"Historical Continuation,The Canova Association: Physically Revitalizing Heritage" Ken Marquardt
In 2001, Ken Marquardt founded Canova, the association for the enhancement of stone vernacular architecture. It takes its name from the village of Canova and today, 15 years later, it has become a case study that is appreciated internationally. “It was and still is a very stimulating challenge,” confirms Marquardt. Together with his team, he has saved from destruction many historic buildings that had largely collapsed and were no longer habitable. The success of his personal experience convinced him to create, like a mountaineer Fitzcarraldo, a kind of WWF of stone architecture that has subscribers all over the world. Canova’s recovery projects involve local institutions, technical schools and the most important faculties of architecture worldwide.