URBANSCAPES #5 - Spazio Pubblico?!
April 29, 2022
For the fifth episode of URBANSCAPES, Street Levels Gallery presented a special edition with very special guests! Francesco Caneschi, Jacopo Amendola and Olivia Gori, architects and researchers passionate about urbanism. Patrizia Cammeo and Titti Maschietto, urban planners and co-founders of UFO (together with Bachi, Binazzi e Foresi), a radical avant-garde group between architecture, action, art, design and communication.
These five professionals introduced the audience to a spontaneous debate on urban life and recent mutations of public space, with a focus on the post-pandemic condition of the city.
Do you think there is a city boundary? Do you think your city’s historic center is a common good? Do you think that public space belongs to everyone no one excluded?
Street Levels Gallery will also present a new installation featuring never-before-exhibited collages by CASABELVA. With its so-called ‘strilloni’, the collective operates on the deconstruction of media and advertising language, promoting the sale of fake news with a decidedly provocative intent.
URBANSCAPES is the new divulgative format that Street Levels Gallery and the association A Testa Alta dedicate to the story of the Florentine cultural ecosystem. A window that opens on all the local organizations – collectives, movements, associations, artists – that, in recent years, have been involved in the reappropriation, redefinition and regeneration of public space, using the medium of urban art and its various declinations, promoting alternative practices of intervention, contributing to the construction of a collective identity.
The city as a common good is the premise that unites the guests presented during the various talks, the point from which to explore the changes that affect the present and the future of our cities.
Francesco Caneschi is a PhD student in Radical Architecture and Incremental Urbanism, he trained and works between Portugal and Italy. He has worked for Aires Mateus in Lisbon, for and built installations in public space with ab-USO and Horizontal.
Patrizia Cammeo and Titti Maschietto are architects and urbanists, co-founders of 𝗨𝗙𝗢 (together with Bachi, Binazzi e Foresi), a Florentine radical architecture group active from 1967 to 1978. They design and create interiors, installations in public space and design objects.
Jacopo Ammendola is an architect and researcher, he deals with design and construction of metropolitan public spaces. Since 2010, he is among the founders of the collective/laboratory @Orizzontale. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Florence.
Olivia Gori is an Italian-American architect working on public space and urban regeneration. In 2016 she co-founded the architecture studio @ECÒL, developer of unconventional projects, strategies and aesthetics for public space in response to contemporary needs.
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