International Landscape Study Days

2022, eighteenth edition

in the afternoons of Friday 18th, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th February

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 febbraio 2022

different views on the abandoned places with

Nadia Breda, professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of Florence

Michela De Poli, landscape architect, MADE Associati, Treviso

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

Marco Marchetti, professor in Ecology and Management of Forest Resources, University of Molise

Mauro Varotto, professor in Geography and Cultural Geography, University of Padua

Antonella Tarpino, historian and essayist, Nuto Revelli Foundation, and Daniele Ferrazza, journalist

Günther Vogt, landscape architect, Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, Zurich-London-Berlin-Paris


Thursday 24 February 2022

urban landscapes with

Jill Desimini, professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

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

Sara Marini, professor in Architecture and Urban Composition, Iuav University, Venice


Friday 25 February 2022

leisure landscapes with

Katja Aßmann, artistic director Spreepark, GrünBerlin, Berlin

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

Martì Franch, landscape architect, EMF paisatge, Girona

Fabio Salomoni, sociologist, Department of Foreign Languages, Koç University, Istanbul