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South Tyrol and Baukultur

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Writer and journalist Guido Piovene started his famous journey around Italy that prompted the book Viaggio in Italia in the extreme north of the peninsula in Alto Adige, or South Tyrol, where he was from. This starting point was self-evident for Piovene, who like many from these parts, take particular pride in their origins, probably because they have to deal with the presence of too many cultures: Italian, Austrian, Swiss and German. Piovene described Alto Adige’s focus on its local culture and the determination to preserve its heritage as “sentimental”, specifying what he meant by that slippery term: “A sentimental person pours his emotions into objects that are predestined by habit and custom to embody them”. Indeed, this emotionally charged definition is where we must start to try and understand the power of architecture in South Tyrol. A sentimental...

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