“Flying on Megalopolis. Napoli Città Metropolitana” utopic visions of Naples

The exhibition, in collaboration with the Provincial Order of Architects, aims to build an iconography of the metropolitan city of Naples through the modern history of its growth and its urban transformation. The eleven architects who participate were asked to formulate utopian visions for the city of Naples.

 

Francesco Vozza, Nuove piazze © Francesco Vozza

Francesco Vozza, Nuove piazze © Francesco Vozza

 

The exhibition is part of the schedule of the event “Illuminiamo i monumenti dentro e fuori” (“Lighting the monuments inside and out”), promoted by the city of Naples. The exhibition aims to show the possibilities of utopia in the  Naples Metropolitan Area.


 

Practical information

“Flying on Megalopolis. Napoli Città Metropolitana “
October 29, 2015 – January 7, 2016
Curated by Cherubino Gambardella
Main cloister of the monumental complex of Santa Maria la Nova
Piazza Santa Maria Nova 44
Naples, Italy

 


“Utopia – says the curator, Cherubino Gambardella – is not something completely detached from reality, often the reality absorbs parts of utopia”. Therefore, the eleven architects who participate were asked to formulate utopian visions for the city of Naples. Each of these visions is available in two ways: one-dimensional -the drawings- and two-dimensional, through  explanatory models in the form of bas-reliefs.

 

Concetta Tavoletta, L’industria - valorizzare la forma di macchine espressive © Concetta Tavoletta

Concetta Tavoletta, L’industria – valorizzare la forma di macchine espressive © Concetta Tavoletta

Michele Capozzi. Tavola © Michele Capozzi

Michele Capozzi. Tavola © Michele Capozzi

 

The eleven imaginative projects are held together by a temporary structure in gilded wood, which -as an eighteenth century car- is integrated in the cloister of Santa Maria la Nova, bringing together and harmonizing the eleven parts of the story. Eleven “postcards” – defines Gambardella – sent from an imaginary place, that are also “a wish – he said – that these utopias become reality one day, as sometimes even unexpectedly, happens.”

The exhibition, in collaboration with the Provincial Order of Architects, aims to build an iconography of the metropolitan city of Naples through the modern history of its growth and its urban transformation. A story that appears dual: to every social, economic and environmental event that helps to build an image of the city, corresponds a number of accidental conditions that, in the end, draw the face of a city suspended in a permanent state of unfinished modernity.

 

Cherubino Gambardella, dieci cartoline © Cherubino Gambardella

Cherubino Gambardella, dieci cartoline © Cherubino Gambardella

 

The strategic role and the great potential related to Naples’s function of “port of the Mediterranean” have greatly amplified the ravages of World War II. Yet, being among the most bombed cities of Italy, it will be one of the first European cities to rise up against the Nazi occupation. To Naples Metropolitan City’s largest population density of 2606 inhabitants / km² corresponds one of the highest densities of monumental and cultural heritage around the world: religious complexes, churches, royal residences, palaces, monuments, castles, military architecture, archaeological remains , ancient villages, town centers, parks, landscape heritage and identity.

 

Maria Gelvi, La casa - dalla villettopoli semiabusiva al condominio speculativo. Migliorare il presente © Maria Gelvi

Maria Gelvi, La casa – dalla villettopoli semiabusiva al condominio speculativo. Migliorare il presente © Maria Gelvi

 

Carmine Piscopo, Densità e pause tra i tessuti edilizi. Il ruolo delle infrastrutture © Carmine Piscopo

Carmine Piscopo, Densità e pause tra i tessuti edilizi. Il ruolo delle infrastrutture © Carmine Piscopo

Lorenzo Capobianco. Hilberseimer © Lorenzo Capobianco

Lorenzo Capobianco. Hilberseimer © Lorenzo Capobianco

 

This undeniable unique condition, as a sort of contninuous monument, alive and inhabited , was  also recognized by UNESCO, whichrecognized the entire historic center of Naples as World Heritage. In the subjective space that measures the distance between residence and work the metropolitan city challenges us today about the nature of its identity. The aim of the exhibition will be to encourage a collective reflection  on the meaning of the Metropolitan City and possible strategies to identify and value the different souls of the same koinè.

Alessandro Marotti Sciarra, Rosalba Di Maio, Il turismo senza mare una nuova campagna © Alessandro Marotti Sciarra, Rosalba Di Maio

Alessandro Marotti Sciarra, Rosalba Di Maio, Il turismo senza mare una nuova campagna © Alessandro Marotti Sciarra, Rosalba Di Maio

Alfonso Mattia Berritto Pasquale Bianco Raffaele Coppola_Tavola © the authors

Alfonso Mattia Berritto Pasquale Bianco Raffaele Coppola_Tavola © the authors

Corrado Di Domenico, Suolo e paesaggio vegetale. Il disegno e la valorizzazione ©

Corrado Di Domenico, Suolo e paesaggio vegetale. Il disegno e la valorizzazione © Corrado di Domenico


 

 

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