Il diritto all’architettura come “ricerca paziente”

Forme del dissenso, pratiche di rivendicazione dello spazio e potere del progetto

  • Nicola Marzot Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Dipartimento di Architettura
Keywords: architecture, design, power, planning, crisis


According to the author, architecture draws its primacy from being the foundation act of any human expression, the latter then becoming an interpretation of the former. The same concept of the human being, assumed as the carrier of any rational capacity, is not conceivable independently from a spatial relation with its living environment. In this essay, augments supporting the main thesis are deducted negatively, tracing back the most significant phases of the so-called “project of crisis” prompted by Modernity. This is described as a modality of thinking, which is completely de-territorialized. The main aim is therefore to show its aporias. Modernity, in order to free itself from the existing power relation system, assumes the “indeterminate” as its promised land to colonize and inhabit, thus performing a process of “heterogenesis of ends”. As a main consequence, architecture was doomed to become nothing more than a derivative of Planning, where the latter was assumed as the technical device to manage the anarchy of the former, as the paradoxical consequence of a rationality liberated from any form of spatial constraint. The crisis of this modality of thinking, accelerated by the financial capitalism’s failure, offers the chance to rescue back the original primacy of architecture, popping up a new possible epoch.

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