Solar Energy for a Land Regeneration Project

Solar Energy for a Land Regeneration Project
Thomas Pepino
Renewable sources to safeguard and enhance the architectural and landscape heritage for future generations

Thomas Pepino
Turin, Italy
Team members
Thomas Pepino
Field of work
Architecture, Urban planning, Landscape architecture, Engineering, Research
Project category
Project submitted

Thomas Pepino Graduated from Turin Polytechnic with a degree in architecture, holds a Level II Interateneo Master's degree in architectural and urban design from the University of Padua and Catania. Winner of the international award "Art of Construction: the importance of structural details" of the Renzo Piano Foundation, PhD in Architectural and Landscape Heritage at the Polytechnic University of Turin, with a thesis investigating the relationship between the image of the earth and the rise of the city. A member of the Focus Group of Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Turin, he focuses his scientific interests in the field of urban analysis sciences, studying the relationship between architecture and geography, memory and cultural identity, material and immaterial heritage. He considers architectural and landscape cultural heritage, the propositional factor for the project from which it is possible to build themes for urban, territorial and energy regeneration, setting sustainable scenarios for the next generations. In addition to his academic and research activities, he has participated in national and international workshops, written articles that show the importance of identifying urban and territorial features as fondamentlai elements for the development of regeneration strategies in fragile and resilient territories, posing an interdisciplinary vision and the will to contribute to the cultural, sustainable and social development of territories. His research focuses on the science of urban analysis, exploring crucial issues such as recognition of architectural and cultural heritage, identity and memory of the territory. He sees the territory as the place from which to start thinking about tangible and intangible heritage and associated social impacts. Founder in 2010 of the GreenBox cultural center, he has organized cultural activities, exhibitions, workshops, art and music events.

The project is committed with determination to address the environmental crisis and its ethical and social implications. The primary objective is the regeneration of places of historical and cultural memory in fragile and resilient territories, adopting sustainable strategies and adaptive energy systems. Based on the doctoral research conducted in the Ponente Ligure region, the project aims to examine the state of the art of abandoned greenhouses and conceive a revitalization strategy that rescues them from obsolescence. It promotes a wide range of sustainable interventions to tackle environmental challenges and ensure a better future for the next generations.

At the heart of these territorial regeneration interventions (urban and rural) lies environmental sustainability and the opportunity to build chains of social and economic value, crucial to address complex social challenges and promote positive, cultural, and lasting change in society. The goal is to transform these places into hubs of renewable energy production. The project aspires to create a replicable and adaptable model of energy/territorial regeneration for a more sustainable and resilient society.

We look optimistically towards a future where cultural heritage and the environment harmoniously integrate, building a legacy for generations to come. The project transforms the gaps between cultural heritage and renewable sources into synergy, developing tools capable of regenerating fragile territories and resilient heritage. Innovative approaches and interdisciplinary methods ensure progress and sustainability, which, in addition to restoring identity and memory, create a balance between heritage and nature, ensuring a sustainable future for the new generations.