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Weak strategy for in-formality

Weak strategy for in-formality

Autori Benzi Andrea
Editore Maggioli Editore
Formato Cartaceo
Dimensione 16x22
Pagine 222
Pubblicazione Luglio 2014 (1 Edizione)
ISBN / EAN 8891604291 / 9788891604293
Collana Politecnica

Infrafree and ecological patterns.
Rio De Janeiro Case

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Dealing with informality means dealing with spatial and morphological situations, with conditions and dynamics that are di°erent from the ones existing in a "top-down" designed area. The informal is a wide multifaceted chapter engaging a great variety of ÿelds. As an architecture scholar, I expanded my research ÿrstly at urban level, then at the architectural, ecological and energy level. I also considered necessary to frame the issue from the socio-statistical, historic and referential point of view, through a general outline of the situation. Studying and interve-ning in the existing relations of a "bottom up" dimension show a dynamic process, an ever-changing endogenous mechanism. To deal with informality does not mean to work in the absence of regulations, rather it means to keep facing standards di°erent to the ones of formal cities, which represent examples of our Euro-pean culture. The word "weak", should not be understood as fragility, rather as lightness, ˛.exibility, as an agent likely to adjust to changes, but still capable to stay solid and connected in its own structure.
0-nCollection of Master Thesis of Politecnico di Milano within the Theory of WeaknessDirector and Coordinator: Elisa C. Cattaneo
"0-n" is a collection of master thesis which I oversaw as supervisor at Politecnico di Milano. These books are a platform of heterogeneity, which ÿnd their common ÿeld in the theory of weakness, as imperfect and manifold way of knowledge. The aim is to experience an alternative method for contemporary spaces, able to regenerate the stabilized ideas of design. They are more experimental and vital texts/tests than veriÿcation procedures: this attitude brings them away from a strictly educational approach. They can be read according to two levels of meaning: in their speciÿc contexts and as open platforms for contemporary researches. Almost all of them are focused on processual values and on project transdisciplinary, in order to promote a cognitive space before a real one. I provided the students with fews thematic lines (a sense of short-circuit, trial, process of meaning), which were underlining an interpretation of knowledge in a horizontal sense, as Gilles Deleuze had deÿned.These topics have been independently developed by the candidates, so that they can be considered as authors of a new idea. I instructed this learning and researching method, because I belive that the secret of an e°ective education in to coinvince each student to be able to build his own vision of the world, without stereotyped positions.I am ÿnalising the object of education in the freedom of intelligence, and not in the rules of disciplines, by broading the students' needs and points of view. To cross the world in new expanded geographical horizons.Elisa C. Cattaneo
Elisa C. Cattaneo Andrea Benzi Andrea Benzi,teaching Assistant and Lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano, where he graduated in Architecture with the thesis Weak strategy for In-formality. He lived one year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he studied and worked in favelas contexts. His research is focused on the development of informal cases as paradigm of contemporary cities.
Lorenzo Degli Esposti Lorenzo Degli Esposti holds a degree in Architecture and a Phd in Architectural and Urban Design from the Politecnico di Milano, where he is now adjunct professor of Landscape and Infrastructure Architecture and coordinator of the intensive international course Athens Poli9 - The Art of Building Cities. In 2009 he founds, and has been directing from then on, the independent and not-for-proÿt research agency Architectural & Urban Forum - AUFO - whose aim is the development of studies, research and projects on the contemporary city. With Paolo Lazza, he is principal of Degli Esposti Architetti, from 2011 on within the top 100 Italian ÿrms considering their annual income.

Paola CaputoPaola Caputo, engineer for the environment and the territory with a doctorate in energy, is a researcher role at the Polytechnic of Milan, in the scientific field of environmental technical physics. She lectures and research on the issues of energy efficiency, integration and optimization of renewable energy systems at the scale of building, district and city. She has participated in numerous research projects publishing the results in various scientific fields.Graham Foundation Grant Recipient in 2014, sheis adjunct professor in landscape design at the Politecnico di Milano. She researches on experimen-tal ecological design and their theoretical implications. After receiving her degree in architecture, she attended a master program in strategic planning for architectural, urban, and environmental resources. in 2009, she received her PhD in architectural and urban design. She continued to develop her research interests as a visiting scholar at MIT (2010) and at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (2011-12). She is founder and director of the independent research agency WeakCircus, through which she studies, researches, and develops projects on contemporary urbanism related to the theory of weakness.

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