Architecture, the labyrinth and a low impact on the environment

ARCHITECTURE

Our sustainability approach is also reflected in our architectural model. We engage with our community, involving young professional architects such as Fosbury Architecture, Studio Zarcola and Studio Petrucci to develop our distinctive facilities, mostly made out of wood. Two perfect examples are the main stage and the workshop area, which became immediately two icons of the festival. This approach allows us to minimize the impact of our building operations, as all the excess materials are reused to create secondary facilities such as tables, benches, bins, sinks and showers. Another distinctive aspect of our approach consists in the engagement of students and young professionals, who are invited every year to take part in formative workshops and assist the architects in the building processes.

THE LABYRINTH

One of the main goals of the organisation is to restore Villa Arconati historic garden. As a result, we proactively commit towards the safeguard of the territory in which we operate by implementing an extensive gardening project. Thanks to the engagement of a team of tree climbers, we trimmed over 60 centennial trees in order to secure about two hectares of the forest. From 2016, we also started a 3 years program in collaboration with Borotalco, aimed to restore from scratch an historical Labyrinth, which was presumed to be present in the 18th century. The project, developed by Fosbury Architecture follows a series of antiques drawings by Marc’ Antonio Dal Re. Other actions include land recovery, grey water collection system and extensive cleaning procedures.

IMPACTS

Terraforma aims to overcome the traditional events management approach, by developing an organizational model able to measure, report and eventually reduce its impacts on nature and its resources. In 2016 we’ve started a long term partnership with EticaSGR, with the purpose of developing such model into practice. As a result, the focus of the partnership will progressively be on the following areas of impact: waste, supplies, energy, water and transportations. The first year of collaboration focused on waste, in terms of litter generated during the event and during the set up and dismantling operations. A 360° integrated waste management system has been implemented in order not only to collect and differentiate effectively our waste but also to reduce it in the first place.
The 30 waste separation areas built in 2016, brought us to effectively raise awareness between our community and to efficiently recycle almost 50% of our produced waste. Other actions implemented include biodegradable dishes, portable ashtrays for campers and policies on plastic glasses propelling their recycling.