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"Plasticland" | Video by Richard Ingersoll | Food dal Cucchiaio al Mondo | MAXXI | Rome

San Agustin, Almeria (Spain). Picture by Yann Arthus Bertrand

Plasticland is an observation of the increasing quantity of plastic used in contemporary agricultural landscape. The aerial photograph of the San Agustin territory east of Almeria by Yann Arthus Bertrand, provides a stunning image of 40.000 hectares of land obliterated by polyethylene and polyvinylchloride covered greenhouses.

"The Comb Bench" at MAXXI - Food dal Cucchiaio al Mondo by Stefano Barbagli

Tiziano Trevisiol makes use of black plastic mulch sheets for “Hanging Farms”, three prisms that decontextualize a material that is widely diffused for crops such as strawberries and asparagus. The Comb Bench (Panchina Pettine) by Stefano Barbagli shows how recycled plastic can be put to good use while the video Plasticland considers the aesthetic impact of agricultural plastic and looks into alternatives, especially the very promising field of bioplastics. The dangers of plastics that are not properly disposed of, influence the health of local populations as well as larger realms such as the oceans, where currently partially decomposed plastics are having a lethal effect on fish.

"Plasticland", MAXXI - Food dal Cucchiaio al Mondo by Richard Ingersoll & Severino Iritano

Plastic is everywhere in the production of modern farms, rarely noticed, often extremely useful, but also full of environmental degradation, damaging to the soil and to the seas.

TerraViva Competitions

Recently created as a new branch of "TerraViva", this specific section proposes a series of design competitions in line with the topics addressed by our workshops and mainly directed to architecture students, new graduates and young designers.

TACTICAL URBANISM NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the third competition of 2021. Starting from December 13th, registrations will be open until 18/03/2022.


December 13th "Tactical Urbanism NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 18/03/2022; Results on 26/04/2022; Jury:  Miralles Tagliabue EMBT (Barcelona), Public City (Winnipeg), Openfabric (Rotterdam); Orizzontale (Rome); Intuy Lab (Lima); Sports (New York); Atelier Nea (Paris); OBBA (Seoul);


September 10th "Hangar Ticinum - A Community Hub on the River"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 10/12/2021; Results on 20/01/2022; Jury: Piuarch (Milan); TSPA (Berlin); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Operastudio (New York); Degli Esposti Architetti (Milan); Untitled Architecture (Moscow); Comune di Pavia (Pavia); Politecnico di Milano (Milan);

March 15th "The Living Museum - Micro-Architectures in the Landscape"7.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 01/08/2021; Results on 13/09/2021; Jury: Topotek1 (Berlin); Elemental Architecture (New York); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Paredes Pedrosa (Madrid); NADAAA (Boston); One O One Architects (Seoul); Nicolas Campodonico (Rosario); Studio O (Berlin);

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