the miner’s house
architecture of migrations

site: liège (belgium)
institution: reciprocity design.liège
client: wallonie design, province de liège



for this strand of fragilitas, giovanna massoni and jean-philippe possoz have invited paolo cascone to make a unique contribution. as part of the precarious architecture & design exhibition, the wellknown architect has produced an installation realised by a collaborative approach that involves the local community via a series of workshops.
these workshops – organised by uliège architecture and the cec of the province of liège – were held from march to august 2018, with the participation of architecture & design students, and local artisans. the project is part of a research that the italian architect has been conducting for 10 years, in which he has examined the relationship between natural materials, local resources, and new digital manufacturing processes. during the workshops, several earth mixtures have been experimented to manufacture structural components. these have then been assembled and form an installation that is featured in the exhibition.this research intends to propose a different way of approaching the topic of migratory flows that the history of mining has generated across europe. at the same time, it aims to contribute to the debate on the consequences of the deindustrialisation process in these regions.


picture by Nicolas Bomal                                       picture by Nicolas Bomal                                                                       



the miner’s house is an architectural device, an open system designed to be at the same time an archive and a production space. for this purpose, this structure has been developed to be integrated and used after the 
exhibition at la boverie.


                                                                                                                            picture by vittoria boccarsi

a project by:

paolo cascone / CODESIGNLAB


paolo cascone & marilena laddaga 


technical collaborators:
elena ciancio with imma polito & federico forestiero


in collaboration with:
jérôme amedick, florian dejardin, martin hudry, guillaume lacrosse-gorlia,laurine lamarche, sylvain lockman
(workshop uliège)

yoann bordes-pages, florian dejardin, chantal gille-pissart, dominique gringoire, emilie jaguin, justin lalieux, sonia pignolet, serge rusak, linda topic, monique voz, sélim el yafi, philippe pirard
(workshop cec)


a special thanks to:
prof. luciano nunziante, lino polegato – flux, vittoria boccarsi



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