Migrant Garden / Untouchable Landscapes is a world travelling exhibition consisting of 40 birdhouses, designed by 40 selected architects and designers from across the world. The installation is set in the ancient cloister of Caserna della Neve, in Piacenza, a former monastery built in 1390, transformed into a barrack and finally converted into the new Architecture and Engineering Faculty campus of Politecnico di Milano in 1998.
In this evocative space of the 14th century stand the 40 models made by the well-known firms, who where provided by the organizers with two 24x24x24 Acell-Tech moulds from which to build their bird nests. Acell Tech is an innovative material used to produce panels for building and military use.
The exhibition is part of a non-profit project organized by a group of young architects supported and financed by Politecnico di Milano whose proceeds will be donated in charity. Their aim is to promote an architectural culture, attentive to issues of the environment, the landscape and the protection of cultural heritage, drawing attention to the forced migration of the birds of the Pinedo islands.
Another aim of the exhibition is to stimulate a debate among the same architectural firms, investigating which are the connection or severance elements between generations , different formations, geographical origins and how those differences can influence the design approach. If, therefore, still makes sense to speak of “architectural manifesto” in a globalized cultural scene.
The 40 models will be exhibited in the cloister, offering a plurality of perspectives -from the ground floor, where the interior garden is located, through it porches, up to the first floor, from where a privileged view of the whole exhibition is offered to the visitor. After the inauguration at the Politecnico di Milano campus, the installation will be transferred to Piacenza’s Natural History Museum, where it will remain open until the 31st of July.
The architects and designers present in the exhibition are A12, Altiplano, Amunt, Anna Barbara, Atelier Branco, Atelier Fala, Beniamino Servino, Building Building, Bureau A, Camilo Rebelo, Cini Boeri, Eduardo Castillo, Emilio Marin, Fabio Alessandro Fusco, Filippo Orsini, Forma Fantasma, Fosbury Architecture, Francesco Librizzi, Go Hasegawa, Gonzalo Del Val, Italo Rota, Juan Carlos DallʼAsta, Luca Molinari, Marcio Kogan, Matilde Cassani , Michele De Lucchi, Miniatura, Mobo Architects, Mvrdv, Netwerch A.D.G., Nieto Sobejano, Perry Kulper, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Franco Purini, Point Supreme, Rudy Ricciotti, Sergio Crotti, Laura Thermes, Tsuneyama + Nousaku, Unulaunu.
The installation opened on the 19th of June 2015, along with a series of conferences entitled “Architecture Zoo“, given with the participation of several guests: Fala Atelier (Portugal), Bureau A (Switzerland), Fosbury Architecture (Italy) and Daniel Tudor Munteanu, curator of the blog Of Houses. After the inauguration at the Politecnico di Milano campus, the installation will be transferred to Piacenza’s Natural History Museum, where it will remain open until the 31st of July.
Migrant Garden Untouchable Landscapes
19th June 2015 / 31st July 2015
Natural History Museum of Piacenza
via Giovanni Battista Scalabrini 107
Information on the installation, photographs and drawings are courtesy of Migrant Garden