House of sustainability


Università della Svizzera italiana seeks to provide future generations with an education and training that will help them to respect the great balances of nature and life. The Gotthard region is well suited for this mission. It is a privileged observatory for some of the major challenges that lie ahead, such as climate change, sustainable energy production, or the pursuit of new solutions for the future of transport.

Given this context, we would need a place to base our activities. We have found a suitable location in the former Swiss Post office in Airolo. For half a century, the building has served the population as place to meet and to come by. We would like to restore this function, by opening an antenna of USI as an example of building transformation that takes into account all three aspects of sustainability (environmental, social and economic), while not neglecting the historical/architectural value of the building itself.

A feasibility study is underway to evaluate all the elements required for the realisation of this project. Further details on the project are available in the downloadable presentation brochure, here attached.