Pescomaggiore, L’Aquila, Italy, 2009

Called EVA, the Italian acronym of Self-build Ecovillage, the project is located a short distance from Pescomaggiore, a village destroyed by the earthquake that hit the mountain region of L’Aquila in central Italy on 6 April 2009.

The project was entrusted to BAG by a group of inhabitants of the destroyed village, whose common goal was to preserve Pescomaggiore and not abandon it. The project proposes a model made of participation, sustainability, strong link with the territory and rapid response for the construction of permanent housing in emergency conditions. The project started in June 2009, two months after the earthquake. The new village consists of 5 self-built ecological houses, made with natural materials such as wood, straw, earth and lime. The construction involved inhabitants of the earthquake victims and more than 180 volunteers for a duration of about 8 months. The involvement of the local community was a central feature of this project. In fact, the community has been involved both in the project phase and in the construction phase with activities such as focus groups, participatory design process and self-construction with natural materials. The added value of the project is to have extended the involvement of the residents to the building site, thanks to the self-constructive approach. The straw baling technique allowed everyone to participate actively in the construction phase, since the bales are light and easy to position.

Team: Paolo Robazza, Fabrizio Savini, Caleb Murray Burdeau
Client: Comitato per la Rinascita di Pescomaggiore
Type of project: emergency housing
Cost: 180.000 euros
Dimensions: 320 sq.m.
Photo credits: Paolo Robazza
State: completed
Volunteers: Viola Fiappo, Antonio Mantelli, Ares Bizzotto, Stefano Toniolo, Alessandro Pizzingrilli, Sergio Cavadini, Vasco Horta, Maria D’Auria, Laura Bernardini, Denis Chiste’, Adriano Onorati, Andrea Canestrari, Sabina Losapio, Giampiero Sbarbati, Carmen Russo, Anna Maria Grazia Franciosi, Antonio Cacio, Arianna Sperandio, Carlo Abate, David Scardino, Emanuele Battagin, Eros Volpato, Fabrizio Pambianchi, Filippo Tronca, Gabriele Campagnola, Giacomo Girardi, Giorgio Ferretti, Giorgio Mariotti, Irene Cerpi, Isabella Tomassi, July Salima Cure, Laura Di Virgilio, Luca Boschetto, Ludovic Denton, Marco Moretti, Massimiliano Apostoli, Miczarek Krzysztof, Nicola De Palo, Nino Carpenito, Oceane Baldonin, Paola Francesca Iozzi, Paolo Giannoni, Piero Lopez, Piero Maruccia, Rita Ferrari, Sylwia Modzelewska, Stefano Croce, Alessandra Credazzi, Marco Capolupo, Eugenio Donadoni, Francesca Simona Monte, Sauro Guarnieri, Melania Bigi, Valentina Bonetti.