New contemporary architectures in L

November, 6 2012 10:00

Posted inArchitecture

 

"The city centre could have been a great laboratory. It should have been re-plannedlike the cities after the war bombings - says Luca Molinari, critic and director of the Italian pavilion at the last Venice Biennale -. It should not have been frozen, young architects and teachers should have been called, workshops organized and architecture should have been used to create a new story. The emergency phase lasted for two years without a strategic perspective".

This is what PAOLA PIEROTTIwrote in "Il Sole 24 Ore - Projects and Competitions" on March 28th, 2011.

The city she was referring to is L 'Aquila.

It 's always interesting to read old articles from one or two years ago, on an issue that has now been current for a long time. And it’s most useful to understand the phenomenon of "stagnation”, be it political or bureaucratic, which in Italy is always the backdrop for all episodes related to performance of great works.



Photo: Fabio Mantovani, via europaconcorsi

 

Today, unfortunately, the situation in L’ Aquila is very similar to what is described in the article. There are a few differences, but the substantial absence of a strategic fit that gives space to a reconstruction of quality, gives us sadness and resignation in front of a missed opportunity not only in L' Aquila, but in Italy and in all its schools of architecture as well.

But what are these differences compared to 2011? What has finally been realized?

The six proposed architectures ("The Two Cities" - Proteus Associates, "Auditorium of the Park" - Renzo Piano, "Church of San Bernardino" - A. Citterio, "Department of Human Sciences" - L. Zordan, "Temporary Concert Hall" - Shigeru Ban, "Office Building" - unknown) are all symbols of a reconstruction that attempts to provide new perspectives; sometimes massive and abundant in planning references, sometimes imprisoned in their excessive sense of timing, but always architectures that impose themselves in renewalprocess.



Photo: Federica Di Vincenzo


Photo: Federica Di Vincenzo


Photo: Leo Torri, via archdaily


Photo: Federica Di Vincenzo


Photo: Fabio Mantovani, via europaconcorsi


Photo: Federica Di Vincenzo