FAKE VENICE

International Competition Manifesto
Venice City Vision
Venice (IT)
2011.06
Fakeness is today an highly diffused procedure to re-invent things, re-creating them better then before in new phantom images. And that is Fake Venice: a place in which some conditions never realized before are forced to develop in the city.
Fake Venice is a reflection on fakeness and the future of a city. It reflects on the “potential being”: it focuses on one of the potential Venice that have not been realized.
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INTRO

- Shopping along the Canal Grande. New Brands around the Ponte Rialto

A vision is a forecast, a matter of planning or it is a fake.

Today reality is much more strong of any possible forecast, as we have understood looking at the recent events all over the world. Starting from the 9/11 till the new internet guided revolutions in the north african arab countries and the strong earthquake happened in Japan that leaded to the tremendous tsunami and the nuclear accident, all of us have seen events all over the world we hardly believe in if they were set up in hollywood movies.

Intending visions on the city as a way to forecast urban conditions the city itself can embody in its real development, we think it is a not relevant procedure: reality in itself will overcome every vision.

Besides, we do not believe in vision as a planning affair. Planning in its main meaning is considered to focus on a imagined global vision that can be imposed at a certain time on the real city to guide its development to get some new conditions decided that are the best: today this attitude showed its less efficacy in driving the urban changes.
This planning attitude, according to which you can impose some general ideas on reality in order to guide it, demonstrates a dirigiste attitude that is not acceptable anymore: we think no ideology can impose its vision forcing the realization of its ideas on the spontaneous systems evolving together in the contemporary urban landscape.
Today no political pluralistic attitude can accept the idea of driving all the transformations of a city to recreate a predefined condition trying to face in that way the ever changing urban conditions that answer to global multilayer relations, from business to the informal network of immigration flows.
The contemporary city as an urban field accepts many and many interacting forces in continuous spontaneous flourishing and decomposing. The only way to work on it is to loose themselves in the sea of the acting forces; and from the inside try to insert local perturbations to the temporary equilibriums: only local reactions to the forces in action in a specific moment on the city can be provided.
No more global visions can be considered useful to plan in detail the transformations of the city.

Global visions on the city could work only as main references: images can represent the city relating it to not-actual conditions forcing reactions in order to produce new ideas of its future, different or not from the directions of development the city seems following.

No forecasts neither planning.
Today vision can be intended only as fake or as an hallucinated dream.

Fakeness is today an highly diffused procedure to re-invent things, re-creating them better then before in new phantom images.
And this is a trend on web, where a huge amount of pictures create false images representing famous celebrities with body changed in best, sometimes exaggerated, or representing them in situations never occurred, often situations far away their real life style.
The aim is to change the actual condition and the destiny of the people represented. The idea is to double their lives in a parallel destiny never occurred but plausible. It is the “sliding doors” syndrome: a life is represented while another one of the possible lives might have occurred.
Indeed, fakeness is to produce a parallel reality stronger than the existing one.
And obviously on the web the huge amount of the fake images are oriented on intimate exposition: fake images represent celebrities with hypertrophied bodies or involving them in intimate relationships never occurred.
The fakeness involves the much more deep private dimensions: the fake is the tool that can imagine new realities opposite to the real one leveraging on the inner structural condition of life.

And that is Fake Venice: a place in which some conditions never realized before are forced to develop in the city. The bodies of the city become hypertrophied.
The Fake Venice represents a plausible development of the city: one future in the range of its potential developments. The Fake Venice decided to fall in love with certain realities and certain dynamics of the contemporary world that the existing city has always refused to meet and really never met.

Fakeness is a sort of dream.
A dream that is a way in which our sub-conscious during the most intense and deep phase of sleeping guides our mind to elaborate new relations and connections between experiences occurred and not, between reality and fantasy.
Mixed informations define new stories and new realities: useful or not, reproducible or not, used or not as a direction for the real life.
They remain only a fake, an altered reality but for a while they could appear as a spot of an incoming far away future.

Fake Venice is a reflection on fakeness and the future of a city. It reflects on the “potential being”: it focuses on one of the potential Venice that have not been realized.
It is the B side of a ”sliding door” Venice existence.

And as the mask hides the face so the beauty of Venice hides its strong reality, its sharp edges. In the back of the beauty an unexpected counter-reality is hidden: a black soul addicted to the brand new realities picked up all over the world faces the white one absorbed in its cloud of beauty.

As if we were new contemporary Canaletto living in Venice we might reproduce images of the city: images of a 2011 Venice deep involved in the dynamics and in the urban conditions happening all around the world today.

Someone could find this Venice more attractive and someone else horrible but it doesn’t matter how you feel it or if you can accept it: the main goal of this Fake Venice is to force the city to be in contact with the contemporary urban forces that drive the world today and to produce public reactions on that trying to answer to certain key questions.
Is it better what Venice is now or what Venice could have been if it would have interacted in its recent past with the contemporary urban conditions not refusing them?
Is it better what Venice is now or what it could have become opening to the main dynamics of the global economy trying to be a node in the network of the global relations as it was during the XIII sec?
Is it better what Venice is now or what Venice could have become accepting to keep in touch with the global contemporary economic tendencies driving their impetus on the city in order to obtain from the global capital investments adequate counterparts for the organization of the city itself?

Probably no answer is possible. The only thing is to restart moving making a quick jump into the reality, whatever it is. It will be possible to make mistakes but the city will be living again, in the real world.

- The Central Business District along the Venice-Island Station and two of the scattered pavillions for the Administrativ Service in Cannaregio

- General Plan

 

- The Burj Al Arab Venice, a new luxury touristic destination in front of San Pietro Island

 

- Venice local food production new policy: Urban Agriculture in Campo San Polo

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MONOLITH

International Competition Project
YAC – Young Architects Competitions
Roccascalegna, Chieti (IT)
2017.07
The project for an Observatory House for tourists on the hillside of Roccascalegna, focuses on the potential of a new interior landscape and a gorgeous experience of observing the sky. A series of monoliths appears on the side of the hill, as ancestral symbols of connection with the cosmos. The spaces of the houses are all buried into the ground; the vertical volume of the monolith appears on top as an alien object landed on the hill.

 

UNA NUOVA URBANITA’ RURALE

Competition Project
MHS Spa
Paderno Dugnano, Milano (IT)
2013.11
Il progetto propone una nuova urbanità rurale nell’area ex-Breter. Viene proposto un nuovo modello insediativo di case basse, dense e minute, aggregate a isole, che gravitano attorno ad uno spazio aperto pubblico completamente permeabile e orientato alla produzione agricola. Oggetto di interesse è un nuovo equilibrio tra urbanità e ruralità, una nuova ecologia urbana.

 

URBAN DESIGN MEETINGS – LECTURES

International Seminar
Politecnico di Milano
Milano (IT)
2013.10 
The Meetings are born for the Urban Design Course in the Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Politecnico di Milano - School of Architecture and Society, and organized by Andrea De Matteis. In the Meetings are collected: Case Studies, Lectures, Forums, Focus, Workshops.
In this appointment the office Arup with the architect Stefano Recalcati will give a LECTURE about “Sustainable masterplanning in the new emerging countries”.

THE OPEN BLOCK-HOUSE

International Competition Project
Europan 12
Nürnberg (DE)
2013.06
The replacement of a former closed housing block  with a new opened block realizes a brand new urban space for the city. The outstanding open block offers the opportunity to give to the housing building a new civic role for the entire neighborhood: the compactness and the clearness of the volume highlights its presence, while its openings and passages inside let the citizens live the ground floor and the courtyard for collective activities.

 

URBAN DESIGN MEETINGS – FOCUS

International Seminar
Politecnico di Milano
Milano (IT)
2013.06 
The Meetings are born for the Urban Design Course in the Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Politecnico di Milano - School of Architecture and Society, and organized by Andrea De Matteis. In the Meetings are collected: Case Studies, Lectures, Forums, Focus, Workshops.
In this second Meeting, Francesca Tatarella and the milanese landscape office Atelier delle Verdure will FOCUS on “The design of the open spaces in the contemporary city “.

URBAN DESIGN MEETINGS – CASE STUDIES

International Seminar
Politecnico di Milano
Milano (IT)
2012.12
The Meetings are born for the Urban Design Course in the Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Politecnico di Milano - School of Architecture and Society, and organized by Andrea De Matteis. In the Meetings are collected: Case Studies, Lectures, Forums, Focus, Workshops.
In this first Meeting on a CASE STUDY, the architect Massimo Bertolano (Erick van Egeraat former associate) will present the Milanofiori project.

NEW HIGHTECH CAMPUS

Competition project
Confindustria di Bergamo
Albino, Bergamo (IT)
2012.08
Oggi la riqualificazione dell’area di Albino può proporre un elemento in più. Se da una parte le logiche dello sviluppo immobiliare sono tema imprescindibile per la fattibilità economico-finanziaria di trasformazioni così ampie e complesse, come lo è del resto la riqualificazione ambientale di contesti fisici così eccezionali, dall’altra parte elemento determinante per la riqualificazione dell’area di Albino è la strategia di riuso industriale.

LA CITTADELLA DEL COMMIATO

Competition Project
Comune di Ferrara
Ferrara (IT)
2012.05
L’ampliamento della Cittadella del Commiato con l’inserimento della nuova sede obitoriale comunale permetterà di consolidare i servizi di onoranze funebri offerti ai cittadini e qualificherà uno dei recinti storici della città preservandone il carattere originario. Il Nuovo Obitorio Comunale potrà esserne il fulcro e al suo interno un nuovo recinto ne diverrà il cuore: la Camera Ardente si raccoglierà attorno ad un chiostro dove si celebrerà il commiato.

 

ECOSISTEMI DOMESTICI

Competition Project
Comune di Cesena
Cesena (IT)
2012.01
La via Emilia è oggi il tipico paesaggio urbano della strada di grande percorrenza. Riconvertire la strada ad un traffico locale offre l’opportunità di fare leva sulle condizioni di vita sociale e collettiva già presenti per ampliare all’intera sezione stradale e al suo intero sviluppo lineare quei caratteri di paesaggio urbano familiare e civico presente in numerosi episodi lungo la strada.

CASA PER ANZIANI IN DUE BLOCCHI

Competition Project
Comune di Castelleone
Castelleone, Cremona (IT)
2011.09
Una casa per anziani di 8 alloggi si inserisce in un quartiere di altre comunita’ per anziani ai margini di una cittadina della pianura padana. Affacciato verso un piccolo corso d’acqua il nuovo edificio lavora sugli spazi intermedi costruendo nuove relazioni tra spazi privati e spazi collettivi e tra spazi aperti e spazi interni.

 

 

SPEISINGER CIVIC HUB

International Competition Project
Europan 11
Vienna (AT)
2011.06
A new civic center will be created around a new stop of the S-Bahn railway line. A main linear building defines the central public area and a series of public passages, ramps, pathways, sport facilities, greenhouses and community gardens create a collective field of cooperation between the three different sites involved in the redevelopment.

FAKE VENICE

International Competition Manifesto
Venice City Vision
Venice (IT)
2011.06
Fakeness is today an highly diffused procedure to re-invent things, re-creating them better then before in new phantom images. And that is Fake Venice: a place in which some conditions never realized before are forced to develop in the city.
Fake Venice is a reflection on fakeness and the future of a city. It reflects on the “potential being”: it focuses on one of the potential Venice that have not been realized.

E10 EUROPEAN FORUM OF RESULTS

Competition Closing Event
Europan Europe
Neuchatel (CH)
2010.05
The Forum of the 10th session of the european competition Europan took place in the University of Neuchatel. The Forum began with the Swiss Awards Ceremony: the office has been awarded of the II Prize for the project THE 4TH ECO-SYSTEM. Afterwards, some working groups have been organised around specific topics to discuss with the local administration representatives the relevance of the winning ideas.

THE 4TH ECOSYSTEM

International Competition Project
Europan 10
Nyon (CH)
2009.06
Les Plantaz site presents extraordinary conditions to experiment new way of organizing the urban fabric working on the interaction between nature and the city. Ecological reasons may join urbanism. The opportunity of working with three existing ecosystems of spontaneous vegetation offers an exceptional event to improve natural environment and to foster sustainable urban development.

ECOSCAPES

Competition Project
Comune di Cavriglia
Cavriglia, Arezzo (IT)
2009.06
Ecoscape propone un’idea nuova di parco declinando insieme ecologia, leisure ed energia. Il tentativo è quello di immettere nel sistema dei flussi turistici che investe la Toscana un elemento nuovo, al momento estraneo e non presente nella gamma di offerta. L’obiettivo è duplice: riqualificare in chiave ecologico – naturalistica un’area di sfruttamento minerario ed immettere Cavriglia nella rete di relazioni globali legate al turismo.

 

THE 4TH ECOLOGY

International Competition Project
Europan 10
Dessau (DE)
2009.06
The 4th ecology is a programmatic strategy for the city of Dessau, developed inside the three existing ecologies and proposing a pragmatic alternative to the complete replacement of the abandoned urban clusters. It proposes punctual reforms for core and border areas by adopting parasites, incision and infilling operation. It intensifies the spatial relation between the streets, the buildings and the internal courts.

PULVISCOLI

Competition Project
Comune di Teramo
Teramo (IT)
2008.06
Il progetto per il nuovo sistema di spazi pubblici del centro storico di Teramo si propone come un piccolo manifesto per l’incoraggiamento della vita collettiva in città. Si tratta di costruire dentro al sistema di relazioni preesistenti una serie di dispositivi fisici che incentivino la socialità e contribuiscano a rinnovare una dimensione collettiva attorno ad alcune sue condizioni rilevanti – scienza, natura, cultura.

E9 NORWAY PRIZE CEREMONY

Competition Closing Event
Europan Norway
 Oslo (NO)
2008.01
In the DOGA, the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture in Oslo, it took place the Prize Ceremony of the winning projects for the norwegian sites of Europan 9. In the Ceremony the office has been awarded of the Honorable Mention for the project LAB-CITY. During the meeting we presented the project and we discussed it with the other teams and the local representatives.

LAB-CITY

International Competition Project
Europan 9
Lillestrøm (NO)
2007.06
The project for a public space in the civic centre of Lillestrøm is a concrete solution to a local problem – the need for a recognizable meeting place – and, at the same time, it works as a small manifesto: the Stortorvet Square is intended as an environmental public deck populated by many dispositifs able to react with the local conditions at the environmental, economical, urban and social levels.

5 CASE UNIFAMILIARI AD ALTA DENSITA’

Competition Project
ATER Matera
Matera (IT)
2006.02
Cinque nuovi piccoli edifici si inseriscono nella serie di nuovi brani edificati che nel tempo si sono realizzate sull’impianto iniziale del Borgo La Martella. Rispetto alle recenti espansioni di case a schiera il progetto propone una sequenza di piccole case unifamiliari isolate ma affiancate. Con un ritmo serrato i blocchi cercano di declinare la condizione sub-urbana del villaggio verso un’atmosfera più urbana.

BLOCCO RESIDENZIALE COMPATTO

Competition Project
Società Etruria Immobili srl
Grosseto (IT)
2005.09
In un quartiere misto produttivo/residenziale un nuovo blocco abitativo sostituisce un capannone industriale. Il progetto propone un modello ibrido: definisce una massa compatta e una scala complessiva dell’edificio simile ai blocchi industriali ma garantisce una elevata qualità abitativa grazie ai patii e all’articolato sistema di distribuzione. Immesso in un quartiere misto il nuovo edifico cerca in sé stesso affacci e spazi collettivi di socialità.