Last week, on September 16th 2023, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, ‘The Rebirth of Lizori’ and the ‘Hortus Lizori’ projects were presented at the event “International Best Practices for Sustainable and Inclusive Rural Evolution through Innovations in Higher Education, Science and Gender Equality” organized by the Antonio Meneghetti Scientific and Humanistic Research Foundation – Switzerland, as part of the SDGs Action weekend programme.
The event was held at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room inside the UN Building and focused on identifying higher educational solutions to encourage sustainable development of rural areas as a response to SDGs 4,5,10,11,16,17.
Lizori project was presented and delivered concrete action. https://www.fondazionemeneghetti.ch/sdg-action-weekend/
What is the SDG Action Weekend? To maximize the SDG Summit’s impact, the Secretary General has convened an SDG Action Weekend, which generated opportunities for stakeholders, UN entities, and Member States to convene inside the United Nations Headquarters and set out specific commitments and contributions to drive SDG transformation between now and 2030.
In partnership with: Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, AICESIS, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Perugia, Berkeley University of California, UN International Telecommunication Union (UN ITU), Institute of Economics of the Latvian Academy Sciences, Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Peace Innovative Initiative, University for Peace, Peace Boat US, Hunt Hill Farm, Beijing Association for Mental Health, ESCP Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Society, Build it Up!
Lizori in the world! The ‘Hortus Lizori’ project selected and published on the United Nations website on the SDG Action Platform for Sustainable Development! Project supported by the Antonio Meneghetti Scientific and Humanistic Research Foundation and conceived by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Perugia University, Italy.
Published by Maggioli Editore, in more than 350 pages the volume reports the results of the educational and experimental course proposed within the workshop held at Borgo “Lizori” in Campello sul Clitunno (PG). Aimed at doctoral students and supported by a group of teachers and designers, the activity was interested in the reading and interpretation of the historic village of Lizori.
Here you can find the preview
A session of discussion and dialogue with leading national and international experts on landscape representation and village regenerationIt ended on Friday, July 7, in the Castle of Pissignano Alto – Borgo Lizori in Campello sul Clitunno (Pg), the workshop “Lizori. Signs and Dialogues,” a session of meeting and work among internationally renowned artists, professors and architects, which lasted three days and was organized by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Perugia, with the patronage of the Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno and the collaboration of the Antonio Meneghetti Foundation for Scientific and Humanistic Research.
Concluding the workshop was a conference moment opened by Fabio Bianconi and Marco Filippucci who were responsible for the project from which the workshop originated and professors from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Perugia, who wanted to emphasize how the regeneration of rural villages and the enhancement of the landscape are the result of understanding the story, the history of the place.
“We wanted to host architects and artists at Lizori,” said Fabio Bianconi, “to allow researchers that this would provoke a dialogue with the surrounding landscape. We believe that drawing, representing means knowing that is why we have placed the sign at the center of this path of work and knowledge, so as to be able to understand this place through the gaze and vision of architects and artists who here in Lizori are “seekers” of meaning, ready to grasp its essence, in its relationship between architecture and nature, with its complexities and contradictions.”
The academic world is dealing with small rural villages and their recovery, as argued at the conference by the President of the Order of Architects of Perugia, also to be able to give input to politics so that there is a move toward greater valorization of these areas, because it is in the valorization of rural villages that there is a future.
Explaining the reasons for the collaboration between the University of Perugia and the Scientific and Humanistic Research Foundation Antonio Meneghetti was Pamela Bernabei, president of the Foundation. ““The Foundation in 2019 acquired Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council for its activities in the public and social interest. The Foundation’s work in promoting and supporting intellectual and humanities activities, encouraging contacts between scientists and experts of different nationalities, and facilitating the international exchange of information and dissemination of scientific knowledge is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, as a response to SDGs 4, 11 and 17, the Foundation promotes and supports initiatives and projects to identify higher education solutions to encourage the evolution, sustainable development and enhancement of rural areas and villages such as the Lizori Project, which involves the organization of events, workshops and summer sessions in which the medieval village becomes a large classroom/laboratory.”
After the greetings of the presidents of the professional orders of engineers and architects of Perugia, there was an important moment of discussion with the artists and architects who participated in the workshop who recounted their observations, their experiences of the village of Lizori and presented studies of what will be their works. In fact, each participant was asked to create a representation of their experience in Borgo Lizori. The works resulting from the workshop will be the protagonists of an exhibition that will travel to different cities in Italy, before being set up at Palazzo Trinci in Pissignano Alto – Borgo Lizori
SIDE EVENT AT THE 2023 ECOSOC YOUTH FORUM organized by the Scientific and Humanistic Research Foundation Antonio Meneghetti Switzerland
25th of April 2023
Motivated by the theme of the 2023 HLPF on “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels” the Antonio Meneghetti Scientific and Humanist Research Foundation F.A.M.(a Swiss no-profit organization in Special Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council of United Nations) organized a virtual Side Event during the 2023 Annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, on 25 April 2023 to promote capacity-building initiatives connected to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achievements, among young people. The side event “Three Erasmus+ projects: ‘Now I know how!’, ‘I am able2DO’ and ‘EQUALS-EU: Gender Equality for Youth leadership globally’ to foster entrepreneurship competences and creativity in young people starting from scratch” was organized around the need to ensure that younger generations are aware of the benefits of the implementation of SDG’s through cooperation, and to sustain and accelerate action for delivering them.
To achieve this, the courses focused on how to foster young people’s knowledge and ability to enter the job market as protagonists to help the contest where they live, concentrating mainly on the entrepreneurial sphere (and Made in Italy case study), in order to ensure a new economic and entrepreneurial renewal generation, particularly attentive to social issues, to the ethical aspect of work, sustainability, inclusiveness and gender equality.
The courses involved participants from 20 different countries.
www.nowiknowhow.eu This side event was organized in partnership with: Foilservice ltd, Marudo (Italy) Black Sea Center of Excellence (BSCE), Dobrich (Bulgaria) Institute of Economics of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga (Latvia) Baltic Ontopsychology Association (BOA) (Latvia)
Landscape and regeneration of ancient village
On 27 October 2022, inaugurated in Palace Trinci in borgo Lizori (Pissignano Alto, Campello sul Clitunno (PG), in Umbria, the exhibition “Hortus Lizori” and the Franco Zagari exhibition “The Little Music of the Landscape” open to the public every Sunday, until March 2023.
The installation of the exhibition “Hortus Lizori” presents about thirty tables that take up the design challenge of the landscape project of Lizori village that already presents itself with its great qualities. The young designers, with different approaches, working in several parts of the village, have tried to transfigure the settlements by analyzing the qualities and criticalities, the potential and the necessary conservation actions.
The exhibition “The Little Music of the Landscape”of Franco Zagari – one of the most famous landscape architects in the world – is an installation with five videos that tell the many design adventures faced in over fifty years of activity.
The HORTUS LIZORI workshop for European doctorate schools (icar17/15) of design and restoration of small ancient villages took place from 6 to 9 July 2022 with a specific focus on Borgo Lizori (Borgo San Benedetto, Campello sul Clitunno).
The workshop focused on landscape representation for the valorisation of the historical and cultural heritage of the hamlet of Lizori. It involved 23 PhD students in the disciplines of project and landscape representation from various Italian and European universities. Led by university professors and designers, the exchange focused on the design of open spaces within the Borgo Lizori. With theoretical lectures and operational support in design, the PhD students divided into groups worked on designing and enhancing various areas of Borgo Lizori.
The Hortus Lizori project is the winner of the Meneghetti Award, through which the workshop was financed, and through which the next phases of the project will be funded: an editorial publication and a specific project to keep, in Borgo Lizori, a permanent memory of the study that the doctoral students accomplished on site, according to the SDG’s “4 Quality Education”, “15 Life on Land”, “16 Peace, Justice and strong Institution” and “17 Partnerships for the goals”.
Sponsored by: UniPG, Scientific and Humanistic Research Foundation Antonio Meneghetti, Lablandscape, Ordine Architetti Perugia, Ordine of Engineers Perugia, UID Italian Union for Design, Province of Perugia, Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno.
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