The new millennium, which began with the cultural crisis of the West triggered by September 11, 2001, has continued with the 2007-2008 economic crisis, the pandemic crisis of the past few years, the energy and geopolitical crisis of today, and the ecological crisis of tomorrow. The scarcity of resources in a context of permanent crisis is not only an opportunity but also the only direction in which it makes sense to practice. In our view, there is a generation that has already accepted the challenge and is trying every day to develop antibodies to disillusionment. Spaziale invites these practitioners to recognize themselves as a “movement” at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The title refers to an expanded notion of the discipline that sees the built artifact not as an ultimate goal but as one of the possible tools for intervening in the fabric of relationships between people and places underlying every project. Nine practices were invited to collaborate with nine advisors – from other fields of creativity – in nine Italian territories representative of conditions of fragility or transformation, with the support of as many local interlocutors already involved in collaborative projects with these practices and advisors. Each intervention represents a chapter in an incomplete agenda of urgent research themes for the national context and for architecture: open questions, traceable to the scenario of transition – not only ecological – that we are facing in these years. Acknowledging that the role of curators includes a necessarily ethical dimension, we have decided to use this opportunity to trigger actions beyond the event's six-month duration. To extend the temporal horizon and convert resource consumption into an investment, the exhibition has been divided into three moments. The first was Spaziale presenta: the observatory that monitored the activation of the site-specific interventions. The second is Spaziale: Everyone belongs to everyone else: embodying, in the Tese delle Vergini, the formal and theoretical synthesis of processes triggered elsewhere. The third is Spaziale: an archive that will document local activities, the official public program at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, and then become a permanent platform. In parallel with the program's expansion, the decision was made to undertake a contraction of the exhibition installation and a transfer of resources. For the first time, and thanks to the support of the General Directorate of Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition plays an active role in the production of pioneering projects, allowing us to say that, in Venice, the Italian Pavilion may be shrinking, but it is expanding throughout the country. The exhibition combines the nine projects in a unified narrative that compares images of local experiences, showcasing their places and actors, with the installations devised by the practitioners ideally arranged along a route that re-proposes a stylized outline of the Italian peninsula. We hope this collective and shared dimension of design will be the beginning of a widespread laboratory that endeavors to strengthen the sense of global community in which we find ourselves operating; aware that individual actions always involve social reactions – because we are all inextricably interconnected – and in the hope that the future will be a space in which Everyone belongs to everyone else.
Spaziale. Everyone Belongs to Everyone Else is the title of the Italian Pavilion at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture and curated by Fosbury Architecture.
The project has been structured in two successive phases, the first setting up the second: Spaziale presenta, from January to April 2023, in the period leading up to the opening of the 2023 Architecture Biennale, will see the activating of nine site-specific interventions in as many selected locations throughout Italy. A website and Instagram account, launched in January 2023, chronicled the work in progress of Spaziale presenta and the activating of the nine interventions.
The publication Spaziale. Ognuno appartiene a tutti gli altri collects the voices of all the protagonists involved in the Italian Pavilion at the 18th. International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Nine practices of young architects, in collaboration with advisors from other fields of creative industries, were invited to develop pioneering actions in as many places in Italy. The outcomes, simultaneously presented in Venice and disseminated throughout the country, address an agenda of pressing issues for architecture: open questions about contemporaneity, ascribable to the transitional scenario - not only ecological - of our time; Within the volume, interviews among the working groups and curators delve into design approaches; photo essays guide the discovery of intervention sites; contributions from incubators reveal the aspirations and contingencies of local communities; in closing, four in-depth texts-edited by Mirko Zardini, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, dpr-barcelona and Nina Bassoli-frame the Pavilion project within a broader disciplinary horizon.
The publication is made possible thanks to the support of the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture and the 18. International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.
2023 | Come è bello far l’amore | Venice, IT
Location: Venice, ITA
Event: 18. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia
Period: 20 May
26 November 2023
Program: visual display
Authors: Alterazioni Video, Fantamagico, Fosbury Architecture
In collaboration with: Diego Pascal Panarello
Producer: Simona Ghinassi
Come è bello far l’amore da Trieste in giù is a generative video installation that captures and displays phrases, moments, and snapshots related to the experiences of the nine collaborative projects initiated by Spaziale. Everyone belongs to everyone else. In the preparatory segment of the exhibition, Alterazioni Video visited the nine Stations, documenting each of the open work sites. Afterwards, with Fantamagico, the recordings were processed through a generative algorithm so that the glimpses and perspectives captured would echo each other, reconstructing a unified narrative. The voices of the interviewed designers become the thematic engine driving the appearance of the images in a continuous, nonlinear processing where places, authors, and communities merge to form a whole.
Like an operating system managing activities in the background, the spatial product of infrastructure has proliferated seamlessly on a global scale, becoming the most relevant form of urbanity of our time.
Borderlands aesthetically examines the material imprint of the body of public works built by Webuild from 1920 to the present. To this end, photographs and film footage from the archives of the Italian multinational are rigorously compared with a series of snapshots taken from the Google Street View digital navigation service. Borderlands is the visual distillation of miles of black asphalt, turquoise mirrors of still water, familiar confetti of brightly colored boxes, dunes of fill sand and acres of green forest. A dense matrix of repeatable details and formula imprint themselves on our retina, leaving the afterimage of these nondescript places that oscillate between visibility and invisibility, identity and anonymity, strategic withdrawal and daring ambition.
In the Syracusan countryside, in deliberate contrast with the venue, yet in dialogue with the sound system, arose an apparently monolithic and massive cube. Made of a lightweight, standardized steel structure: extremely economical, quick to assemble, and convenient to store, the DJ booth consisted of a kinetic box transforming during the event. A cage of light, completely covered in a reflective cloth during the night hours, progressively unveiled the stage from sunrise onwards. The project sought a synthesis between apparently opposed conditions, such as temporality and monumentality, simplicity and exuberance.
Within the framework of the MDW22, commissioned by Flos in their temporary premises in Spazio Orobia, the workshop involved the students of Domus Academy assembled spaces conceived for different contemporary attitudes related to dwelling. Starting from different furniture, including FLOS lamps, students proposed setups showcased afterward in the FLOS
2022 | Dropcity | Milan, IT
Location: Centre for Architecture and Design, Milan, ITA
Event: Milan Design Week
Period: May 2022
Program: set design
By creating a performative topography, the plateau intended to offer an unconventional consultation space for Quodlibet’s temporary shop. Playing with the module of a 50x25x20 cm perforated concrete block defined elements with their own character and variable heights
serving as displays for books as well as seating for visitors.
Starting as research for alternative models of interiors that could serve as an antidote to the commodification of the domestic, “Environments of Resistance for Social Individuals” is an ongoing project began in 2017. It investigates those spaces, in-between architecture and
furniture, designed to accommodate idiosyncratic characters. The installation is conceived as an interior in 1:1, composed of a series of volumes that interpret the most conventional domestic habits –such as sleeping, gathering, relaxing, etc.– These volumes serve as exhibiting support as well as a physical materialization of a peculiar way to
perform the aforementioned actions. The space is devised as a mono-material interior clad in carpet, assumed as the epitome of
comfort and domesticity. One unique immersive environment will enable a wide range of informal occupations in the exhibiting space. The exhibited pieces are a series of short films, each representing the story of a fictional character.
Strongly supported by the Comune di Prato and Fondazione per le Arti Contemporanee in Toscana, the Urban Center is a permanent laboratory, an observatory on urban transformations, a space for immersive installations, a theater, a playground to raise awareness of sustainability, a platform for multimedia content, a showcase for the city and much more: a living place for
cultural debate with exhibitions but also events, conferences and webinars. For the opening, Fosbury Architecture curated the first temporary exhibition "Osservatorio Prato 2050" dedicated to the projects active in the city of Prato and to the local and international
networks that each of them activates.
2021 | Possibility of an Island | Chianti, IT
Location: Castellina in Chianti, ITA Event: AA Visiting School 2021 Organizers: Sofia Pia Belenki, Margherita Marri, Luigi Savio Period: July 2021 Program: education / workshop Students: Alessandro Celli, Martina Marchesi, Luca Monaco.
The Last Human on Earth is a short film that stages the final hours of the last of our species. Avoiding any apocalyptic visual temptation, the storyline dissects a relatively short timeframe in which the protagonist abandons civilisation and dives into a natural environment establishing a conflicting relationship with other species: a means to challenge anthropocentrism, to question
the relationship between human and artificial intelligence, and to imagine which natural species could be next dominant on a global scale.
In a pervasively commodified society, the boundary between public and private dissolves until it disintegrates. Environments of Resistance for Social Individuals is an incremental archive of authentically private spaces. While the home increasingly becomes a place of work and a
means of subsistence, domesticity invades every field of human activity, with commercial spaces that simulate living rooms, offices such as game rooms and restaurants such as kitchens. The sharing economy has converted intimacy into a commodity, forcing large sections of society to give up part of it, taking refuge in the little space left. The functional division of the house thus appears obsolete, unable to accommodate the fluidity of contemporary work. The
Host Will Let You In Soon explores the use of the interior space, hosting new forms of contemporary work and entertainment.
2020 | Possibility of an Island | Chianti, IT
Location: Castellina in Chianti, ITA Event: AA Visiting School 2020 Organizers: Sofia Pia Belenki, Margherita Marri, Luigi Savio
– July 2020 Program: education/workshop Students: Guglielmo Giomi, Lucile Una, Dario Argenti
The project On n’échappe pas à la machine examines the consequences of a tactical retreat from society as a medium to disentangle the impact of the societal changes imposed by the ongoing global pandemic in the aftermath of the lockdown imposed by the Italian state in the last three months. Reasoning on the possibility of a community freed by regulations and surveillance and inspired by the almost
legendary experiences of self-proclaimed micronations, the project consists in a collaborative installation and performance that celebrates the act of appropriation of landscape as a
The intention of the Urban Center was to host a series of public events organized by the City of Milan with a program dedicated to some of the key themes of city development envisioned in the Milan 2030 plan, such as urban forestation, rehabilitation of public housing stock, regeneration of squares and enhancement of neighborhoods. Also to promote research and
study paths on the transformations of Milan and other cities in the world
An experimental and innovative project, the result of intense team work by the Municipality of Prato's Planning Office which boasts of valuable contributions from international experts such as the architect Stefano Boeri and the scientist Stefano Mancuso, to mention just a few. The exhibition design presented heterogeneous materials such as drawings, maps, design documents, historical photos and video through a scaffolding system conceived as a scenic
2018 | Incompiuto | Milan, IT
Co-editor: Alterazioni Video
Publisher: Humboldt Books
Graphic design: Julia
INCOMPIUTO: The Birth of a Style is the first and only study – the result of ten years of fieldwork – of a phenomenon frequently discussed in our country and yet still not fully acknowledged: the nationwide presence of buildings and infrastructures of which the
implementation has never been completed. The scope of this phenomenon, its spread across
the territory and its incredible architectural peculiarities together make the Incompiuto the most
prominent Italian architectural style since WWII.
2017 | J’ai pris amour | Chicago, US
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, US Event: Chicago Architecture Biennale – Make New History Period: September 16, 2017
January 7, 2018 Program: installation Collaborators: Matteo Bassi , Matteo Frangi
J’ai pris amour was a project by Fosbury Architecture, the youngest group participating at “Make New History,” an exhibition curated by Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee for the second Chicago Architecture Biennale. The installation investigated the disrupting effects of productive leisure on the space of the home. While domesticity permeates every human activity, work invades all the aspect of everyday life, blurring the boundaries between private and public. The figure of the video-blogger is probably the one that best embodies this brand new condition: the youtubers are immaterial workers making profits by broadcasting their personal life from the intimate space of the home. They represent the tangible transfiguration of the general intellect in the late capitalism of the XXI century.
The wallpaper, cladding an entire room of the Chicago Cultural Center, is printed on 2 cm honeycomb cardboard and consists in seven perspective views combined in a unique drawing that refresh and manipulate the symbolic apparatus of the Studiolo. J’ai pris amour is the title of a famous renaissance song, whose score decorates the wooden inlays on the northern façade of the masterpiece in Urbino.
2016 | The Labyrinth | Villa Arconati, IT
Location: Villa Arconati, Milan, ITA
Event: Terraforma Festival
Video: Achille Mauri
Music: Andrea La Pietra
Supporter: Borotalco Italia
According to an operation of reclamation and redevelopment of the garden as an architectural park, as well as following the traces provided by the plan of Marc'Antonio Dal Re, it was decided to restore the labyrinth as it was and where it was. The maze, with a circular plan, has a diameter of 36 meters, a total of about 1000 square meters, and is organized on four axes and
five concentric orders. Due to economic, logistical, and ecological necessities, the labyrinth was conceived as being built in 3 steps lasting one year. The compositional choice of the progresses aimed to achieve an accomplished and self-coherent architectural effect each year: the Hortus
Conclusus (or walled garden), the enfilade, and the labyrinth.
2016 | M.U.R.O | Venice, IT
Location: La Biennale di Venezia 2016, Venice, ITA Event:
Up! Marghera on Stage, Padiglione Venezia Year: 2016 Collaborators: Giacomo Nava
There are places that man has exploited to the point of rendering them inhospitable territories. Anecumenical places and peripheral spaces where the project is driven not by desire but by the absence of resistance and where the human presence is not only superfluous but alien. Porto Marghera is a space governed by machines whose ever-growing autonomy, combined with the gradual deterioration of the production plants, led to a progressive and irreversible depopulation of the area. Porto Marghera tells the story of all those landscapes that are sacrificed on the altar of progress because other landscapes can shine with their beauty and boast of their uncontaminated purity.
2015 | Europan 13 | Leeuwarden, NL
Leeuwarden, Netherlands, NL
Event: EUROPAN 13 Award: Competition 1st Prize
Leeuwarden is a beautiful city which doesn’t need anything else than the definition of an approach able to combine the promotion of the city center and the involvement of the citizens into this process. Through a careful investigation of the current living condition, this project proposes a bottom-up strategy which, starting from the problems related to the depopulation
process of the center, will be able to reactivate the urban core. Only reviving the center, the shops will have a market, the services will have users, the tourists a context to visit.
2014 | RROARK! | Milan, IT
Location: Milan, ITA
Program: free-press fanzine
Period: October 2014
RROARK! has been an independent and free publication edited and produced by Fosbury Architecture, published by Mr Poli Kebab in 25000 paper copies. RROARK! investigated the contemporary condition of young workers in the field of architecture in order to encourage the
debate around it.
Rroark! #01 - Bildungsroman
Rroark! #02 - Responsibilities
Rroark! #03 - Exaggerated Love
Rroark! #04 - Something
Rroark! #05 - The White Whale
Rroark! #06 - Idiosyncrasies
Rroark! #07 - Promise Land AD 2015