unconscious metropolis

selected project at IABR 2014, 'Urban by Nature'

THE ISOTROPIC LANDSCAPE OF CENTRAL VENETO HAS BEEN TRADITIONALLY HYBRID, AN INTERTWINEMENT OF TWO ECOSYSTEMS, THE NATURAL AND THE PRODUCTIVE: AN ALLUVIAL LANDSCAPE STRUCTURED BY HYDROGRAPHY ON ONE HAND, AND ITS PRODUCTIVE USE SINCE ROMAN TIMES ON THE OTHER, IN A CONSTANT PROCESS OF RESHAPING.

In the last thirty years, the area has experienced a constant and unquestioned growth, which turned it into one of the largest manufacturing areas in Europe. The balance gradually shifted towards a mono-functional, industrialized landscape.In the current moment of recession the friction between systems becomes visible, forcing the area to deal with its inherent limits.

Unconscious Metropolis aims to provide a new reading of the Central Veneto Region showing where this diffused urban carpet is under stress to the point of being dysfunctional. It also aims at pointing where housing, production and agriculture allow- and enhance each other’s presence, by being close and interdependent.

Meanwhile, the current governance reform in Italy provides an opportunity to rethink borders flexibly and according to relations rather than to old administrative subdivisions.

Looking again at the Central Veneto, zooming into its inherent characteristics and detecting its innovative experiments is a way to see new opportunities, germs of a future-oriented narrative. Unconscious Metropolis presents the territory as the result of its daily dynamics: Instead of looking just at the physical outcome, the contribution rather focuses on the process that produces it, giving voice to the living motor of the cumulative landscape of Central Veneto.

Output


The contribution to IABR 2014 is made of three different parts:

Next Step


IABR is interested in developing a three-year relationship with the Central Veneto territory and in bridging it from the Biennale of this year to the Biennale of 2016, where the main focus will be the relationship between spatial design and the (development of the) economy.

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Project Development

Silvia Fattore
PIOVENEFABI (Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, Raf Geysen, Carlotta Capobianco, Emma Rigoulot, Martina Motta, Jia Xin Tai)
51N4E (Freek Persyn, Johan Anrys, Sotiria Kornaropoulou)
Architecture Workroom Brussels
(Joachim Declerk)

Project coordination

Silvia Fattore Giovanni Piovene

Webplatform

Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)
Joseph Grima
non-linear (Manuel Ehrenfeld)

Strategic Advice/Consultancy

Joseph Grima

Documentary

Ries Straver - direction / production

Drones

Elika

Photographs

Stefano Graziani

Cartographic Database

Alvise Pagnacco

Sponsors