Colorful virtual environments outline a layered landscape. It is the Space Popular reinterpretation of the work of Aldo Rossi protagonist of Studio Visit 2022, the cultural project of Alcantara with the MAXXI in Rome

The partnership between Alcantara and the MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts continues with the fifth edition of Studio Visit, a program curated by Domitilla Dardi which invites contemporary designers to propose a personal interpretation of the 'work of the masters present in the collections of MAXXI Architecture.

From 6 December 2022 to 15 January 2023 Space Popular: Search History homage to Aldo Rossi will be staged.

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The urban fact and the analogue city of Aldo Rossi for the contemporary virtual city

Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, founders of the architecture and art studio Space Popular< /a>, have chosen to explore the work of Aldo Rossi, one of the most internationally influential Italian architects of the 20th century.

Specifically, the two authors considered Rossi's notions of urban fact and similar city as a reference for the collective realization of the contemporary virtual city.

Read also: Scarpa's threshold reinterpreted by Neri&Hu in 2021

A critical reflection on the Metaverse to propose a civic approach to urban planning

The project starts from a critical reflection on the Metaverse by the Space Popular in particular on the recent proliferation of platforms that aim to reproduce real market models real estate through the sale of virtual land to arrive at proposing a civic approach to the urban planning of the immersive internet.

See also the Konstantin.Grcic. L'immaginazione al potere exhibition

A Collectively Managed Metaverse

In L'Architettura della Città Rossi considers subjective experience over time, presenting the city as a sequence of spatial experiences which, while being unique to each of us, remain “permanent, universal and necessary.

In the same way, Space Popular imagines a Metaverse that is not dependent on forms of private property for profit, but built and managed collectively to deal with sensitive issues related to it such as teleportation, navigation, bookmarking, tracking and privacy.

See also the exhibition Nervi in the making by Formafantasma

A'tactile and changing architecture to glimpse new perspectives

The exhibition Search History takes us through virtual environments in a landscape made of layers. In a continuous movement, the Alcantara fabrics immerse us in a'soft and changeable architecture, whose fluid motion constantly composes new territories, looking beyond the physical limit of the material and revealing new perspectives.

Alcantara enhances this reading by overcoming boundaries, lending itself to bold cuts, personalized prints and complex textures. And he reminds us that tactility remains the most important companion of audiovisual experiences.

See also Nanda Vigo's Arch/arcology exhibition