Structuring connections for landscape care. The case of Casilino Ecomuseum in Rome


  • Raffaella Riva Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Claudio Gnessi Casilino Ad Duas Lauros Ecomuseum Association (Italy)



environmental design, participatory design, sustainable development, empowerment, landscape


The ongoing environmental and social crises, amplified by the pandemic, highlight the urgent need for of new development models, based on sustainability, participation and subsidiarity. In this context, cultural institutions play a fundamental role, facilitating the construction of social capital. The case of ecomuseums is emblematic, because they offer methods, tools and practices for the recognition of local identities, co-design, care and management of the landscape and its economic value as well. The contribution supplies the framework of these ecomuseum tools, with a focus on the Casilino Ad Duas Lauros Ecomuseum in Rome, at the forefront in the realisation of physical connections to make its District a green infrastructure, virtual connections to create narrations and links of meaning and digital connections to promote social inclusion and participation.


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Author Biographies

Raffaella Riva, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology at the Department of Architecture, Construction Engineering and Built Environment. She carries out research activities in the field of environmental technological design, on governance, urban regeneration, enhancement of landscape and Cultural Heritage topics.

Claudio Gnessi, Casilino Ad Duas Lauros Ecomuseum Association (Italy)

Interaction Designer and Art Director, he is the President of the Casilino Ad Duas Lauros Ecomuseum Association (Italy), Managing Director of the homonymous ecomuseum. He is the Curator of public art projects, Coordinator of research activities, author and co-author of several publications and curator of the upcoming-publication series Casilino Ecomuseum Journal.


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Participatory map for the urban planning of the territory (credit: Ecomuseum Casilino, 2020). AGATHÓN 10 | 2021




How to Cite

Riva, R. and Gnessi, C. (2021) “Structuring connections for landscape care. The case of Casilino Ecomuseum in Rome”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 10(online), pp. 132–139. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/10112021.



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