In Campello sul Clitunno (PG), the exhibition “Hortus Lizori”

Inaugurated in Campello sul Clitunno (PG), in Umbria, at Borgo Lizori di Pissignagno Alto: the exhibition “Hortus Lizori”

and the Franco Zagari exhibition “The Little Music of the Landscape” open to the public until March 2023

On the occasion of the “Festa dei Frantoi e dei Castelli” on 13 and 20 November, which is part of the Frantoi Aperti circuit in Umbria, the exhibitions will be open to visitors and guided by PhD students authors of the works on display.

It will be held on Sunday November 13 is Sunday November 20 2022, a Campello sul Clitunno (Pg)in Umbria, the “Feast of the mills and castles”oleo-gastronomic event of the excellence of the Open Oil Mills in Umbria (

On the occasion of the event, the two exhibitionsjust inaugurated at Trinci Palace in Pissignano Alto – Borgo Lizori: “Hortus Lizori” exhibition of about thirty tables that take up the design challenge of young PhD students with proposals for landscape and village regeneration, and the exhibition “The Little Music of the Landscape” by the architect, landscape architect Franco Zagari. On the occasion of the “Festa dei Frantoi e dei castelli” the visits will be guided by PhD students who participated in the workshop from which the design works on display emerged.

The workshop and the exhibition “Hortus Lizori”

TO Campello sul Clitunno (Pg), in Umbriaalong the olive grove between Spoleto and Trevi, you can see and stand out in the landscape, the triangular sign, with the summit tower, of a settlement of medieval origin. Lizori (Pissignano Alto) renamed after its recovery in the last decades, it is not only an exceptional place that is not afraid of being in the spotlight, not only in the literal sense, given how it is illuminated when the lights go down; but, also thanks to the stimulus of the Antonio Meneghetti Scientific and Humanistic Research Foundation and under the guidance of its president Pamela Bernabei, this space represents and promotes culture and research, experimentation and innovation.

It is in this context, in the castle of Pissignano, that a collaboration was born with the professors of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which proposed a cultural project of the “Hortus Lizori” workshopproposal aimed at the representation of the landscape for the enhancement of the historical and cultural heritage.

In July 2022 they participated in the four-day workshop 24 PhD students in the disciplines of representation, design and landscape, from various Italian universities from Reggio Calabria to Trento, in a path that has developed starting from seminars focused on the relationship between representation and design and the relationship between built and nature, topics also favored by the setting of the exceptional Umbrian village. Led by university professors and designersthe project exchange opportunity had as its theme the project, the regeneration of historical settlements, the value of the landscape, with the aim of promoting reflections on the project, investigating and interpreting the codes of a language, the poetic values ​​of living that the place offers.

A first exhibition “Hortus Lizori” was born from the workshopinaugurated at Palazzo Trinci in the suggestive Lizori last October 27 and that will be it can be visited on the occasion of the “Feast of the mills and castles”Sunday 13 and 20 November, and which will remain open until March 2023open every Sunday (10.30-13.30 | 15.30-17.30).

The exhibit was inaugurated through a conference presenting the activities carried out and the story of the ideas of the groups of young designers, which was attended by about fifty students of the degree course in Building Engineering / Architecture of the University of Perugia. The installation of the inaugurated exhibition presents about thirty tables that take up the design challenge of the landscape project of a village that already presents itself with its great qualities. The young designers, with different approaches, working in several parts of the village, have tried to transfigure the settlements by analyzing the qualities and criticalities, the potential and the necessary conservation actions. With a necessarily interdisciplinary approach, the proposals give rise to looking beyond what is seen, to imagine how to tell and transform places with proposals that lose the weight of the condemnation of the eternal present and the predominance of economic logic to focus on the value of ideas and on the quality of projects. It is therefore an opportunity for discussion and criticism, on a cultural proposal, on the desire to create that debate which is the foundation of architectural thought and the enhancement of the landscape.

Fabio Bianconi and Marco Filippucci (University of Perugia), Franco Zagari, Matteo Clemente coordinated the activity, involving professors from all over Italy and renowned designers, such as Francesca Fatta (Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria – President of the Italian Association del Designo), Tommaso Empler and Emanuela Chavoni (Sapienza University of Rome), Andrea Giordano (University of Padua), Samaneh Nickayin (Agriculural University of Iceland), Chiara Vernizzi and Andrea Zerbi (University of Parma), Raffaele Federico and Fabrizio Fiorini (University of Perugia), Valerio Morabito (Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria – University of Pennsylvania), Maria Grazia Cianci (University of Roma Tre). Also involved were designers who deal with landscape and open spaces such as Luca Catalano (OS A studio) and Claudio Bertorelli (Centro Studi Usine – Aspro Studio).

The summary of the works, as well as being used to create the exhibit “Hortus Lizori”, through the creation of tables and the work of all those present, students and teachers, will be published in a summary volume that will collect the investigations, the ideas provided from the research of the teachers and the description of the project proposals.

“The Little Music of the Landscape” exhibition of the landscape architect Franco Zagari

In parallel to Hortus Lizori Exhibition, on the upper floor of the same Trinci building, the exhibition on Franco Zagari. Architect, landscape architect, former professor of landscape architecture at the “Mediterranea” University of Reggio Calabria and at the “Sapienza” University of Rome, is Chevalier des arts et lettres, Ministère de la culture, France (1998), member of the Executive Board of Uniscape since 2008, European prize Gubbio 2009, president of the Jury of the VI European Biennial of Landscape of Barcelona, ​​2010, honorary member of AIAPP 2010, “Great tree of the Italian landscape” 2013, RomeArchitettura Award for the career of architect 2014. There are many works made in Italy, France, Scotland, Georgia, Japan, Jordan, including: Giardino a Osaka, 1990; Piazza Montecitorio in Rome, 1998; Lungomari di Porto Sant’Elpidio, 2003 and Castiglioncello, 2006-2007; A bridge and a floating terrace in the Parco del Lago dell’Eur, Rome 2005-2007, Three squares in Saint-Denis (Paris), 2005-2007, Underpass of Bergamo Station, 2009; Dome of the Palace of the Presidency of the Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi 2008; Giardino Z5, Rome 2010; Landscape of the T3 and T7 districts of the city of Marsa Zayed, Aqaba, Jordan 2012; Piazza Matteotti in Catanzaro, 2015; Classis Formiae Commercial Park in Formia, 2015; “Hortus“, 27,000 square meters of gardens for the rest of visitors to Expo Milano 2015 (for Expo and MM, with PanAssociati), Parco della Pace, Vicenza. He is the author of essays and films, including: The architecture of the contemporary garden (one book, one exhibition, six RAI films), Milan 1988; This is landscape. 48 definitions, Rome 2006; Gardens. Design manual, Rome 2009; Landscapes of cities not cities. Franco Zagari. Four research projects, (curated by Giovanni Laganà) Melfi, 2012; On the landscape. Open letter, Melfi, 2013 and 2015; Moving Forest. Expo Milano 2015 Landscape (with Benedetto Selleri), Melfi, 2015; Dancing with Gropius, Piazza Matteotti in Catanzaro, Melfi, 2015.

The exhibition he curates presents the title “The Little Music of the Landscape”, installation with five videos that tell the many design adventures faced in over fifty years of activity. The inauguration of this second exhibition was anticipated by a dialogue on the landscape between Franco Zagari himself, who discussed with the philosopher Raffaele Milani and the director Andrea Soldani, in a debate in which (other) fifty university students participated. Franco Zagari himself invites the exhibition with the following words:

“Listen, I would like to talk to you about the landscape project in the belief that a great job must be done in a very fast span of time to put it into practice in our country in its thousand different cases, making the most of its potential which is not only cultural but also, and relevant, social and economic, therefore political. I would like to try to clarify, on a case-by-case basis, objectives, tools and methods, how to significantly orient a discussion on conurbations that are announced to be ever more infinite, according to what principles of organization to proceed, what should be produced, with what guidelines and with what rules, with what standards, models, prototypes … It is the little music of our daily space that I am talking about, that we must learn again to know how to listen, transcribe, interpret, invent, accepting that it is always different and that it must be brought back to the search for a quality of new centrality, trying wherever possible to bring texts and contexts of public intervention to share that surplus value we call landscape … “

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