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A LANDSCAPE OF CONTRADICTION. Connecting nature and industry with a refuge in the Apuan Alps.

Robert Kane  (supervisor prof. G. Ridolfi)

Master Thesis @ University of Florence. 2017

Thesis with recognized dignity of publication now on DIDApress LINK

The landscape of the Apuan Alps tends to disorient first-time visitors, its graceful mountain peaks sharing space with open-pit marble quarries, from which white blocks flow in a steady stream to the cutting and shipping facilities on the coast. Only a schizophrenic culture could permit both of these opposing conditions to exist simultaneously, with hundreds of quarries op¬erating within meters of environments that are protected from any form of human use.