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Nearly three-quarters of Europe’s population now lives in cities and this figure is growing. This means not only the constant growth of cities and suburbs, but the disappearance of familiar cultural and natural landscapes. Migration and its consequences forms the theme of the Million Donkey Hotel, a project by feld72, a collective of Italian, French and Austrian architects based in Vienna.

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Prata Sannita is a village divided into two, consisting of a mediaeval bongo, known as the Prata Inferiore, which cascades down a hill from a castle, and a newer part, the Prata Superiore, which owes its structure above all to the victory of the motor car and other promises of modernism. In the course of the last century Prata Inferiore was dramatically affected by migration caused by poverty and is now only a small part of the village, inhabited by a minority made up largely of elderly people, and with a very large number of empty buildings, some of which are already in ruins. How could these two clearly separated areas of the village be linked again? How and for whom could be the qualities of the almost sculptural spatial landscape be experienced once again? How can spaces that stand for loss become a self-confident part of a new Prata Sannita?

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Project details
Project name: Million Donkey Hotel
Description: REuse abandoned buildings to re-connect a divided village.
Category: recreation & sport
Design: feld72
Building status: in use
Construction period: 2009
Location: Prata Sannita, Italy
Coordinates: 41°25'38.4'' N, 14°11'59.7'' E
Tags: reuse building, repurpose, community practice, participation
Project ID: 146
Published: 1 November 2011
Last updated: 5 December 2011
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