Residentity

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PROJECT: SUSANNA FERRINI, ANTONELLO STELLA
PROJECT TEAM: STEFANO BATTAGLIA, SIMONE BOVE, ANNA HOLLSTEIN, PAOLO ROSSI, ANGELO VENTURI
COLLABORATIONS: FABRIZIO ROMANO, MARIANNA MAZZETTA
ADVISORS: MARCO BIUZZI, CRISTIANA MARCOSANO DELL’ ERBA

 

RESIDENSITY > a new map of dwelling desires in Rome
The concept of residensity derives from the morphing of two different environments: the residence, intended as a static and private space, and density, intended as a representation of the flows of new urban communities. The acronym fuses these two scales in order to experiment with new forms of inhabiting the city, interpreting the map of ‘desires’ of its inhabitants. The concept of dwelling thus moves away from traditional domestic space, becoming ever more inclusive of new themes and functions. Passing from the private to the public it integrates the spaces of work, social activities, leisure and those of the ‘net’. We now live ‘outside’ our homes, rather than ‘inside’ what we identify as the domestic: dwelling now refers to the inhabitation  of the public spaces of the city or the virtual territories of the net and new urban communities. The spaces of ‘exchange’ and communication have reached a maximum, whether they are physical or virtual. They are the new spaces of desire: large shopping centres have become the containers of our leisure time, creating maps of the desires of the city’s inhabitants and generating new shared rituals. Our project proposes a viral architecture that insinuates itself within these spaces, physically modifying them and producing a new form of urban dwelling as a beneficial cure. This virus is the hybridisation of forms of dwelling in these spaces of ‘desire’; it  experiments with the idea of flexible and temporary prototypes that, by grafting themselves onto the organ-function, are capable of deforming it and generating a new and inclusive idea of domesticity. The Temporality of dwelling mutates and varies according to flows and desires, and insinuates itself like a beneficial Virus within Eternal Rome
ECOVOIDS > a new network of viral architecture in Rome
The concept of residentity uses the large swathes of the Roman countryside to create an urban form of the void that, like a virus, insinuates itself within the Eternal City and transforms its behaviour. The form of contemporary Rome is still that of an ‘archipelago’, ‘crossed’ by a system of ravines, water channels, agricultural terrains and quarries that are now intercluded between urbanised areas that do not ‘communicate’ with one another. Paradoxically it is precisely along the margins of these ‘invisible’ voids that we find the ‘sensitive’ areas of the city, constituted of new flows of traffic and commerce without, however, actually being connected with it. These voids in the design of the city become the beneficial virus that deforms the city, beginning along its edges. It becomes the ‘unstable’ threshold of its processes of change. 
The figure of experimentation is that of an ‘archipelago’, a network of eco-voids that become the new form of ‘desire’ in the Eternal City, the spaces of public life that are found in a primordial and almost geological level of the city. Like a void it appears even more magmatic and changing. The eco-voids are designed as fields of production for alternative energies, as energetic plug-ins, or used for the production of new forms of inhabiting public spaces, where the void becomes the positive representation of a ‘sensitive’ and ‘desirable’ space of public life, capable of transforming the mechanisms of the Eternal City from the inside. The beneficial Virus of dwelling settles, hybridises and wraps the spaces of ‘desire’ that progressively overlook the margins of Rome’s eco-voids: shopping centres, railway stations, infrastructures, parking structures, large mono-functional residential neighbourhoods, the containers of culture and sport.

 

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