Manifesto for Belmonte Calabro, a hill-top village in Southern Italy

Denicke-Polcher, Sandra and McAllister, Jane (2018) Manifesto for Belmonte Calabro, a hill-top village in Southern Italy. Documentation. London Metropolitan University.


The book brings together the pedagogy and projects of architecture students within Studio 3 and Unit 6 at The Cass, London Metropolitan University, working in the hill-top village Belmonte Calabro, in South Italy.

The project is entitled "Crossing Cultures" and aims to bring about strategic change and foster social development while teaching architecture in an inclusive, engaged, and collaborative way. It situates the depopulated Italian mountain village Belmonte Calabro in the region of Calabria, in close proximity to a concern for the integration of culturally diverse migrants who have crossed the sea to arrive on the coast of southern Italy, most of them claiming refugee status. In a number of ways, the region has come to embody a frontier: for migrants and refugees from the global south attempting to gain access to Europe; for citizens, desperate to sustain their shrinking towns against the magnetic pull of Italy’s urban centres; for architecture students and recent graduates committed to redefining their model of practice and future professional role through meaningful community engagement.

The book consists of a forward about "building identity in a fragile landscape", a description of the making and cultural events organised in the village since 2016, and a selection of 15 student projects developed for the village during the academic year 2017/18.

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