Parco Geominerario, Sardinia

21st - 31st May 2012

Realizing Landscape Installations

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Join this year’s team in Sardinia for LandWorks Sardinia 2012. The workshop will take place from 21-31 May 2012 on the south-west coast of Sardinia within the Geomineral, Historic and Environmental Park, a unique UNESCO heritage site.

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The workshop

During the 10 days of intense work together with local actors and under the guidance of the internationally renowned guests invited for this LandWorks 2012 edition, the workshop participants who come from all over the world and from many different academic institutions, will create temporary and permanent installations using only materials collected on the site, both natural, as well as the artificial “garbage” coming from the old disused mines. The Participants will create artefacts that represent a significant memory for the locals who contributed to building and installing them, as well as for the tourists that every year tour the “unpolluted” and crystallized territories of the Park. The international students will be divided into different work groups and will work under the direction of a Team Leader, chosen between the international artists and landscape architects invited for this second edition as listed below. During the intense ten-day program, each group will realize their landworks.

Photo of old mining building by Annacaterina Piras

Project Leaders

Ferdinand Ludwig

Baubotanik | Stuttgart

Ferdinand LudwigFerdinand Ludwig is a pioneering architect in the field of “Living Plant Constructions” (Baubotanik). In the recent years he designed and realized highly regarded projects that combine growth processes of living plants with an engineering approach. In his PhD-studies, he develops multiple horticultural construction techniques and analyzed botanical rules of growth to deduce construction rules for living plant constructions. In 2007 he was one of the co-founders of the “Research Group Baubotanik” at the Institute of Architectural Theory at the University of Stuttgart. Since that time he organized different workshops and hold many lectures on Living Plant Constructions at the University of Stuttgart and worldwide. Since 2008 he is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Basics of Modern Architecture (IGMA), University of Stuttgart.

Joao Nunes

PROAP | Lisboa

Joao NunesJoao Nunes is a Landscape architect. He has a Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Institute Superior de Agronomia da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Escuela Tècnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcellona, Universitá Politecnica di Catalunya. Joao is Founder and director of the Landscape Architecture Studio PROAP - Estudos e Projectos de Arquitectura Paisagista Lda, where he practices his activity as a Landscape Architect. Joao teaches at the same Institute where he achieved his degree, and extends his didactic activity as a lecturer in seminars at various schools, including Harvard, Universitá di Girona, Escuela Tècnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and the Politecnico di Milano.


Chris Phongphit

SoA+D | Bangkok

Chris PhongphitBorn in the German Alps in 1976, Chris is a multidisciplinary designer, landscape-architect and conceptual photographer. He has moved 35 times already and for the past eight years he has taught topics including critical & creative thinking, architectural presentation, introduction to design, photography and creative problem solving. After his studies he set up a landscape architecture office in Berlin. In 2006 Chris left for Thailand, where he created a photography book about the urban space of Bangkok. In 2008 Chris runs his own Design Thinking Workshops in cooperation with Nospace & Tadu Art gallery. He exhibited his Art & Design work at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) during the Bangkok Design Festival 08. Christian teaches at the School of Architecture & Design at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), one of the main cultural partners of LandWorks Sardinia from its first Edition in 2011.

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Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec

CUPEUM | Montreal

Philippe Poullaouec-GonidecWinner of the Research Foundation Trudeau, Philip Poullaouec-Gonidec is founder (2003) and UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environment at the University of Montreal (CUPEUM). He is also cofounder (1996) and Chair in Landscape and Environment at the University of Montreal. Landscape architect and environmental artist, he is a professor in the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Montreal, where he was director from 1991 to 1996. He was visiting professor at several universities including the University of Sassari (Italy), University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy), the School of Architecture Paris La Villette (France), the Lebanese University Beirut, the University of Architecture Hanoi (Vietnam) and the University of Reggio Calabria (Italy). Through these activities, with UNESCO, he runs to date a cooperative network of 23 academic institutions in 5 regions (North America, Asia, Europe, North Africa and Middle East). In 2007, he received the insignia of Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France highlighting its contribution to the recognition of the cultural landscape project and that of contemporary art gardens.

Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec

Craig Verzone

VWA | Lausanne

Craig VerzoneBorn in 1967 in Lowell, MA, USA, Verzone grew up in the suburbs of Lowell before he studied landscape architecture at Cornell University (Presidential Scholar 1986-90) and urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MLAUD 1992-94). In 1988, he received the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy. He has taught at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, the Joint Masters Program of Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in Fribourg and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is licensed as a landscape architect in Massachusetts since 1994 and a member of the Swiss Federation of Landscape Architects, FSAP as well as a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Roberto Zancan

Domus Vice Director | Milan

Roberto ZancanHe took his degree in Architecture and PhD at the University Institute of Architecture of Venice; Certificat d'Etudes en Approfondies Architecture in Jardins et paysages historiques at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Paysage de Versailles; Winner of post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Design of Politecnico di Bari, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Research Associate at the Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He was Professor at the Ecole de Paysage de la Faculté d'Aménagement de l'Université de Montréal. Founding member of the laboratory professional multimedia architecture and urbanism zD6, He is currently deputy director of the historic architecture and design magazine Domus.

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The workshop starts on 21st of May and ends on the afternoon of the 31stof May. On the 26th the groups will present their progress in the afternoon and will attend  a performance in the evening. On the 30th there will be the new LandWorks tour and the traditional final party. On the last day of 31st May, there will be a closing international jury with some scientific observers from main Universities and Academic Institutions Partners.


15.00_Opening in Montevecchio_Guspini
19.00_Welcome Aperitif


15.00_MidPresentation Event_Arbus
20.00_ Performers show


10.00_New LandWorks 2012 Tour
20.00_ Final Party


10.00_Closing LandWorks Sardinia 2012 Edition


Sardinia, Italy

The operative workshop will start on 21st of May 2012 in Sardinia, on the south-west coast, within the Geomineral, Historic and Environmental Park of Sardinia, a unique UNESCO heritage site. The workshop activities will take place at three specific locations. The first site is the ex-mining area of Monteponi, where the historic archive is situated, precious chest of the cartography and documents of Sardinia’s mining history. Another work location is situated on ex-mining site of Levante near Montevecchio village, where you can still visit the Anglosarda Gallery. The last site is near the Ingurtosu-Naracauli area, where only the ruins of the miners village remain, beside the Piscinas River, that runs down to the beautiful Piscinas beach, with its famous historic dune landscape. The landscape setting is unique with its natural, historical and cultural heritage, including the ruins of the Sardinian mining industry, closed just 20 years ago. There sites are like an open air museum that gives visitors the history of an interesting period of industrial development in Sardinia.

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Official languages are English and Italian, but it could be possible to hear and use French and German.

What to bring: we strongly recommend bringing comfortable clothing, a laptop, camera and video camera if students are accustomed to use them. It could be necessary to bring sleeping bag.

Addressed to: we encourage the participation of students of architecture, landscape architecture and design, environmental science and botany, as well as arts and video art students or students that have cv in artistic fields and in particular on video making.

3 ETCS international credits will be certificated at the end of the workshop.

The enrolment deadline is 7th of May 2012.

The cost of the workshop is €500 all included ( food + accommodation + internal transfers + 3 ETCS)

Food includes breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Accommodation will be in hostels or the camp site near Piscinas beach depending on students final destination sites.

How to apply: complete the online registration form then pay the 60% of total fee by bank address to the coordinates that you will find on the Alghero School of Architecture official website.

Payment method: A €300 advance is to be paid by bank transfer by 7th of May 2012. The remaining €200 euro should be paid directly on arrival.


Scientific Director

Prof. Stefan Tischer
Tel. +39 332 90045877

Info + Coordination

For more information please contact:
Annacaterina Piras
Tel. +39 347 8054065

Direction + Coordination Assistant

Paola Serrittu
Tel. +39 340 1400626