AIAPP together with Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 organises Matera Days 9-12 May 2019


Mediterranea – paesaggi prossimi

(Mediterranea – proximate landscapes)

Giornate di Matera 9-12 May 2019

(Matera Days 9-12 May 2019)


Over the last years of work, AIAPP (Associazione Italiana di Architettura del Paesaggio) has brought attention to the centrality of the landscape project as a means to face challenges, crises and changes taking place, which can be met with the practice of our work as landscape designers and with practices that provide good coordination of design processes for landscapes. Useful practices for governance.

To do this, AIAPP has created partnerships with associations, universities and public administrations and has concentrated its efforts on four projects – at national and international level – of great visionary value:

1_GIAHS (with FAO) sustainable historical agricultural landscapes in co-evolution with the communities;

2_med_net (with IFLA) resilience and sustainability in the landscapes of the Mediterranean basin; 3_Citta & Bambini (with UNICEF Italia) to highlight the needs of the most fragile citizens;

4_soft mobility (with AMODO) from hiking paths to cycle paths to slow tourism.

AIAPP, in conjunction with Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, organizes a 4-day cultural and professional experience, the Giornate di Matera (Matera Days).

The event is subdivided into a series of opportunities for sharing and for comparison:

  • the Itinerant Cenacle, a slow journey of knowledge and discoveries with the Appulo Lucanian Railways, from Bari to Matera, with a stop in the village of Altamura, (Borgo Autentico d’Italia), on the afternoon of May 9th;
  • Mediterranea – proximate landscapes, a conference on the 4 themes described above, on May 10th from 9am to 6pm;
  • the National Assembly and Extraordinary Assembly of AIAPP, on May 11th;
  • guided tours on May 12th and the previous 2 days;
  • exhibitions

The detailed program will be published on the website ( in early March.

The conference will have a different cut compared to the previous ones: it will be composed, for each of the 4 themes of:

  • a lectio magistralis
  • a critical summary and a general overview dealing with the 4 themes through completed projects; “academic tutors” will select and comment on Italian and/or international exemplary projects including the material arrived wih the present Call.

Among the exhibitions: the projection in loop of all the materials that will arrive with the present Call for Projects, during the days of May 10th and 11th in Matera.

This Call for Projects intends to collect projects that are the expression of the four key themes, described as follows:


Rural landscapes express very well the current situation of uncertainty, of social and economic transformations. The session will present – through a narration of virtuous or problematic examples –  a selection of landscape projects dealing with Mediterranean agriculture, with its extraordinary capability of being mutable and yet identitarian even when threatened by climate change and abandonment.


Water is a resource that makes a place livable or not. Since the dawn of civilization the wisdom of the populations has been able to respect and treat this precious good with intelligence.

Inventions and technologies for its management have changed over time to adapt to changes

  • of society. What are the resources currently available to safeguard this resource in times of climate challenges?

3)       LUDIC LANDSCAPES – Changing the point of view

Fluid urban spaces, catalysts of multiethnic and intergenerational energies, for playing, for exploring, for moving freely and safely, for encouraging children’s cognitive and psychomotor development; environmental islands of microclimatic control and air and water quality assessment; places designed to meet the expectations and needs of the youngest who are also the most vulnerable: friendly cities for children and adolescents and, via them, for their families.


The road is a symbolic place that not only speaks of geographical connections but tells of peoples, stories and relationships.

A hinge between landscapes that builds bridges between people, connects economies and leads us to new forms of development.

In the year that MIBAC (Ministero delle Belle Arti e della Cultura) dedicates to slow tourism, we want to inquire new points of view on the relationship between the primordial instinct of exploration, the landscape and the contemporary vision of soft mobility.


The Call for Projects is open to AIAPP Members, to the Members of the National Associations of IFLA Europe and to designers who are members of the AIAPP Partner Associations.


We are looking for realized projects and plans, or those that are in course of realization, in Italy or abroad, particularly in the Mediterranean area, which deal with one of the four themes described above.

Please note that:

  • All the contributions that will arrive, if they comply with the requirements indicated below, will be assembled in a power point and projected in loop during the days of May 10th and 11th in Matera. AIAPP reserves the right to use the material for subsequent events.
  • Academic tutors (see list below) will select any projects to be presented during the conference at their sole discretion. The selection of a project will be communicated to the authors by the end of April.
  • Participation in the Call for Projects involves the release of their use.


Contributions must be sent by email to by April 5th, 2019.


• A descriptive text of the work of max. 2000 characters including spaces (not words!), body 12.

• On the same page of the descriptive text (apart from the 2000 characters): author/s; title of the work; place and year of realization; surface; customer; indication to which of the 4 themes the contribution refers to

• Max. 3 images, 300dpi, jpeg, 42 cm base; attention: numbered image files that bear the title of the project

• Image captions

For further information please contact:

Thanks from the scientific committee Matera 2019:

Francesca Neonato

Fabio Pasqualini

Luigino Pirola

M. Cristina Tullio

Uta Zorzi Mühlmann


Academic tutors (by themes):

1_Giuseppe Barbera e Tessa Matteini

2_Gianni Celestini

3_Anna Lambertini e Manfredi Leone

4_Giulio Senes