The project merits distinction for its outstanding approach to enhancing the performative scope of existing structures while simultaneously exercising care in preserving the inherent qualities of the landscape. In this respect, a global lesson is postulated in the fusion of preservation and innovation, one that is applicable at varying scales of intervention. A high degree of finesse is exercised in coordinating a diversity of stakeholders to produce a viable model for long-term improvement of the natural and manmade environment.
Additionally, a skillful dialogue between permanence and change is established, conveying both an acute awareness of the historical evolution of the site as well as dexterity in integrating contemporary materials and technology into facilities of the past.
Yet another strength of the work lies in the critical rethinking of the conventional master plan. An acupunctural sensibility to renewal is promoted over wholesale reconstruction or development. The ingenious reuse of already available resources such as existing buildings, infrastructure and water power not only promotes self-sustaining measures of contextual invigoration, but also raises awareness of the environment itself as a dynamic participant in forming a collective sense of place.
A more significant transformation in territorial value is thereby forwarded, one that promises to fortify the unique economic base of the regional culture by animating interest in the newly won identity of the valley.See more
The Holcim Awards Silver of USD 250,000 went to a regional masterplan that is a fusion of preservation and innovation aimed at strengthening the economic base of the Mulini Valley in Italy. The project was coordinated by Luigi Centola, Centola & Associati, Rome and Mariagiovanna Riitano, University of Salerno, Fisciano in cooperation with partners from Italy, Spain, USA and the United Kingdom.
TVB School of Habitat Studies professor, Principal of Ashok B Lall Architects and member of the jury, Ashok B Lall (India), commended the project for enhancing the functional range of existing structures and carefully preserving the inherent qualities of the landscape: “The project elegantly coordinates a diversity of stakeholders to produce a viable model for long-term improvement of natural and constructed environments,” he said. The project demonstrates acute awareness of the evolution of the site and proficiently blends contemporary materials and technologies into historic building fabric.Read more »
Following five regional competitions, 15 Award-winning projects will now compete in the first global Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The global phase of the competition showcases the best entries from more than 1500 submissions from 118 countries, and encourages innovative, future-oriented and tangible approaches within the building and construction industry.Holcim Awards competition goes global »
The first prize of USD 100,000 went to Professor Luigi Centola from Rome for a revitalization project in a side valley near Amalfi, Italy. In the words of the jury president Professor Mohsen Mostafavi, the expansive restoration and renewal project “perfectly combines historic and modern architecture.” The project could give a significant boost to the economically impoverished area, says the dean of the College of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell University (USA). This outstanding project is not the work of one individual, but of several teams from industry to universities to public institutions. This sort of teamwork is typical for projects in the field of sustainable construction – because sustainability always involves a whole range of aspects.Media release – Prizes for sustainable construction projects in Europe »
The project’s overall strength lies in increasing the performative capabilities of the landscape and giving its inherent qualities a convincing architectonic expression through the introduction of new sustainable uses for the recovered structures located on the site. Although proposed for a large area of the selected region, the work is scale independent and therefore applicable to other projects. Also to be credited is the collaborative symbiosis of university, private industry, and local representatives.
The project demonstrates a high ethical standard in combining historic preservation and contemporary architectural expression to conserve the identity giving latitude of the structures. The concept for self-sustaining buildings - waterpower - is ecologically sensitive while at the same time introduces a convincing financial model for long-term improvement of the economic condition of the region.
While the ensemble of the buildings was given special attention, the individual interventions manifest a successive, continuous impact, thus making a revitalization of the valley easily conceivable. With acute contextual awareness, the project displays a high degree of skill in coordinating diversity as well as maintaining an aesthetic balance between existing and new structures.See more
The project uses water as the central theme with the preservation of a number of historic buildings and maintaining aesthetic balance between existing and new structures. Set in the magnificent context of the steep valley of the River Canneto rising between Amalfi and Scala, this project aims to recover a landscape and a system of pre-industrial water mills (mulini) currently in danger of collapse beyond repair.
The project has three main aspects: Restoration of the system of water channels to irrigate the man-made terraces and supply the tanks that power the renovated mills; Water Power as a source for hydro-mechanical engines for lifts, cranes, pumps, transport systems, air cooling and energy production and to illustrate the importance of water as a political issue in the world today; and New Energy through the production of renewable energy in the form of hydrogen or electricity to be used as an infrastructural resource to sustain the project as a whole.Download project entry poster (PDF, 11.50 MB) »See more
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