THE VALLEY OF IPPARI: from the ancient kamarina to the airport. Landscape stratigraphy & territorial identity.
"KORE" university of Enna
In order to understand how a territory once was everything is important, its structure of settlements, fields, woods and variety of use. The landscape should be read in this sense as a blackboard full of history, a palimpsest that collects stories of generations and generations from the farthest centuries. These considerations were the starting point for this thesis project concerning the enhancement of the landscape of the Valley of Ippari. The river goes from the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Kamarina up to the modern “Pio la Torre” airport of Comiso, crossing the typical rural landscapes of the Iblea area and the urban centers of Comiso and Vittoria. The area, today degraded and deprived of its character, has required an action of territorial planning respectful of the many historical-landscape layers that become the cornerstones of the project itself. From the ancient to the modern, from Kamarina to the airport through the slow and eco-sustainable mobility routes that metaphorically follow the mythological love between the nymph Kamarina and the god Hipparis, through architectural, rural and natural sightings unique in its kind, identifying all the components that define a real widespread Ecomuseum. The objective is to enhance and defend the territory, identities and local cultural heritage, through awareness and constructive collaboration with the resident community.