The MVI serves as a field experiment for whole systems design of buildings and their integration into their natural and socio-cultural surroundings, as a non-profit center for research, education and entrepreneurship in sustainability innovations, as a data collection hub being part of an international mountain observatory network, and as a meeting hub for living a new "Alpine Urbanism".
Through the international origin and embedding of the MVI, we are creating educational benefits and economic opportunities in the local community, the Valle di Po and the Piedmont region. We offer courses for international university students and groups, while providing exposure and international collaboration opportunities for regional enterprises.
The abandoned Serre de Lamboi compound in Ostana is being re-designed for flexible use for people who are more productive and creative when they have access to outdoor adventures and wild nature with long open views in the surrounding, to clear your head, activate 'kinetic thinking', or get creative inspiration while engaging in various types of mental work. .