Landscape and project in an architectural composition exercise about the addition of one and more megastructures in a uniform system for collective space. The project is grafted onto the existing, almost wanting to continue it: integration of the Cementir complex, located in Caserta, which from 1968 to today, appears to be a fundamental component in the landscape around. We hardly notice it anymore. As if it wasn’t there. We do not want to redevelop the peripheral, productive part of the city. The biggest mistake would be to not recognize the incidence of Bigness on men, and wanting to forget about its presence; but, above all, not to respect works of such architectural strength. Recurring elements, as in a form’s vocabulary. Iron, cages and sailor ladders, conveyor systems such as stretched arms, cranes, pylons, bridge cranes, silos, pipes of all sizes and diameters. An industrial archaeology, made of micro-objects that make up the mega-structure, without any aesthetic aim, only functionality; all that, recreate a nearly picturesque setting. Only the visit, the temporary staying of that place can turn on the emotion of finding oneself in a stranger world. Long shadows, disarming heights. The human dimension is lost in the massive dimensionality of the Artificial. Irregularity, iron suggestion, disorder. The bigness will therefore become an incubator of research, exercise and compositional experimentation, with residential and collective intentions, where volumes will be multiplied, will grow in colonies. Everything will be occupied with new structures. The megastructure will experience evolution. From a functional megastructure, it will become a playful place, based only on the concept of self-participation, of play, of fun as knowledge of experience. Civitas Ludens, Homo Ludens by Constant: “The Homo Ludens will alters and recreates this environment and this world according to his needs. The exploration and creation of the environment will then overlap, because Homo ludens, creating his territory to explore, will take care of exploring his own creation”.
FROM AFAR WILL APPEAR NOTHING BUT THE CHAOS.
NO INDICATIONS, ONLY THE CURIOUS WILL KNOW HOW TO DISCOVER EVERY ELEMENT.
NO RULE, ONLY SELF-PARTICIPATION.
NO INVENTION, ONLY THE EXISTING.
NOT A PRECISE LOGIC, NOT A “STYLE”: A GLOSSARY OF FORMS AND STRUCTURES.
NOT AN UTOPIA, NOT A MONUMENT: A CITY.
NOT A REQUALIFICATION: A TRANSLATION.
NOT A FUNCTION: A CONCEPT.
MORE THAN A PROJECT: AN ACT OF LOVE.