Camposaz is a wood self-construction workshop in 1:1 scale. It started in 2013 as an initiative stemming from the collaboration between the cultural associations Aguaz and Campomarzio, with the ambition to promote interaction between disciplines and practitioners dealing with architectural design.
The workshop is open to architects, designers, carpenters between 18 and 35 years of age. During the workshop, living in close contact, they have to design and physically construct small wood installations, based on specific themes, aiming at enhancing the landscape.
The team is usually formed by 12 participants led by a tutor and by local carpenters who can assist the construction process.
The built project is site specific and it can change according to the conditions in which it is going to be realized. An important aspect of the workshop is the human scale, conceived as the specific scale in which the 1:1 model is implemented within the construction site. Our own body and our manual work should be considered expressive and measuring tools. During the workshop design and constructions are tight processes and proceed in parallel.
The aim of the initiative is to condense in a unique experience immaterial and material aspects of the constructions process, enhancing the entire creative process. Knowledge sharing and adaptability are necessary conditions for a successful result. Camposaz is an open platform without hierarchies and fixed roles: it is an open source initiative in which everyone can bring his own contribution in the development of a process that has no pre-established direction.
In this sense, Camposaz promotes different point of views and new design approaches in problematic urban locations, with the intention to develop a sort of “instinctive architecture” with no prejudices and with a lot of collaborative improvisation.