The role of the Dolomite refuges from their origins to the present day has changed, just as mountaineering and the use of the mountains has changed. Accommodation facilities at high altitude are opening up to an increasingly wider public with different needs. Consequently the facilities and architectural solutions have also changed. This film is dedicated to those who live in the mountains and frequent them at all levels, recounting the evolution and role of refuges, the need for comfort, the search for luxury, the expectations in terms of facilities and perceptions of contemporary architecture. Thus listening and dialogue become a creative tool for the architect, acting as a stimulus and providing responses for contemporary sustainable and shared architecture.
Valentina De Marchi
She graduated in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, using video as a tool to promote cultural biodiversity, local knowledge and the rights of native people and to encourage dialogue, listening and understanding of “others”. She has worked with shepherds in Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. She is currently working on issues linked to the development of the mountains in the Belluno area.