006. Since 2003, he is founder and head of WISH (Workshop on International Social Housing) at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture where he is also visiting professor.

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