- 10 Nov 2021 - 12 Dec 2021
Milano piano zero
In the context of “What Is the City But the People?” , Associazione Thara Rothas presents “Milano piano zero”, a group show with artworks by Alessandro Calabrese, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Irene Fenara, Riccardo Giacconi, Elisa Giuliano and Chiara C. Siravo, Francesca Marconi, g. olmo stuppia, Grazia Toderi, Zimmerfrei, with the support of Triennale Milano Archives and research materials by Superstudio. The exhibition is curated by Giacomo Pigliapoco and Chiara Spagnol.
Born from an interdisciplinary research project, Milano piano zero was inspired by sociologist, philosopher, and city planner Henri Lefebvre’s (1901 – 1991) concept of Urbanity, formulated in 1968 in his essay Le droit à la ville [The Right To the City]. Conceived as a virtue, this idea was developed in response to the rising depersonalization that had hit the leading trends in urban planning starting from the beginning of the 20th century. In opposition to simply carrying out the practicalities in city planning, Lefebvre suggests a humanist approach, where every citizen is provided with the necessary tools of knowledge to contribute in the development of their own city, in order for it to nurture the wellbeing of the individuals and the community alike. Milano piano zero was born as a response to indulgent urban development, oftentimes leaning towards a globalized tendency, where tourism and temporary hospitality prevail over the citizens’ needs. Thanks to the exhibited artworks, along with the accessible archive platform, Milano piano zero is shaped up to be a multifaceted collection of thoughts on the city of Milan, a tool for encouraging visitors to reflect on their active roles in contemporary city making. Milano piano zero is an invitation to imagine a new city model starting from a common, shared vision of city making, along with the appropriation of public space.
Installation view of the exhibition. Photo t-space studio.