Progetto Flaminio. The City of Science

Entry for the International Design Competition Progetto Flaminio . With Francesco Cellini, Laura Puja, Giacomo Sponzilli, Federico Perugini, Eugenia Buffo.

This project is garden protected by a wall of dwellings and activities.
The garden is a common good that overcomes the dichotomies between public-private, the logic of property and the public management of resources. The garden is a principle of development for the city, providing the space for material and immaterial resources necessary to life such as water and air, knowledge, art and traditions; collective institutions as education and health systems: a shared background where everybody could simply perform themselves.
A common good is based upon use rather than property: namely the activities enriching its ground, the differences composing its movements as well as the efforts to constitute its form. The notion of use implies a duration and a development that are immediately related to the involved subjects. Use is a strictly personal parameter, exceeding the categories of property: whatever act of use is essentially not-appropriable, implying always the construction of the self and a dynamic relation with other people, with objects and the surrounding environment.
Use enriches and reinforces connections, increases self-awareness and produces knowledge. Drawing from the use of the city of science, the project proposes a garden as initiatory moment for inhabiting, cultivating and protecting a territory, as celebratory space for the research about life and its biological processes. The City of Science is juxtaposed to the inhabitable circus and the garden as in old times Palazzo Medici by Giuliano da Sangallo was juxtaposed to the Domitian Stadium; Bramante’s Belvedere to the Pope’s residence; the Palatine palace to the Circus Maximus; or the Abbas’ Mosque to the square of Isfahan.