Gallaratese Redux

Our Design Studio (Politecnico di Milano – Matteo Poli, Riccardo Mazzoni, Alessandro Rocca) is invited to participate at TAB, Tallinn Architecture Biennale, "Recycling Socialism".

Our topic: Ground Zero – Gallaratese Rewind (40 years after Carlo Aymonino and Aldo Rossi project)

Foto di Gabriele Basilico

Politecnico di Milano
, School of Architecture and Society, Italy
Studio: Ground Zero – Gallaratese Redux
Spring 2013
Lecturers: Matteo Poli, Alessandro Rocca, Riccardo Mazzoni

Students were asked to complete a project, defined to proper scale, of landscape, environmental design and/or architecture. Continuous social, economical and political transformations were the framework of each intervention as driving forces for the fragility of contemporary physical environment.
As an interface between city and architecture, landscape and built environment, GROUND LEVEL a.k.a. ground zero has been used as a canvas for social protest, as a manifesto for architectural styles, as a technological device to control climate, accesses, aura and status of buildings.
During the semester the class deeply investigated how ground level has evolved in architecture and urbanism. They designed a series of interlocking examples to obtain a new city utopia based on street sections with a specific look to the last 100 years. Sections and 1.1 frottages tell a story of a urban ecosystem.
We aim to refine design capacities of each student and to increase critical and analytical abilities, fundamental in contemporary architecture debate and profession.

TAB Architecture Schools' Exhibition

The International Architecture Schools' Exhibition invites students and professors from several renowned Architecture Schools from all over the globe to biennale's discussion.

The traditional result of architects’ work is designed space, a material result born in a complicated process of quest. How much is architecture (in the meaning of designed space) influenced by the approaches chosen for creating it? The International Architecture School Exhibition proposes and introduces different methods of studying, defining and questioning space from the most pragmatic and practical to philosophical and contemplative. Attention is shifted from architecture as a matter of fact to architecture as a process of critical thinking. Can unexpected methods of creating space result in unpredictable types of space?

By concentrating and introducing different critical ideas, starting-points, and perspectives, the schools’ exhibition raises the question: how might different methods of approach function in the context of recycling the historical Soviet-era space?