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/ FESTIVAL dell’ARCHITETTURA MAGAZINE
Marcello Tavone contributed to the FAMagazine issues on the concept of ‘EPIPHENOMENA’, edited by Andreas Kofler.
The research focuses on a specific topographical phenomenon called terril. In French the word “terril" denominates artificial hills composed of mining residues that amass after extractions activities. The terrils literally constitute a collateral landscape, being the not entirely expected result of an extinct industrial age of which they simultaneously are a remnant and a monument. In recent decades, several public and private initiatives have shown how the terrils may find again a role in the landscape, particularly by charging them with new meanings. Episodes that narrate of a gradual re-appropriation of these places, first by the local population and ultimately also by mainstream culture. A slow process that has seen these "hills" transform themselves from a scar of a past we tried to forget, to UNESCO protected landscapes.