Architecture, the labyrinth and a low impact on the environment
One of the main goals of the organisation is to restore Villa Arconati historic garden. From 2016, we started a 3 years program in collaboration with Borotalco, aiming 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.
The project has been completed in 2018 – the Labyrinth now features 500 specimens of Carpinus Betulus, mingling with the local flora.
Furthermore, we act proactively towards the safeguard of the territory by implementing an extensive gardening project through land recovery, grey water collection and extensive cleaning procedures. Thanks to the engagement of a team of tree climbers, we also trimmed over 60 centennial trees in order to secure about two hectares of the forest.
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 started a long term project with Etica Sgr, with the purpose of investigating step-by-step on our impacts in terms of waste, supplies, mobility, energy and water consumption.
The first year’s focus has been on waste. Thanks to a 360° integrated waste management system, we managed to reduce our litter and increase recyclability, which went from 44% in 2016 up to 50% in 2017. For 2018, the objective is to further improve the rate up to 55%.
In 2017, the scope of the project has been extended to include energy. Thanks to the collaboration with Liter Of Light, we built a low impact lightening system for our camping, using recycled materials and powered entirely by solar energy. For 2018 we will double the number of lamps.
2018 will see the introduction of specific policies concerning mobility, both internally and dedicated to the festival visitors. Sustainable ways of reaching the festival, such as car pooling and train routes, will be encouraged and electric cars and vans will be used by our staff during set up and dismantling operations.
To protect the surroundings and reduce even more our impact on the environment other actions have been implemented throughout the years: portable ashtrays and biodegradable soaps have been distributed to all campers and all dinnerware and cups used are 100% biodegradable.
Our sustainability approach is also reflected in our architectural model. We engage with our community, involving young professional architects such as Studio Petrucci, Fosbury Architecture and Studio Zarcola to develop our distinctive facilities, mostly made out of wood. Two examples are the triangular main stage and the workshop area, which have been the festival’s icons until 2017.
In occasion of the festival’s fifth edition, new structures have been projected by Studio Petrucci, our main design team. Our approach is 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 from the Politecnico di Milano and young professionals, who are invited every year to take part in formative workshops and assist the architects in the building processes.