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Remodeling ruins to preserve our rural heritage

The small Ticino’s hamlet of Luzzone, located some 2,150 meters high, was abandoned in the 1950s and today lies mostly in ruins. For a weekend, a workshop of 120 students in architecture teamed up to restore and remodel the ancient structures. The workshop was run jointly by three Swiss architecture schools: the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, EPFL’s architecture department and ETH Zurich’s Department of Architecture. This was the first time these three schools teamed up for a workshop. “We expected around 30 students to sign up – ten from each school. But we ended up with 120 people on the registration list. We never thought our workshop would be so popular!” says Nicola Braghieri, head of EPFL’s architecture department and co-director of the workshop.