Engineering and Culture on the tracks of a “removed” memory
In urban settings among the sudden unexpected monuments and discursive architectural microstructures such as courtyards, fountains, streets, gardens scented with jasmine and lemon, in a rare and unusual network of lines drawn by man in the same way on the ground, wind, sun, water and vegetation.
In South Italy and particularly in Sicily processes of the new development have often irreversibly compromised the original relationship between the neighborhood and the surrounding landscape through the systematic construction of new homes where, in general depopulation, there wasn’t a planning for the need of new buildings. In the historical centres the restructuring, in the absence of an adequate planning, have been too many times in contrast to the original heritage, the interiors have been deprived of traces of past history and stripped of all poor original furniture. This work, removal of the collective identity of the native places, related to socio-cultural imagination about the destiny of the suffering and the poor, and addressed to a judgment without appeal.
Even the scholarly culture has not considered worthy of protecting these assets away from the pomp and glory of the classical nature.
Paradoxically only where poverty and natural disasters have led to the abandonment of the inhabitants of these places, they are exceptionally preserved those features of historical architectural integrity and landscape protection ; today it could be the possibility to revive the economy and the image of the ancient, historic and beautiful towns in Val di Noto identification Unesco , as Modica. The restoration of our Forefathers’ houses in the old neighborhood of Consolo in Modica can be taken as a model .
The singular beauty of these urban settings is gathered gradually, walking through settled neighborhoods, as real ecological niches, including the sudden monumental brainwave and discursive architectural microstructures of the courtyards, fountains, streets, gardens scented with jasmine and lemon , in a rare and unusual interlacing of lines drawn by man in the same way on the ground, wind, sun, water and vegetation
As a result of these considerations, IngegniCultura design workshop and engineering services and cultural assets, operating in Modica and project partner SI-Moutique, through the restoration of Our Forefathers’ Houses in the old town ,wants to define as heritage which it follows a specific planning and a development for the places that did not have significant place in the recent past. A model for this particular heritage, special projects and disciplinary actions to be agreed with the local authorities; a model that would give respect and dignity to the original identity of these territories, and it would also be a concrete possibility of development for all the hyblean territory and its inhabitants.