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The area so-called “Pigneto”, born at the end of 19th century as a series of shacks inhabited by people emigrated to Rome from central Italy, represents nowadays one of the most important multicultural district of Rome; a neighbourhood where different cultures and ethnic groups live and breathe the same air.


Well known by popular culture, in the second half of the 20th century it has become a film set for many directors, starting with Pier Paolo Pasolini, who, incidentally, lived there.


Pasolini, one of the most famous Italian director, decided to shoot the movie "L'accattone" through the streets of this quarter; this movie consecrated him as an artist of international renown. In the movie he shows the true identity of Pigneto, which has remained more or less intact till today.
Chosen also as a seat of several cultural events, Pigneto represents beyond the shadow of a doubt a place of strong interest and influence for many young artists.

This project aims to create small temporary libraries through Pigneto's streets. Each library has an own identity, who reflects tastes and passions of the student - of the faculty of Architecture of the University “La Sapienza” - who design and has realized it.



My Library: The goal of my project is to create a small space in which people can find some relax, reading a book and enjoying themselves. Drawing the attention on the concept of “making culture available to everyone at any time”, I intend offer people the chance to stop for a while and read a book for free even during a simple walk through the quarter, even during night hours.
To make this possible I conceived a bottom-up approach, in which books are offered by people, who are involved in a process of sharing and loaning books, cultures, experiences.


From a technical point of view, the library I designed preserves the natural identity of the quarter, with the use of poor materials as wood and recycled paper. The walls are decorated with street art paintings, realized by young artists.
The entire structure is conceived as a big book virtually opened to citizens which can find it just walking down the streets of Pigneto. Indeed, the structure is composed by two closed parts, representing a reminiscence of an open book, and of two glass walls.


The binding of this imaginary book becomes a container in which it is possible to collect old glass bottles, reused as lamps.


Keywords of this work are "Recycling" and "Pigneto's culture".


The book is conceived as "the book of recycling": everything is contained in it is made with recyclable and recycled materials (i.e. ...................)
The space inside is purposely very simple, formed by furniture made with simple ordinary objects, taken from markets, and directly from the urban landscape; the goal is to provide an architecture that mirrors and reflects Pigneto's identity.


The interiors are oganized around a dais at the center used as a seat, and around which there are some shelves that become an allegory of the "text" of the pages of this imaginary book, the book of the Culture.


The energy required to enlighten the interiors, even during the night, is produced by two photovoltaic panels placed above the structure.
The concept is based on an eco-friendly architecture. The drawing section shows the concept of the "book", too.
The two closed walls outside are decorated with street art works and they depict relevant characters of the culture of this area, as Pasolini and Anna Magnani.
These works are realized by Lex & Sten, who are two young roman artists become famous for having created lots of murals in some of the most important districts of the city, such as San Lorenzo, Monti, Colle Oppio.


 

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    The area so-called “Pigneto”, born at the end of 19th century as a series of shacks inhabited by people emigrated to Rome from central Italy, represents nowadays one of the most important multicultural district of Rome; a neighbourhood where different cultures and ethnic groups live and breathe the same air. Well known by popular culture, in the second half of the 20th century it has become a film set for many directors, starting with Pier Paolo Pasolini, who,...

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    • Status Unrealised proposals
    • Type Adaptive reuse of industrial sites / Libraries / Leisure Centres / Exhibitions /Installations / Urban Renewal / Book shops
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