“the notion of ‘habitat for the greatest number’ announced a new, more holistic approach, while still echoing the credos of modernism…. the everyday environment was believed to contain valuable lessons for the realm of contemporary architecture and urbanism. amongst the other team x members who contributed to the new paradigm was giancarlo de carlo…”

20/06/2012 § Leave a comment

photography: andrea boccalini (date unknown)
architecture:  giancarlo de carlo, villagio matteotti (1968-74)

 

giancarlo de carlo keeps popping up in the articles and essays i’ve been reading in the past week and given monday’s post on andreas angelidakis’ vasby workshop, i figured i’d post the above image of de carlo’s villagio matteotti.  it seems odd to credit de carlo with the design, since he preached the importance of participatory design.  villagio matteotti was built for steel factory workers and their families.  the members of this community worked together with giancarlo de carlo to produce the final design.  one thing that’s always bothered me – well, not bothered, how about interested me – is that despite the beauty of giancarlos de carlos’ participatory design process i’ve never found an image that seems to tell this aspect of the story well.

if you’re interested in reading more about this time period in italian architectural discourse and seeing some images the villagio matteotti in living color, follow this link to a post i wrote a few years back for rolu.

 

participate as process

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[title]     D’Auria, Viviana, Bruno De Meulder, Kelly Shannon, and Kelly Shannon. “The Nebulous Notion of Human Settlements.” Human Settlements: Formulations and (re)calibrations. Ed. Viviana D’Auria and Bruno De Meulder. Amsterdam: SUN Academia, 2010. 11. Print.

[image]    today’s image comes from santiago de molina’s article “¿para quién es la arquitectura?” on the website la ciudad viva.

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