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Mass production makes a better world

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Spazi e corpi. Il progetto urbanistico contemporaneo#Dossier

City and Production. Explorations towards a design research: #Themes

Traversée

The Traversée is an urban figure that serves to identify a continuity, a connection, not necessarily physical, between heterogeneous spaces and urban materials linked to production. The planning strategy that accompanies it is based mainly on two principles: on the one hand to contrast the image of the City-factory where the production is structured only within imposing industrial plates that are inserted as waterproof bubbles in the urban fabric; on the other hand, redesigning the role of production spaces within a more complex and capillary system of elements, also structuring with greater clarity what we can now define with production and which enclosures and openings it builds with the rest of the city.  Read more

City and Production. Explorations towards a design research: #Postcards

The postcards are a student’s interpretation of the subject of the Atelier in relation with a specific place. This exercise induces the students to confront themselves with a dense and stratified territory in a first exploratory and reflective step towards the construction of an understanding of the theme of the Atelier. The works respond to the attempt to convey a personal reading, and therefore loaded with a strong meaning in relation to the theme, through a selective and communicative action, using very few elements. The postcards present in a synthetized way an attention to the place as a material for a new configuration. Read more

City and Production. Explorations towards a design research: #Atlas

Large scale interpretative maps

Those maps are intended as both analytical and planning tools. Free from complying with the strict administrative divisions they also define a “Turin Region” according to the issue each map is meant to focus on. Within the “City and Production” Design Unit, the collective mapping work explores the underlying logic of contemporary manufacturing and the way it is nowadays making the city. The practice was meant to build a common framework highlighting topics and issues and constituting a valid background for the design exercises. Read more

What does it mean today to design a “productive space”?

The question represent the main research objective of the Urban Design Atelier 17/18 (Bachelor’s degree course in Architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin). The students try to explore this issues following three categories of production: agricultural, manufacturing and cultural (artcraft).

Below you should find some results of the different project proposals. Read more

Back to the future. Looking back at the factory town to explore renewed relationship between production and space

the-city-of-the-future

“Back to the future” has a special meaning for us: it is our commitment to the places where the city expanded and transformed the most when urbanization, development and industrialization were proceeding hand in hand. Read more

Traverser la ville fragile #2

The Urban Design Atelier of the Architecture Bachelor third year reflected on Turin investigating seven traversées throughout the project. The results of such an exercise are sintetically presented here with a short description and selected images of the case studied which evoke some crucial issues. At the foundation of this work is a manifesto which is here summed. Read more

Traverser la ville fragile #1

The Urban Design Atelier of the Architecture Bachelor third year reflected on Turin investigating seven traversées throughout the project. The results of such an exercise are sintetically presented here with a short description and selected images of the case studied which evoke some crucial issues. At the foundation of this work is a manifesto which is here summed. Read more

La Ville Fragile

What did happened to the Fordist City? It’s usually to answer this question evoking different settlement patterns (dispersed, lenticular, minute), on the other side calling  epochal changes (shrinking, retreat, dismission) or deconstructing the urban imaginary and its postmodern aesthetics. Read more