Re-thinking urban void: from slaughterhouse to new cultural centre

PROJECT TYPE: (Proposal) Ri-Formare Milano 

WHERE: Milan, Italy

COLLABORATION: Arch. Roberta D'Agrosa

YEAR: 2015

The project takes as its philosophy the willingness to work among things, accepting the challenge of triggering new relationships, giving quality to the places, spaces are now being deprived of identity that Marc Augè would call “non-places” using the instrument of regeneration. Our project takes then in between as a tool generative project would seek to solve the traditional dualism of town and country, by engaging new relationships between the two. Mend that relationship through a process of infiltration of nature in the city, increasing the permeable surface and forming a new landscape, meeting and contamination between town and country. What is referred to in various disciplines by the term “urban void”, is rather far from an empty element, indeed it is a palimpsest of tracks and signs, which are precious materials for architectural design.

The designer is always confronted with the theme of the story (manufacturing activity) which constitutes an unavoidable material for the project, the story should be the instrument dialectical for the designer, but it can not be a refuge, thus implying the repetition of toutcourt solid experience. The key issue is to implement a relationship with the pre-existence, through a critical process, which uses materials such as the history of the project and the environment in general, causing them to become tools of design.