The meaning of dwelling
A home is not simply a place to spend your daily life, in a context detached from the surrounding environment. Living or dwelling means weaving a healthy relationship with space, staying in a place that has become the primary source of our psycho-physical well-being, and where to practice the habits that characterize our personal lifestyle—a lifestyle for living well.
Only if the buildings respond to the qualities of proper dwelling knowledge is it possible to achieve the most authentic meaning of belonging to the environments in which one lives.
In Sardinia this philosophy of living is deeply rooted, the still untouched natural landscapes give concrete proof of it, whose enchanted beauty is an integral part of ordinary life, thanks to the construction of houses that adapt to the territory on which they arise rather than transform it.
In Sardinia, living means feeling that the spaces around us are close to us, relatives, free us from any feeling of bewilderment because we recognize them as an expression of an identity that has been free to realize itself harmoniously with the context that constitutes the scenario of everyday life.
The link with the places of the community
The Sardinian housing model is the happy outcome of a proud response to the proliferation of “non-places” in the various urban areas of the world. The term coined by the famous anthropologist Marc Augé designates all those places of a transitory character with an anonymous and homologated appearance, which have no cultural relationship with the territory in which they are located and by their nature inhibit the possibilities of socialization of the people who frequent them. They can be shopping centers, tourist villages, etc.; they are the typical expression of a globalized contemporaneity in which the authenticity of local cultures and the expression of interpersonal sharing and connections within the community are constantly threatened.
Living where sunsets can be admired every evening, where the sea offers the most beautiful shades of blue and turquoise, and where you can smell the scents of a flourishing Mediterranean scrub, reminds you of the sense of an ethic of living that is exceptionally splendid and effective in preserving this sensitivity linked to respect for the natural specificities of the environment, thus taking care of the stability of its inhabitants with their land, in harmony with a mentality capable of demonstrating a model of sustainability in the exploitation of resources and spaces. The architectures of the city centers and towns of Sardinia are the mirror of an idea of community that radically dissociates itself from social isolation, creating places that are genuinely on a human scale. The diversity of traditions and their particularities is preserved in a way, through a policy of enhancement of local specificities that are however able to integrate with the innovation needs of contemporaneity.
The authenticity of a cultural belonging
What distinguishes the island is the ability to keep the identity of its own culture recognizable, of which the streets and places of community life are the most expressive manifestation. Think for example of the renowned murals that decorate the streets of various centers of Sardinia and they represent scenes of agro-pastoral life and typical costumes, as well as being the spokesperson for movements of social denunciation and political participation, or the splendid paintings by the artist Giuseppe Biasi, illustrator of the novels by Grazia Deledda and a major representative of the Sardinian Art of the twentieth century, which can be found exhibited on the walls of the Tempio Pausania railway station.
Equally authentic and attended by the local population are the traditional festivals such as the Sartiglia of Oristano or the Sardinian Cavalcade of Sassari, real opportunities for aggregation and renewal of a feeling of belonging to the community and its culture. No less important is the attention paid to the genuineness of local food products which gives particular importance to the short-chain model and to the use of processing methods that are as natural as possible.
Sharing of an idea of living well
It is no coincidence that one of the qualities most attributed to the Sardinian people is that of hospitality. Only those who live their land in the purest and truest sense know how to open up to the other, those who create houses corresponding to a harmonious paradigm of life in the area can make those places truly habitable even for those who come from outside.
In the mid-1970s, one of the most important Italian songwriters bought an estate immersed in a forest of evergreen oaks on the slopes of Limbara, in the heart of Gallura, and then chose it as his permanent home.
It was Fabrizio De Andrè, who since then has remained forever linked to Sardinia and fond of the friendship of its inhabitants, so much so that he goes so far as to affirm: “Life in Sardinia is perhaps the best a man can wish for“.
The philosophy of living on this island is therefore an obvious aspect that appears clearly even to those who, although not originally from it, choose it as a place where they can benefit from a lifestyle based on well-being. This meaning transpires in the language itself, in Sardinian “the house” is called “sa domo“, from the Latin “domus“, a word that indicates not only the physical home but “the place where one feels at home”.