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"ARTLANDS" | Carlo Scoccianti | TerraViva Visiting Professor 15.11.18

ARTLANDS PROJECT works as a landscape laboratory, to observe, discuss and interpret it, and then translate all this experience in interventions that explore a new idea of the territory. These interventions are not only designed for the enjoyment of humans, also for all living beings, an ecosystem in the most extensive of senses, with theories based on the works carried out by biologist Carlo Scoccianti.

The Program tends to give rise to new methods of interactions with the landscape. Created by an international committee of artistic and environmental culture experts, the initiative is developed around the activity of Carlo Scoccianti a biologist, expert and WWF specialist in the conservation of “wetland areas” – who since 1996 has been working with a group of people united by the desire to design new leases of life for some areas of the Florentine Plane through forms of altering the landscape.

The construction of this territorial system,” explains Scoccianti, “created with the main aim of protecting the flora, fauna and typical landscapes of the area (...), was an opportunity to experiment over the years with a new way of transforming the territory not only from a purely scientific point of view but also in accordance with innovative research focused on aesthetics.”

“The places I create are on the one hand real spaces shaped according to specific aesthetic choices and on the other they are living, dynamic and interactive settings profoundly tied to the larger area in which they are located. Their ecosystemic nature, typically interrelational, determines an infinite number of meanings depending on the subject taken into consideration each time: in my sites humans are the users but they are on a par with all the other living beings and each acts according to their own interpretative model.”

Given these premises, ARTLANDS looks into the new “wetland areas” of the Florentine Plane and the important role they play for the development of the wider surrounding landscape. The programme, which is taking place over a first period of two years starting from May 2012, is a laboratory in which cultural figures from different fields will observe, interpret and talk about these environments. The results of this new experience is a series of events in order to explore a new idea of landscape.

Casanuova Lake, Renai fi Signa (FI)

"Casting the First Stone" (2012), Campi Bisenzio (FI)

Stepping Stones (2011), Campi Bisenzio (FI)

Focognano Lake (2007) , Campi Bisenzio (FI)

Focognano Lakes (2007), Campi Bisenzio (FI)

TerraViva Competitions

Recently created as a new branch of "TerraViva", this specific section proposes a series of design competitions in line with the topics addressed by our workshops and mainly directed to architecture students, new graduates and young designers.

TACTICAL URBANISM NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the third competition of 2021. Starting from December 13th, registrations will be open until 18/03/2022.


December 13th "Tactical Urbanism NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 18/03/2022; Results on 26/04/2022; Jury:  Miralles Tagliabue EMBT (Barcelona), Public City (Winnipeg), Openfabric (Rotterdam); Orizzontale (Rome); Intuy Lab (Lima); Sports (New York); Atelier Nea (Paris); OBBA (Seoul);


September 10th "Hangar Ticinum - A Community Hub on the River"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 10/12/2021; Results on 20/01/2022; Jury: Piuarch (Milan); TSPA (Berlin); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Operastudio (New York); Degli Esposti Architetti (Milan); Untitled Architecture (Moscow); Comune di Pavia (Pavia); Politecnico di Milano (Milan);

March 15th "The Living Museum - Micro-Architectures in the Landscape"7.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 01/08/2021; Results on 13/09/2021; Jury: Topotek1 (Berlin); Elemental Architecture (New York); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Paredes Pedrosa (Madrid); NADAAA (Boston); One O One Architects (Seoul); Nicolas Campodonico (Rosario); Studio O (Berlin);

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