Ghost Sicily: Raju Village

Raju Village (Fondachelli Fantina, Sicily) was hit by a disastrous flood in 1972 during which 4 people died. The village has been left empty since then.

Music & Voice (Ita): Rossella Scalia


A prize to exception (?)

Call it delirium, call it words spoken in haste, criticise it, listen to it, throw it in the net of a virtual bin or even a real one; this piece of writing is a cry, a cry for architecture, an ode to her richness, a poem of disappointment and fear, a song for those who still have sensitive ears.

An award, the Stirling Prize, that destroys with hypocrisy the role of architecture turning it into a luxury and speculation pastime. A facade of glittering comments, publicity, glamour, in the face of those inherent values that make architecture as such.

The prize goes to the architecture of the spectacle, to empty opinions, elitist spaces and to what excludes in order to remain niche. If that’s what the Stirling Prize is meant to represent, it is really the prize to a society that has fully forgotten all human responsibility.

It seems to me that an award to those who practice an architecture that is ‘other’ does not exist because that is exactly what would make such hard work an exception.



Collage #3: ©Rossella Scalia

‘Difference not sameness, is the proper focus of study. It is not what this design situation has in common with all other design situations, or what this sequence of design operations shares with all others that is important, but what marks it out as special, individual, distinctive – as it is in our dealings with people’.

[ Is Designing Hermeneutical? , Adrian Snodgrass and Richard Coyne ]