Workshop MIAW 2015
A Play of Voids
Politecnico di Milano
23/02 > 26/03/2015
Director: Carlos A. Wandosell
Tutors: Alice Buoli, Francesca Zanotto
Students: Fabiola Caffi, Abhay Kaushik, Ilgaz Kayaalp, Camilla Marini, Aamir Ahmed Patel
ExCA focused on the Ex Cinema Adriano, a whole/hole into the city of Milano that recalls its former nature: a movie theatre, a place which made a show of the close relationship between light and time. Cinema Adriano is today an enclosed space where it’s possible to create ideal conditions, putting in practice a determinate number of rules created in order to transform the peripheral conditions of the neighbourhood and its inhabitants.
Throughout the first week, students focused on the Cinema Adriano in its relationship with the city: working on geospatial and social processes, rewriting them in light of historical and contemporary forms of cartographic representation, drawing in layers and from different points of view and scales.
They focused not only on the architectural objects, but also on phenomenological situations as sounds, smells, views. The aim of this first term was the production of an atlas, which could trace the geographies of the cinema including the geomorphological features as well as the social ones.
During the second phase, each student was required to do deep social analysis, in order to establish a Rules Set: this tool will allow to de ne the program of uses, desires, needs, by analysing the relationship between the rituals of daily life in the neighbourhood, their timing and the space in which these rituals occur. Once the program is de ned, so are the rules of the game: students will have maps, plans of the uses, desires and needs of the building. At this point, the design process will proceed through a subtraction intervention over the different layers of the cinema: a kind of cleaning methodology over the old building.
MIAW 2015 blog: http://www.miaw.polimi.it/category/miaw2015/
Cover image: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cinerama dome Hollywood, 1993