The Vineyard-Cultural Landscape of the Anthropocene. The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene as a possible laboratory in the framework of Unesco policies was the central
theme of the research conducted by Alessandro Raffa, winner in 2020 of one of the landscape scholarships awarded annually by the Benetton Foundation Research Centre.
Wednesday, April 21st at 5:00 pm in an online meeting, on the Zoom platform, Alessandro Raffa, architect, contract professor in Architectural Design at the Polytechnic of
Milan, will discuss this topic with Giuseppe Barbera, agronomist, Scientific Committee of the Benetton Foundation. Introduced by Luigi Latini, scientific referent of the research.
The research aims to raise questions and open reflections on the cultural landscapes of the vine within the current debate on climate change and heritage, with the hope that the urgent challenges
posed by the great acceleration can be accepted as an opportunity, in line with the recent strategic guidelines of UNESCO and its advisory bodies, to guide future scenarios of sustainable
development in the World Heritage Site of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Among the Unesco vine-cultural landscapes, that of the Hills is, at the moment, the only one to
investigate, in its management plan, the effects induced by climate change. Starting from a critical interpretation of the foreshadowed forms of adaptation, contextualized with respect to
Unesco’s strategic lines and to the ongoing debate on climateheritage, we will offer insights that could inform a more conscious vision, able to seize the opportunities arising from a resilient
Alessandro Raffa affirms: Recently, in the context of heritagestudies, the relationship heritage/climate change has been deepened, interpreting the climate crisis not only as a threat
but as an opportunity, in the present but especially in the future, to activate resilient processes of transformation that encourage towards an ecological transition, in which heritage assumes a
very important role in the glocal dynamics of development.
Viticultural landscapes can contribute significantly to the achievement of the goals set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In fact, the Mediterranean wine landscapes, and the
Italian ones in particular, have rooted in their cultural stratifications a potentially important role in adapting to climate change, thanks to an extreme diversity of varieties and traditional
farming techniques, material and immaterial forms of adaptation that can be reinterpreted in the light of current and future conditions.
Alessandro Raffa, architect, obtains with honors in 2017 the title of PhD in Architectural, Urban and Interior Design at the Politecnico di Milano where, since 2018, he is an adjunct
professor in Architectural Design. Since 2015, he is a member of Oappc of Monza and Brianza where he is a member of the Cultural Heritage and Landscape Commission. He participates in national and
international design competitions, achieving several awards, as well as in conferences and seminars.
As part of the research activities on landscape and the care of places, developed with its Scientific Committee, since 2015 Benetton Foundation Research Centre has been offering annual landscape
scholarships named respectively for Sven-IngvarAndersson (1927-2007), Rosario Assunto (1915-1994) and Ippolito Pizzetti (1926-2007), three extraordinary figures, fundamental
to the scientific work of the Foundation since its establishment, whose cultural and professional legacy continues to inspire and guide landscape studies and research.
The scholarships are residential and addressed, from time to time, to research developed within three thematic areas that represent the cultural profile and operational field of the three
scholars: Landscape Design (Sven-IngvarAndersson), Landscape Theories and Policies (Rosario Assunto), Nature and Garden (Ippolito Pizzetti).
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