Guest, habitus, landmark, set.

Ariela Rivetta


The new season of Arc, opens with a renewed desire to debate and discuss the matters affecting the city today, and it opens itself to a wider audience.

In the short span of a decade, the period that separates us from the last release of Arc. Rassegna dei dottorati italiani di ricerca in composizione e progettazione architettonica e urbana, we have witnessed new changes around the urban subject and we have learned about new studies of the city.
In the field of Italian architecture, where the question of the legacy of the masters remains unanswered, there is new research in the areas of sustainability and the environment.

The Planning Act of 1942, which is the expression of a complex debate that dates back to the previous two decades, has recently been reviewed by regional laws, addressing the issue of the government of the territory …

In this articulated framework it seemed important to give a voice to those working in the different fields of architecture that think it is important to build an interaction and a comparison of the issue of dimension and scale of the global city in which we live.

The space given to the main theme is represented by four sections – urban design – architectural and engineer design – interior design and visual art – virtual design.

The proposed areas of investigation will be presented in the pages of comments and openings, and will be re-viewed from time to time in the space-lab forum.

From an initial comparison, some key words stand out – habitus, landmark, set, guest – these refer to different perspectives of the city and the measure of its formation, and also to the idea of a new global citizenship, where architecture and different scales, can offer the conditions of a symbolic union.

In this sense Lorenzo Degli Esposti sees the metropolis as a meeting/union place “between present and absent guests” and Andrea Vercellotti deals with the theme of the local habitus of urban interiors as an expression and construction of the community identity. The research proposal by Matteo Fraschini moves in the same direction. From his thoughts on urban scale and the construction of the architectural element – landmark and park with a theme -he introduces issues related to the stratification of the land, the construction of sets of scenes, the issue of recognition and the relationship between practice, procedure and artistic rule. The procedure of drawings as a series of sequences, is outlined in the virtual design section, edited by Giuseppe Boi and Roberto Podda. This opens up questions about the possibility of using images to develop new and more specific contents in a continuous movement between the operational component and the reflexive component.

The four sections, therefore, raise questions that can be answered in the new release of ArcDueCittà.