Tran-city - Venice Architecture Biennale 2008


Luigi Valente, Nemesi Studio, Gianluca Evels, Lorenza Giavarini, Stefania Papitto
Critical hypothesis:
Michele Molè con Valerio Paolo Mosco
Project team:
Karin Bergher, Alessandra Giannone, Paolo Greco, Eliana Mangione, Alessia Tonnetti, Ilaria Vernier.
Coordinamento e organizzazione: Susanna Tradati, Tiziana Destino.
Concept allestitivo:
Michele Molè, Stefano Orizio, Paolo Mennea, Gianluca Evels, Stefania Papitto.
Realizzazione modelli:
Stefano Orizio, Silvia Piccini,  Gianluca Evels, Stefania Papitto, Ilaria Vernier
Rodolfo Migliari [Vision], Luigi Valente, Nemesi Studio.
Venice, Italy
Venice Biennale

Trancity is the image of a city-non-city that overtakes the image of the traditional urban design –the architecture of the drawn city- and the chaotic and self-cloning ways with which the contemporary metropolis assaults and lies on the territory, imposing the dictatorship of the fullness (urban sprawl that invades and devours the public space and volume over the top of the background). Trancity was born from a radical inversion of these dynamics and it is aiming to redeem the emptiness from marginality, so that it can become a new figurative system.
Trancity proposes the theme of the informal city, in opposition to the theme of the traditional texture-figure and in opposition to the speculation of similar and self-cloning volumes, it bases its existence on the negation of any figure system, giving back the scene to the emptiness and the absence as informal and emerging structure. The theme of the emptiness-view is radicalized by two extreme and complementary options:

-Emerging field_the city-infrastructure
-Empty field_ the city-park
-Emerging field_the city-infrastructure

In this option the view’s dimension of Trancity is materialized in the infrastructure-building from a self similar development, that through the soft taking place of the roman countryside, evokes the anthropologism of the natural landscape through big infrastructural signs (railway, motorway etc…)
In the area of Magliana, south west from Rome, a macro urban sign created by the Corviale’s axis (a big popular estate built in the Seventies in the roman outskirts in order to contain the sprawl), connects it to the infrastructural arterial streets of the Grande Raccordo Anulare and of the Roma-Fiumicino motorway, generating- where they intersect- a new southern door to Rome; the complexity and the co-presence of functions and urban equipments, are united in only one architecture-infrastructure in which public and private functions live together, residences and recreational activities, services and business and the big arterial street that horizontally connect the parts.

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