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The Project of the Real
Six Writings, One Sense on the Perpetual Crisis of Architectural and Social Conditions
ISBN 9788822905420
2020, pp. 136
140x215 mm, brossura con bandelle, illustrazioni bn
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The new century began with an economic crisis and environmental and health catastrophes, and is projecting us into a new complex dimension of our living in which we are witnessing a fundamental paradigm shift, not only in our understanding of the present, but of the future in particular. We can no longer use methods and systems belonging to the scientific and reductionist paradigm of the recent past, because we are currently in a new and different condition, in an ongoing search for ethical and social relations. The scientific paradigm in which everything was decomposed and then reorganized according to a universal principle of knowledge, or the reduction of complexity into simplicity, is currently no longer applicable to knowledge in general, to living the Earth, and even less so to architecture. The disjunctive logic of Cartesian analytical theory, which distinguishes and separates and decontextualizes, used by such masters of the past century as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Aldo Rossi, becomes insufficient. Instead, it is necessary to differentiate and connect, to conceive the project as something that is not exhausted in the juxtaposition or the sum of the parts, but rather as a system full of links, interactions, relationships, transversality, variability, mutation, and adaptation. In the age of complexity, we must therefore refer to a new approach, based on architectural and social activism, one that is ecosystemic, processual, hybrid, and inclusive.
This book is a collection of six writings and projects describing the visions of possible worlds that prefigure a different approach than in the past, in which architecture, while operating on the existing that has been discarded, is asked to use new adaptive tools that, as a catalytic agent, can trigger chain reactions within the project of mutation, and activate a process of re-signification favoring a “syntagmatic overwriting” of a new social and architectural identity. Tools that in their overall constitutive identity constantly contribute to the change and co-production of the conditions of complex reciprocity with the existing, defining an approach that places architecture in an evolutionary dimension.

  • Introduction
  • 1. The Architect as an Interpreter of Reality or the Real? The Mutation of the Architect’s Role in the “Post-social” Era. May 2019
  • 2. The Contingency of the Project of the Real. July 2019
  • 3. The New Spaces of Interaction: The “Waste” Spaces of the City, Used by the Communities, as New Paradigms for the Creation of City-Buildings. August 2019
  • 4. The Spaventa Residential Neighborhood. A Case Study: From Strategy to Project. June 2018
  • 5. The Large Decommissioned Containers of the Sugar Refineries in the Plains: Re-conditioning the “Neglected Nave.” April 2018
  • 6. Existing Residential Neighborhoods in Italy: from Strategy to Project Aimed at Activating a Sustainable Mutation of Proximity Process. March 2020
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Names
Alessandro Gaiani

Alessandro Gaiani svolge attività didattica e di ricerca presso il Dipartimento di Architettura dell’Università di Ferrara. Autore e curatore di numerosi libri, saggi e articoli sulle metodologie di progettazione, di rigenerazione urbana e degli edifici esistenti, ha fatto dell’approccio strategico ibrido e sostenibile la propria cifra progettuale, vincendo concorsi nazionali e internazionali. Per Quodlibet ha pubblicato Paesaggi periferici. Strategie di rigenerazione urbana (con Andrea Boeri, Roberto Di Giulio, Maria Cristina Forlani, Vittorio Manfron e Roberto Pagani, 2013).

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