BURNING FIELDS (Campi Flegrei, Italy)
HADES by Jelle van Kampen
The Campi Flegrei (Burning fields) are part of the caldera (super volcano) just north of Naples, that is responsible for the creation of the Bay of Naples. The name Campi Flegrei has its origin in ancient Greece. At that time it was thought that the battle between the Titans and the Olympic gods had taken place here, probably inspired by the many volcanic activity in this region. The first Greek settlements, including Cumae (Cuma now) were founded in the 8th century BC.
The Roman poet Virgil (70-10 v. Chr.) worked ten years on The Aeneid, the book that should be the Roman counterpart of Homer’s Odyssey and Ilias simultaneously. The Aeneid describes the (fictional) origins of Rome and the Roman civilization. The main character is Aeneas, who had to establish Rome after the destruction of Troy by the Greeks, known from the wooden horse.
Part of the poem Aenaïs, book 6, takes place around the Campi Flegrei. In Book 6 the Trojans finally reach the coast of Italy. Aided by the Sibyl of Cuma, Aeneas descends here to the underworld, where he consults the ghost of his father Anchises about the future that awaits him. Virgil spent the last years of his life in Naples, writing The Aeneid. He roamed this region alongside the rich and famous, describing locations that can still be visited today. The lakes, grottoes and temples can still be explored. And yet, since most short-term visitors opt to see Pompeii before dashing off to the next Italian city, these sights tend to remain quiet, even desolate.
In this project Burning Fields you will use the wanderings of Aeneas as inspiration for a contemporary urban design for the Campi Flagrei.
Saxion University of Applied Sciences, department of urban design
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, department of regional planning
Dr. Massimo Lanzi, architect, Naples
Ir. Sjoerd Soeters, architect, Amsterdam
Design sketch of footpath to underworld by Jelle van Kampen
Final presentation of your individual urban design:
At the end of the course you present a urban design on different scale levels for a (thematic) route that visitors can follow to explore the Campi Flagrei. The route has to draw visitors to the area, to make the potential of the area insightful and to give an extra dimension to the area. Visitors can spend one or more days in the area.
Parts of the design are:
The starting point - the route itself - the endpoint
To be included in the route:
The cave of the Sibyl at Cuma - The lake Lago d’Averno - The crater of the Solfatara
Concept schedule winter term (October – January) Christmas break 3 weeks
October November December January
week 1 introduction research design
week 2 analysis design design design
week 3 design week 1 design presentation
week 4 concept design week 2 assessment
The first design week is on the project site. You stay and work at the campsite in the crater of Solvatara. We start with lectures about the land of myth and history and we do excursions to Cuma, the Lago d’Averna and Sofatara. After that (day 2 till 4) you develop a concept of your design. Of course a excursion to Santa Maria Purgatorio ad Arco and the Cimitero delle Fontanelle in Naples are obligatory. In the second design week you will learn more about narrative design approaches. The film “Noorderlingen” by Alex van Warmedam is used as inspiration to implement narrative design tools in Dutch VINEX housing areas, as for example Brandevoort, Haverleij, Leidsche Rijn and Ijburg.
Design week 1: Presenting analyses in one of the craters of the caldera (super vulcano)
In this Urban Nomads program you will develop 6 professional competencies: Concept, Urban Design, Analysis, Urban Research, Urban Strategy, Being aware of surroundings.
During 1 semester you will work continuously and integrally on these competencies. You work individual and you will get weekly feedback in classes on your products. This project includes 2 design weeks and a final presentation.
Feedback on products:
Once a week you get individual feedback on the design products in the studio of Urban Nomads (location, day and time have to be announced)
At the end of the course you will present your project to professionals.
After the final presentation your portfolio will be accessed by certificated assessors on the 6 competencies. You will receive a certificate
2014 winter term
40 hours per week