Abandonment. The landscape and the fullness of the void

International Landscape Study Days 2022, eighteenth edition
online on Zoom

The theme of abandonment of working and living places – from rural to mountain communities, minimal living spaces to large industrial complexes – has long been at the centre of the debate on the future of our planet and has given rise to a flourish of projects which, even as regards the landscape, has generated new methods and attitudes.

Current forms of abandonment need further study and the landscape and garden culture can approach this with a mindset and the means that consider this condition a value in itself and an opportunity for growth, seeing actions not as corrective measures but as an invaluable exercise in coexistence.

Abandoned places are therefore not purely a memory of the past or spaces waiting to be replaced by something new: the question is now how this state of limbo or lack of consideration can give rise to a “culture of abandonment”, which landscape research, together with the involvement of many others, can adopt and “cultivate” in a constructive and shared manner.


Friday 18 February 2022, h 3–7 pm

different views on the abandoned places

Corrispondenze, screening of the short film by Marco Zuin and Alessandro Padovani made on the occasion of the study days 2022

Anthropology of the third landscape, Nadia Breda, professor in Cultural Anthropology, University of Florence

The satisfaction of abandonment, Michela De Poli, landscape architect, MADE Associati, Treviso

Unintentional landscapes, Matthew Gandy, professor of Cultural and Historical Geography, University of Cambridge

Integration or segregation in the use of land and landscapes?, Marco Marchetti, professor in Ecology and Management of Forest Resources, University of Molise

“Montagne di mezzo”: coming to terms with abandonment, Mauro Varotto, professor in Geography and Cultural Geography, University of Padua

White, Grey, Green – Alpine Landscapes in Morphosis, Günther Vogt, Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, Zurich-London-Berlin-Paris

Lost. Past and future of abandoned sites in Italy, Antonella Tarpino, historian and essayist, Nuto Revelli Foundation, talks with Daniele Ferrazza, journalist of the GEDI group


Thursday 24 February 2022, h 4.30–7 pm

urban landscapes

From Fallow: Unbuilding the Urban, Jill Desimini, professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Careful abandonment, Pablo Georgieff, Coloco, Paris, and Lorenzo Romito, Stalker, Rome

Islands. Waste landscapes and new lands, Sara Marini, professor in Architecture and Urban Composition, Iuav University, Venice

Stalker, by Andrej Tarkovskij (URSS, 1979, 161’), online screening introduced by Pablo Georgieff and Lorenzo Romito


Friday 25 February 2022, h 4.30–7 pm

leisure landscapes

Abandonment as a commission for art and landscaping, Katja Aßmann, artistic director Spreepark, GrünBerlin, Berlin

Dolomiti Contemporanee, Gianluca D’Incà Levis, founder of Dolomiti Contemporanee, director of the ‘Spazio di Casso’ centre at Vajont

Regimes of care and neglet, Martì Franch, landscape architect, EMF paisatge, Girona

Memory, topophilia, conflict and urban transformation: “abandoned” football stadia, Fabio Salomoni, sociologist, Department of Foreign Languages, Koç University, Istanbul