The Monviso Institute
A projected Alpine hub for research, education and entrepreneurship in sustainability transformations and social-ecological design
The MonViso Institute (MVI) is an experimental real-world laboratory for sustainable design and living:
A field experiment for whole systems design of buildings
and their integration into their natural and socio-cultural surroundings
A non-profit center for research, education and entrepreneurship
A meeting hub for living a new "Alpine Urbanism"
The small compound will be 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.
The transformation of an abandoned compound
The planned MonViso Institute will offer both: A playful hub for research, education and entrepreneurship in sustainability transformations and social-ecological design - and The Sustain retreat, a vacation place in an inspirational setting of an Alpine sustainability hub. The abandoned original houses and land will be carefully transformed into an experiential demonstration project for sustainable development in an alpine environment, together with and for the community of Ostana.
ABANDONED HOUSES TRADITIONALLY USED AS STABLES AND FARMING HUTS IN SUMMER
GROWN OVER BY TREES AFTER 40 YEARS WITHOUT USE
REVIVING THIS COMPOUND IN A NEW DIRECTION
A DEMONSTRATION HUB FOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND LIVING IN THE MOUTAINS