Beyond dimension, Meraviglioso Urbano explores ambiguity and disembodiment through a series of abstract stages. Connected and immaterial, an archipelago of cultural commons grows.
Born out of the need to react to the troubled atmosphere suffocating Rome during the 70s, the Estate Romana took cultural initiatives out into the public space. Architecture’s contribution took shape in ephemeral projects, creating proper scenarios for both the events and everyday urban life. The term ‘meraviglioso urbano’ described the possibility to amaze and transcend the limitations of physical, permanent architecture. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Estate Romana, five practices—SOCKS, Florian Bengert, FAKT, Studio No, and Lucia Tahan—were invited to design five ephemeral installations at MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome.
Meraviglioso Urbano is a research on the idea of an urban wonder, a way of seeing ordinary places as extraordinary ones.
Sitting atop the Villa Aldobrandini garden in Rome—an elevated archipelago-like set of green islands—the proposed installations are nine stages for reading literature in dialogue with one another. The immaterial and the ephemeral, embodied in a landscape of simultaneous voices, are deployed as the core of the intervention. Perceptual ambiguity stitches together the intervention’s formal language.
This book was exhibited alongside a series of models of the project, silver prints and documentation at MAXXI and the I Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism from July to November, 2017. The publication was produced as part of the workshop The Theaters of Culture. Ephemeral projects for the eternal city as part of Future Architecture platform for MAXXI Museo delli Arti del XXI Siecolo. Based on Bom Bom Bay, a story by Ruohong Wu.
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Title: Meraviglioso Urbano
Author: Lucia Tahan
Cover: Soft cover
Size: 21 × 29.7 cm
Publisher: MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts