"The Urban Sponge" | TerraViva WS n°6 | Prato-Vaiano | June 2019

June 1, 2019

"The Urban Sponge" Workshop by Politecnico di Milano + TerraViva Workshop + Earth Service + Ecòl architecture studio + Chi-nà association.

 

For this 6th  TerraViva Workshop 2018/19 students will be working on Vaiano, a small town of 10.000 inhabitants 15 km north of Prato (Tuscany).

 

Vaiano is set in a beautiful natural environment, a heavily forested valley, where the waterways passing through the town made it a logical place to establish textile mills, which led to the eventual creation of clothing factories. The city grew on a narrow, linear urban pattern that extends 5 km. During the heyday of its productive life, the workers of Vaiano were particularly well organized to mobilize for workers’ rights, medical care (the cooperative pharmacy), and fair housing. In the 1950s they also struggled to keep their autonomy as a city; resisting being colonized, and thus compromised, by Prato. Thus there remains a strong sense of equity that in the past united the residents in old Vaiano.

 

Today, however, things are different, there is much less employment in the factories, artisan skills are being lost, young people have been moving away, and due to globalization, many of the factories have now been abandoned, leaving significant urban holes. Using photography, video, cartography, and the tools of architecture, students will document, map, and analyze the most hopeless areas of the city.

 

Through the techniques of video sculptures, learned from the Berliner artist Barbara Weigel, we will try to both dramatize the situation of Vaiano, while proposing elements that might improve its urban future. Many of these new opportunities come from the trend for a share economy.

 

The first concpets has been presented in Prato on Saturady 01/06, while further refinement of the projects has taken place in Milan during the following week until the final presentation set for Thursday 13/06 at PoliMi.

 

Photo Credits © Eugenia Bolla

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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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! The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the first competition of 2020. Starting from June 15th, registrations will be open until November 29th.

www.terravivacompetitions.com

 UPCOMING EVENTS 

May 16th   "Milano Arch Week"

11:00 am - 7:00 pm Digital Marathon with a series of online Open Lectures by:  Petra Blaisse (Biblioteca degli Alberi); Peter Eisenman (Residenze Carlo Erba); Bjarke Ingels (CityLife); Rem Koolhaas (Fondazione Prada); Daniel Libeskind (CityLife); Patrik Schumacher – Zaha Hadid Architects (City Life); Kazuyo Sejima – SANAA (Campus Bocconi).

https://www.milanoarchweek.eu/

May 25th  "Milano Digital Week"

Online Edition | 25/05 - 30/05

https://www.milanodigitalweek.com

June 5th  "Il Futuro degli Spazi Pubblici", 6:00 pm | Open Lecture

https://www.eventi.polimi.it/events/mantovarchitettura-il-futuro-degli-spazi-pubblici/

 

 

July 1st  "Tactical Urbanism Now! - The Reappropriation of Public Space" | TerraViva Competition #1

"Early" Registration Open from 15/06/2020 to  15/09/2020

www.terravivacompetitions.com

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Recent Updates:

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, TerraViva Workshop has postponed all the programmed activities until June 3rd 2020

Didactic ProgramDirector:

Richard Ingersoll

Scientific Coordination and Organization:

Eugenia Bolla

Stefano Lardera

Teaching Assistants:

Toufic Rifai

Matteo Pettinaroli

Omar Rota

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