GAIA 2009

Course Description

International Workshop of Architecture and Urban Planning

During July 13th and 25th a group of architecture students of two prestigious universities in Mexico met in La Maddalena, Sardinia, to develop a workshop of planning and urban design along the lines of environmental and social sustainability in areas with a strong tourism in transformation.
The territory of the archipelago of La Maddalena is in a phase of change of land use, from military settlement of the Navy Italian and U.S. into a touristic environment.
The establishment of the National Park of La Maddalena has legitimized his new vocation not only protecting and enhancing the natural landscape typical of the Mediterranean, but also the cultural landscape.
Coordinated by architect Angelo Giuseppe Spinetti, a group of selected students of the Universidad de Monterrey (University of Monterrey) and the Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM), developed different projects for the recovery of the Village of Stagnali at the island of Caprera, that forms part of the National Park holding museums and the Environmental Education Center.Project proposals were advertised through the local press and an exhibition open to the entire community and local authorities held at the headquarters of the National Park.
This has allowed an interesting process of interaction between students and the local community who commented with enthusiasm the project proposals.

Jaime García Contreras, Jorge E. Vallina , Mariana Garcia Lares , Mariana Elizondo Guerra , Sara Novelo Esquivel , Verónica Tamez Peña y Mariana García Chávez from University of Monterrey’s architecture school as well as Brenda Perez Torres from Tecnológico of Monterrey have been able to interpret the natural scenery and varied social and changing of La Maddalena, which in recent months has been the center of attention for large works to host the event of the G8 , addressing environmental and social issues through participatory planning methods and sustainability.

Course Details

The project involved the recovery of the Village of Stagnali to Caprera. Born as a military settlement now is slowly turning. The projects didn’t proposed new models but instead presented solutions that contribute to a natural change respecting ecological, social and cultural rights of local residents and taking into account the presence of the National Park whose goal is to to create a Center for Environmental Education and research and a reception point where the paths start at the cultural and environmental archipelago.
The projects accomplished with all the vocation of the place but everyone has been interpreted in a different way from the creation of an " Interactive Cultural Park " and sensory pathways for children (Brenda Perez and Sara Novelo), until the creation of the "Centro cultural Stagnali ", a nature trail and cultural offering workshops for learning the techniques of artisan carpenters, vineyards for wine production, and spaces dedicated to the research and conservation of species of native flora. (Jaime García y Jorge Vallina).
The results exceeded the expectations of the workshop, which had as its purpose to introduce students to sustainable architecture and urban planning in areas with high tourism.
Experiences like this allow you to bring architecture students and their projects to the community by creating interactions with the affected population.
This translates into an integral learning system that has as an objective to give a real academic dimension exercise and at the same time allows understanding and fitting into a context in a more direct and constant way.