AgRorà – Urban space for opportunities and cultural contamination

 

ATTENTION: THIS PROJECT IS THE RESULT OF A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS BETWEEN CTRL+Z AND DIFFERENT ACTORS. TO UNDERSTAND IT CORRECTLY I INVITE YOU TO KNOW THE OTHER DIRECTLY INVOLVED SUBJECTS: RURAL BOXX (VENEZIA), LAMATRAKA (SEVILLA), D1618 (BUDAPEST).

Participatory Citizen Space

In 2012 we were offered the opportunity to participate in the “Young Architects Program” 2012, we were invited by Rural Boxx, they had been invited by the Maxxi (National Museum of XXI Century Art, Rome). This invitation forced us to think deeply about the city model we would like to propose, therefore of our vision, not only as architects but also as citizens thus constituting a strong stimulation towards experimentation

The socio-cultural laboratory agRorà was conceived from the synergic combination of a physical structure with a cultural program. It mainly aims at opening spaces and offering opportunities to those socio-cultural activities already existing on the territory and which could benefit of educational, promotional and development facilities.

The infrastructure is therefore an instrument of agglutination and unification of these activities. It allows them to develop easily, to increase their impact potential and to expand themselves. It is a common area promoting contemporarily the contact, the synergy, the collaboration and the cultural contamination among different groups aiming at the creation of networks and joint projects.

Within the present economic and social context, to which it corresponds also a specific architectural movement, it seems that the idea of an area reflecting only its own physicality could not be exhaustive anymore. We are perceiving therefore the need of extending the experimentation horizontally towards a social and cultural dimension, of opening it to other professions and to a participative and co-responsible citizenship. An informal community filling of life breath the physical place and endowing it with a continuity transcending the spatial ad time horizons of this initiative.

We are certain about the importance of establishing a synchrony between the physical spaces and the programs hosted within. For this reason it emerges clearly the necessity of guaranteeing the distribution of the available resources, parallel between both the spheres, since they only can be conceived in total symbiosis.

agRorà proposes itself therefore as a cultural place (apolitical, nonreligious, and noncommercial) where the programmed activities, sometimes, give the floor to those activities emerging from the participatory process and from the visibility opportunities which the citizenship is invited to freely benefit of.

agRorà physical spaces will host activities, movements and proposals, even extremely different ones from the others. Sometimes they could seem dissonant, but the vocation of this initiative is exactly that of transforming each activity into an opportunity of contact, collaboration and contamination. The creation of spaces where different realities – that probably couldn’t have found a different place for dialogue and contact – are able to coexist and the establishment of contacts among them shall represent the major achievement of this proposal.

Open participatory cultural projectAn urban laboratory aims at acquiring a role of intermediation for the cohabitation not only of the most variegated cultural expressions, but also of those citizens belonging to different socio-economical ranges and coming from distant urban areas for the creation of some unusual, bizarre and spontaneous associations able to generate difficultly predictable results.

It is a program involving children and housewives, with a special focus on young people and adolescents, aiming at the creation of a place where all activities are thought for stimulating a dialogue which, within the contemporary society, is perceived as slowly being interrupted.

The idea standing at the basis of the agRorà concept is that of keeping the patio of the MAXXI a place where two different realities meet and coexist, look one at the other, touch each other: the area of the museum, with its atmosphere of homogeneous suspension and the city, so real, heterogeneous, chaotic, living and continuously transforming itself.

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