RoSunLand: A Sustainable Self-Construction Village for Emigrant African Workers in Italy


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The paper regards a research, aimed to purpose an architectonic project to realize a self-construction village in a farming town, Rosarno, located in Calabria, that is the southernmost Italian region. The project is purposed in alternative to a temporary camp, realized by the army, after a the revolt of many African emigrants, who live in this area and work in the oranges plantations with scarce protection of their rights and forced to live inside old abandoned industrial buildings. The protest, determined by inhuman life and working conditions of these young Africans, however, did not find an appropriate solution by governative institutions, which have built a refugee camp in order to receive, but also to control them, relegating them away from the city. Our project proposal, RoSunLand, wants to be an alternative solution, capable to be expression of a culture, which accepts diversity as a humanizing wealth and to remind that work is one of most relevant social means to achieve dignity.



Edited by:

Carmelina Bevilacqua, Francesco Calabrò and Lucia Della Spina




A. Bianco et al., "RoSunLand: A Sustainable Self-Construction Village for Emigrant African Workers in Italy", Advanced Engineering Forum, Vol. 11, pp. 79-86, 2014

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June 2014


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