JAZZI DRYWALL BUILDING
The Regeneration of Jazzi in Camerota (Italy) - 1st PRIZE
the Bureau in collaboration with artist Andreco and eng. Paride Piccini
Starting from the geological, cultural and historical features of the site, the project aims to create a network of the local energies and economies, in order to foster new attraction. New economic, environmental and social sustainabilities trigger a virtuous system of productive activities, accommodations and entertainment, through mutual aid between actors already in place and others being attracted by it. New initiatives create new jobs, linking the world of cultural associations with agriculture, with small artisan entrepreneurs and local labor. It is regeneration (production of value) on a regional scale.
Manufacturers of dry stone walls that keep the italian polygonal technique, of which there is a trace in the pre-Greek ruins of several archaeological sites in Cilento. Different types of rocks are hand-cut for containment: these are the "muricini", dry walls erected at the border of farm houses, which are still visible today.
The Art of Building Walls
The builders of the drywall on the soils of the Apennine ridge of Campania, are called "muricinari", from which also the name of Jazzo Murici. The uniform spreading of limestone rocks makes crops cultivation very difficult: already in Greek times the fields were reclaimed and, with the collected rocks, stone dry-walls were erected. The project is inspired by this geological, cultural and historical territory: a new ‘”art of wall-building” revives the jazzi.
The land-art piece will be realized according to the ancient practice of "muricinari", collecting stones and building dry-walls. The construction of the art-piece itself, will be a participatory process, open to the population, it will become a learning event for the local workforce. The realization of the artwork is paired and supports (as attractor) the restructuring of jazzi and their inclusion in the regeneration system.
The removal of stones creates fertile areas, to accommodate traditional crops or experiment with new crops, in relation to teaching and tourist activities.
The dry walls are permeable; together with appropriate plantings can contribute to the regimentation andharvesting of rain-water for agricultural use.
The regenerated Jazzi introduce new activities in the area, fueling the tourist resources, teaching and research on the theme of environmental sustainability.
The spirit of the project is to integrate rural tradition, culture, innovation, sports and environmental art, in a multidisciplinary approach. This approach will be sustainable from every point of view, focused on energy productionand economic upgrade, in the first place, but also aimed at cultural and social regeneration. The project will have a strong bond with the local economies in particular those related to agriculture and handicrafts: in Jazzi people will sell local products, obtained in fields reclaimed from the stones. Along the path network that connects the four Jazzi, a site-specific sculpture park will be implemented: works of art made only with natural elements. Through an annual open call for local and international artists, new sculptures will be presented at an annual dedicated event (eg. Arte Sella).
The jazzi are regenerated by combining the most innovative sustainable architecture techniques with traditional techniques; they become multi-functional spaces that can be both tourist destinations that host artistic residencies or training courses for youth and adults.