INTERVIEW with MIROARCHITETTI: young architects re-draw Bologna

PIAZZA VERDI (or known as Verdi’s Square) in BOLOGNA changed its look.For some time, those who attend the University of Bologna  will notice that the “Piazza” Bologna is undergoing a transformation, which is intended as a contribution to the redevelopment of a town often plagued by phenomena of degradation.

Did you know that it was a project conceived by a group of young local creative architects, who dream of a different future for the city? What I propose is the interview with the team of Miroarchitetti o, written for the web-magazine in 2011.

The protagonists of this adventure, decided to confront withall actors, institutions, citizens and students, to end up with an image of Bologna more dynamic, young, and ready to wonder about herself and to be the protagonist of his future.

I spoke with GIACOMO MINELLI (3rd on the right), CEO of the group. In 2012 the study produced interesting creative exhibition projects (like QUINTESSENCES) and was recently selected for the KERNEL FESTIVAL.

Miroarchitetti, history and design intent. Tell us about you.

The study Miroarchitetti was founded in 2009 in Bologna, at the initiative of Valentina Cicognani, Giacomo Minelli and Richard Palmer. Since its foundation the study was compared with different scales of design, from architectural and urban, the actual calling of three members, up to the packaging and graphics. Recently received a particular consent testing himself in the intersection between art and architecture. In 2011, he won first prize in the competition of ideas for the installation and upgrading of municipal cemetery of Polesella (RO) and the second prize at the competition for the realization of a work of art for the embellishment of public services to the person “St. Cajetan” of Predazzo (TN). In 2010 ranked third tie in the competition “Silk Road Map” international competition held from OICE. The project, Slkbroadcasting, was exhibited as part of the exhibition “High Design – High Technology” held at the Word Trade Center pavillion in Expo 2010 “Better city, better life” in Shanghai. Recently the design activity of study began to materialize in early accomplishments, including the renovation of two apartments in Bologna and the imminent construction of a detached villa in “parco della Sila. The three members of the studio participate as tutors and lecturers in the activities of the Trans-Urban Association, based in Vienna, with which he participated in workshops and conferences in Iran, India and Turkey.

The Green Square yard. A new redevelopment project for the campus, created by young people for young people. From which idea you started and how it has developed the project?

We need a premise: “THINK ABOUT IT …Piazza Verdi change “is the title of the project with which we won the competition” Green square Yard “, sponsored by the Culture Area in collaboration with the Quality Department of the city of Bologna and Urban Center Bologna. A project that was born under “Iceberg” project of Common culture for emerging talent in various disciplines of art and creativity. The goal is to perceive the site not as a subject closed, separate, anonymous, but as an opportunity for the future of the area, the square changes in short “skin”. Her Chrysalis will change shape and position as with the advance of summer. For about six months, the shipyard’s cumbersome condition nerà, moulding, geography of one of the liveliest places in town. It is an opportunity for the neighborhood to contemplate his change.

Our proposal is to apply a reflective adhesive layer on the entire outer surface of the panels, making the yard fence in a vast and articulated wall mirror. The modularity of mind, fence panels can be reassembled according to the needs of the various phases of the construction site itself, while those of smaller stages it could serve as a simple furniture elements, integrating the site itself and thus giving rise to an immersive installation the whole square, making a sort of mirror “dresscode” ubiquitous. The tumultuous, vivid and controversial life of the community of via Zamboni will be so for some weeks their reflected image on the Cabinet for a change. And cannot avoid looking at his face, reflecting perhaps on what still might change, possibly better, besides a simple flooring.

Dreams/plans for the future?

Referring to the recent events, it is evident that they prepare to change some aspect of the busiest places in Bologna, and there are those who say the most visited also the infamous piazza maggiore: piazza Verdi, via Petroni, piazza Scaravilli and who knows maybe even dead gardens. Our hope is to return to sociality also forgotten town these spaces and weakened, proposing a participatory path as has already been done to piazza Verdi.

Notes on the project.

In the two areas have been identified: that otherwise connoted by central store mostly open, with new sessions to be carried out at the edges, and a second, near the old city walls and the convent of St. James, to characterize with new green items, for example some trees. The project proposals are subject to dialogue and confrontation with the Soprintendenza Per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici della provincia di Bologna, which assesses the compatibility. The path for the redevelopment of Piazza Verdi is promoted by the municipality of Bologna, coordinated by the Quality Department in collaboration with the city’s Urban Center Bologna. The project is part of the “program of priority actions for the redevelopment of the old town centre of Bologna”. The meetings attended by, among others: Quartiere San Vitale, Università di Bologna, Teatro Comunale, HERA group s.p.a., Unimpresa, Dude Vintage market, Confesercenti, Contrada towers and Water Committee, the stables, the small, divine, Legambiente, WWF Bologna, Piazza Verdi, committees, Bologna Strada Maggiore-via San Vitale, Moline, Trade Union of University Alma Mater, associations other Babel, the garden of Failure, Live via Centotrecento, Scipio Slataper, Candidly, cooperativa la Strada.

Biographical notes

Valentina Cicognani (Forlì, 1978) studied at the University of Ferrara Chalmers Tekniska Högskola and Gothenburg (Sweden). After graduating in 2004 she worked for professional studies in Austria and Italy. Adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of architecture of Ferrara since 2007 and conducts research at the University of Bologna from 2010.

Giacomo Minelli (1983) studied at the Faculty of architecture of Ferrara and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He graduated in 2008 with a degree awarded by special mention Prize in architecture and Sustainability of Florence). It’s teaching assistant at the Faculty of architecture of Ferrara since 2010.

Ricccardo Pedrazzoli (1978) studied at Ferrara and at Göteborg (Chalmers Tekniska Högskola). After graduation in 2004, he collaborated with professional reality in Austria and Italy. Conducts lectures at the Faculty of architecture of Ferrara since 2006 and at the Faculty of civil engineering-architecture of Trento by 2011.

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About Odile Milton

I travel through words whenever possible. Odile Milton is my signature on the web as I wanted an alter ego to indicate only my writings and works, not my personal life. Odile like the dancer in black swan, and Milton from the novel An old-fashioned girl. View all posts by Odile Milton

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