Vol. 20 No. 1 (2022): Walking and Staying in the Landscape

Sostare nel ricordo: esercizi di topofilia e progetto

Marco Cillis
Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Architettura, Università di Parma
Published July 1, 2022
  • Stopping,
  • remembering,
  • memorial,
  • landscape design,
  • memory places
How to Cite
Cillis, M. (2022). Sostare nel ricordo: esercizi di topofilia e progetto. Ri-Vista. Research for Landscape Architecture, 20(1), 24-43. https://doi.org/10.36253/rv-12615


The essay is about the aesthetic experience of staying and about the relationship we establish with the landscape when we stop walking. Right at that moment, our body generates a new relationship with the place, merging more and more into the place itself, according to a contemplative process that has its roots in Platonic thought. When we stop to remember, the landscape design is connected with many universal topics, about history, identity and sense of life as well. In the second part, the text explores the landscape architecture of some memorials set up in different decades of the last sixty years, celebrating very different events, but strongly evoking: which is the role of the nature, and what is about the visitor’s proxemics while he’s remembering, living an aesthetic experience?


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