Ostana, Valle Po, Italy
27/28 October 2018
Challenging complexity by systemic design towards sustainability
The four days main conference - at Politecnico Torino
1 day workshops, 3 days conference, 4 keynote speeches, 75 presentations,
...so much inspiration...
23-26 October 2018
From Models to Toolkits
RSD7 was a highly inspiring conference at the Lingotto Campus of Politecnico Torino, organized by the Systemic Design group of the Department Architecture and Design (DAD).
Co-hosted by the Systemic Design Association (SDA)
So what comes next?
Welcome in Ostana
The De-Conference should allow for (further) joint time to digest the main conference, to discuss, network, and provide time and space to settle the impressions from the days before.
Ostana seen from above in the direction to the river Po, from North to South
...and towards Monte Viso (3842m asl), marking the border to France, high above the spring of the Po river
The days before
Dario Toso of the MonViso Institute preparing on-site communication tools.
...as well as the whole team preparing the MVI campus in Ostana, Serre Lamboi, until late night.
The cloudy and wet weather guided our focus on the nearby details
and the fellows around us
Food for Thought
Local food and food for thoughts were jointly offered at the Centro Polifunzionale "Lou Pourtoun" in Sant' Antonio
Alex Ryan helps capture attention for the only upfront slides presentation input on the vision and transition process of the evolving MonViso Institute (MVI) and the community of Ostana.
Walk up to the MonViso Institute campus - in full transition with the building "Il Doppio"
WELCOME at HOME
Systemic Design Illustrations
Illustration of systemic design at five experiential stations on campus
Water systems, free-flowing and self-cleaning "Vortex", and the "memory" of water
Food systems, Permaculture & Agro-Ecology
Wool and hemp fiber systems: felt your own wool-bowl and break hemp the traditional way
Ostana, community systems and tourism
Architecture, construction and building materials, incl. hemp-paulownia composites in skis
The Fab Lab, one of the six MVI campus buildings "in spe"
Visit to Agriturismo "A nostro mizoun" ("our home" in Occitan language)
Roberto gave us insights into their economic system high up on the mountain: we observed the only 100% local cashmere wool supply chain in Italy, from goat to fashion all up here (and soon available for sale via crowdfunding)
Then - a delightful dinner and great talks
Homemade and locally grown, seasonal dishes prepared with love
Local organic wine tasting by "Le Mairie" vineyards, Barge
Home made liquors, especially Genepy, Genziano and Genzianella
(and the weather was much better today)
Exploring Ostana and learning about the many great initiatives up here
Ostana - an open book - un libro aperto
Europe - Italy, Norway, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany,....
Global - Chile, China, New Zealand, India, Canada,...
Another delicious lunch prepared in the Polifunctional building "Lou Pourtoun" in Sant' Antonio
Homegrown veggie appetizers
Potato soup from our own campus potatoes, grown on 1500m asl
Fresh and hot focaccia bread, prepared live by Flavio, Allie and Chiara
Roasted chestnuts from local trees
Soy cream desert
Local organic apple juice and wine
Hmmmm what a treat - thank you Melanie for making this happen!
The only "work" time of the weekend:
Please, systemic designers - where do you see Ostana and the MonViso Institute in the year 2030?
Final feedback from the design workshops
and the official GOOD BYE
A local gift to take home for everyone
Cup saucer from local Laburnum alpinum wood, engraved with the burnt-in MonViso logo, and a hemp string from our campus
A seed ball felt from local wool, with seeds of local edible herbs and flours
Thanks Fridi for your time of creating these thoughtful gifts
Thank you Grazie mille Danke sehr Merci bien Muchas gracias
Great having you had in Ostana
Save travels back home - see you at RSD8 in Chicago Oct 17-19th, 2019