Auditorium De Molen
Actions and projects in a public monument in Rome
Corviale is the symbol of many model neighborhoods abandoned first by architects who had imagined them; then by administrations that were supposed to handle them; and finally by the city that has turned its face the other way to not look at them. Territories left to people’s self-organization, social workers, the exploitation of parties and control of police headquarters, where the public power has produced more harm than solutions and made more promises than could be kept. It is in these places that public art and experimental research can play an important mediating role between residents and administration. Here art, perhaps because of a supposed innocence and worthlessness, can suspend the normal planning procedures and abstract attitudes of professional studies, to leave the field open to completely new forms of intervention between art and architecture, anthropology and urban planning , between geography and politics. These places created by the determinism of the modern project, now put in crisis the very notion of the project, begging to renew the sense of the word urban, inviting art to availability and listening, pushing architecture to be an approach before translation into form. The Corviale UNIVERCITY is a training structure put in place by the Università Nomade to investigate and narrate the physical reality of the building, and advance proposals, visions and projects that are open to be shared with inhabitants. It had Corviale itself as its main headquarters and teaching ground, and operated by means of several workshops which this lecture will in part re-trace. Corviale UNIVERCITY is an invitation to continue to project visions of this unfinished ideal city that heroically survived modernism and that definitely still needs imagination, creativity, architecture.
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Francesco Careri is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture of Roma Tre University. In 1995 he founded the urban art laboratory Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade, and in 2009 Laboratorio Arti Civiche, an inter-disciplinary research group which searches for a creative interaction between citizens and the built environment they live in. Currenlty his main focus is now on informal urban settlements, exploring critically new possibilities of transformation in such contexts, especially through studies and proposals on the living conditions of the Roma People in Italy and Europe. Since 2006 he runs in the Faculty of Architecture the module Civic Arts, a peripatetic laboratory grounded in the walking exploration of neglected urban areas. He is the director of the Master Programme Architettura/Arte/Città (Architecture/Art/City) and coordinator of the Master PIMC (Politics of Encounter and Cultural Mediation), both at the University of Roma Tre. His main publications are the books Constant. New Babylon, una Città Nomade (Testo & Immagine, Torino 2001) and Walkscapes. Walking as an Aesthetic Practice (Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona 2002)