Le Stagioni del paesaggio, estate

Pietro Nobili Vitelleschi, Joseph Rigo

Pietro Nobili Vitelleschi is an architect. He lives and works in Milano, where he graduated in 2019 from Politecnico. He’s currently collaborating with architecture offices in Milan, while working on his personal projects through competitions and researches.

Joseph Rigo is an architect. He lives and works in Milan. He graduated in 2019 from Politecnico di Milano, where he’s now a teaching assistant in an architectural design studio. While collaborating with architecture offices in Milan, he develops his personal interests through competitions, projects and thematic researches.

Looking at Labro, a small village in Sabina, from a Labro, a hilltop village in Sabina, like other places in the inner territories, is suspended between its everyday physical reality and the literary image of the Italian landscape.

The literary topos involves physical qualities preserved throughout history and perceived as a common value, while its everyday life results in a network of services binding relationships of interdependence between places, establishing a reticular urbanity.

The here proposed interpretation seeks to overcome the separation between these two spheres using time as a metaphor. Specifically, the flow of time and its cyclicality can represent both the physical and environmental qualities, and also the dynamics taking place in these territories.

The seasons imply two temporalities: the linear one, measuring permanence dealing with settlement modalities, and the cyclic one showcasing change, different intensities and the experience generated by the interaction between the individual, the environment and atmosphere.

The figure of the seasons is thus the background to two projects.

The first one, entitled Le Stagioni del Paesaggio, is a critical reflection on the potential of intervening in this complex context through architecture, given the possibility of new construction by the municipal masterplan of Labro. The project imagines five small buildings in the village and one at the foot of its hill, as a support to everyday life, both in a linear and cyclical sense.

The second project is the temporary activation of a vacant space in the village, during the summer, through an installation showcasing Le stagioni del paesaggio.

Therefore, the metaphor of the seasons tests its potentiality: that of imagining projects of different consistencies and weight, where the overlap between linear and cyclical, permanent and seasonal is not necessarily univocal but opens instead to a multiplicity and variety of designs that, accepting the physical peculiarities of these places, could contribute to their reactivation.

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