To mark Design Week 2018, BASE Milano – one of Europe’s most important regeneration projects – is offering a critical exploration of city making and new forms of urban transformation.
Everything kicks off with Trouble Making. Who’s making the city?, an exhibition commissioned by BASE and curated by Raumplan about mass phenomena and the virtual networks which are changing the face of our cities
Terms like “smart city”, “city making”, “bottom up” production and “sharing economy” are ever-present in today’s ongoing debate about the urban realm. And yet their definition, conditions and consequences tend for the main part to remain sub-textual and are only occasionally dealt with head on. In a time when the discipline of city planning is increasingly beleaguered, who are the players and what are the processes that really “make a city”?
Calibro, Donato Ricci and Òbelo analyse photos of Airbnb accommodation, pinpointing the cornerstones of a conforming aesthetic which characterises the interiors of the houses and rooms available for rent on the platform. The landlords employ a formula for the arrangement and combination of ornaments and furnishings to build and then sell on an experience of standardised domestic intimacy that appears to exert a decisive influence over the appeal and profitability of their properties.
Delfino Sisto Legnani’s photos feature certain devices, such as Amazon buttons, remote controlled smart locks for parcel delivery, or automatic vacuum cleaners which keep a record of spatial information and details of private habits, which are breaking down the barrier between the internal and external, between commercial space and that of private life.
Louis De Belle and Giacomo Traldi’s film documents the routes tourist buses chart around cities. Engines, tyres, livery, drivers, and weary passengers are the main characters in a visual tale that calls into question the city experience promoted by modern mass tourism. Louis Be Belle also presents a photographic investigation into food delivery couriers, created together with Nicolò Ornaghi. The images direct our gaze to the more material, concrete aspects of the work, imposed by virtual and financial requirements
Giga Design Studio and Superinternet’s offering is a look at the consequences the traffic of information online has on the urban realm: viral marketing, fake news, citizen journalism, the sharing of content and do-it-yourself publicity on social media are influencing the ways in which cities are shaped and present themselves, even according to potentially warping dynamics.
The exhibition closes with an Ayr sculpture which incorporates one of Achille Castiglioni’s most famous products.
Tuesday april 17th, from 9pm to 1pm: Design Week opening party with Terraferma _ Trouble Makers.
Raumplan is a studio for interdisciplinary practice in the architecture and design fields founded by Pietro Bonomi, Gabriele Donini, Nicolò Ornaghi and Giacomo Scandolara, joined in 2015 by Andrea De Nicola, Matteo Maggi, Giacomo Viviani and Francesco Zorzi. During previous Milano Design Weeks, Raumplan brought us the exhibitions Failures (2016) and Capitalism is over (2017). www.raumplan.info
DONTSTOP architettura is an architecture studio founded by Michele Brunello and Marco Brega in 2011 in Milan. Thanks to input from an international team of architects, designers, urbanists and an extended network of collaborators, DONTSTOP architettura produces cultural and technical contents relating to space, providing the key to understanding any project along with the tools to tackle it. www.dontstopper.it
INFORMAZIONI BASE Milano
Press preview: monday, 16th april from 3pm
Trouble Making. Who’s making the city?: april 17th – may 1st 2018, from 10am to 20pm
Terraforma opening party: april 17th, from 9pm to 1pm
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Martedì 17 aprile
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