In Italy, when you are in school, the word landscape means only something that has been painted by Italian or foreign painters or described by poets and novelists. Never is it the place we live in, the place we see out of our windows, the place we see defaced and insulted every day. Could it be that this lack of any attempt to teach us the history of landscape and how to look after it is one of the reasons why it is degenerating so quickly?  (Salvatore Settis)


Adriatic Coast to Coast is a multi-year research project that was developed in the Architecture Department. It names the Municipality of Savignano sul Rubicone[1] as the leader of a group of municipalities, public and government bodies, and associations that share a common interest in studying and observing the land along the coast. Its aim is to examine the Adriatic coast in terms of two conflicting realities, that on the east coast, and that on the west, two linear systems whose individualities demonstrate the plurality of a coastal identity that over the course of the centuries has been renegotiated more than once.

The approach adopted by the government bodies taking part in the project has been to identify parts of the area that are subject to long-term planning or improvement projects or new activities, and examine sections of landscape that are anthropized, urban, peri-urban, rural and natural.
Phase One, which concentrates on the Puglia[2], Marche[3], Emilia-Romagna[4], and Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions[5], will be followed by an investigation of the east coast from Slovenia down through Croatia and Bosnia to Albania.
In this way, in successive phases, the Adriatic coast will be drawn out in its entirety, bringing together the different sections of coastline, each of which represents a different identity paradigm, in a rich contrast of geographic regions only distantly related to each other.

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[1]As it happens, the Adriatic Coast to Coast project was officially and publicly announced at Savignano on 7 October 2012, at the closing ceremony of SIFEST, the Savignano Immagini Festival.

[2]The first Adriatic Coast to Coast event held in Puglia was organized by the Associazione Culturale LAB – Architecture and Landscape Photography Laboratory in collaboration with the Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali and sponsored by the Municipality of Polignano a Mare; the Maria Rossi onlus Foundation provided partnership. Following a workshop with US photographer Andrew Phelps, which was held in September 20212 Polignano a Mare an exhibition entitled “Southern Photographs 01” was held in Polignano a Mare from 18 May to 9 June 2013. The catalogue has been published. A second Associazione Culturale LAB workshop was held at Cisternino in June 2013, this time with the British photographer Zed Nelson.

[3]Under the coordination of Professor Paola Binante, the Higher Artistic Industrial Institute at Urbino is concentrating on Adriatic Coast to Coast, orienting students in courses taught by Professors Guido Guidi, Silvia Loddo, Paola Binante, and Luca Capuano.

[4] Three courses offered in academic year 2012-2013 at the Cesena School of Engineering and Architecture (Alma Mater Studiorum Bologna) with Professor Massimo Sordi took part in the Adriatic project, viz: AFPG1 and AFPG2 (Photo Lab) and Photography: History and Techniques. Also the students who took Professor Guido Guidi’s photography course at Ravenna Fine Arts Academy in the 2012-2013 academic year, together with Cesare Fabbri’s photo lab, took part in the “Adriatic Coast to Coast” project.

[5]A course offered by Professor Guido Guidi at the Venice University Architectural Institute (IUAV) contained a series of research projects on this theme, stretching up the coast from the Veneto to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.