La vita nello spazio. Una conversazione con Manuel Aires Mateus

In uno dei suoi romanzi più celebri, lo scrittore italiano — e portoghese di adozione — Antonio Tabucchi, racconta la storia di un uomo che vaga in una Lisbona sopraffatta dal caldo, passeggiando tra le strade piene di vita della città e soffermandosi con qualche estraneo, tra il romantico e il popolare, a discutere sul tema della vita.

Proprio con questo spirito interrogativo io e Riccardo ci muoviamo nella stessa città, dopo aver risalito le strade tortuose che dal mare portano al centro, passando per quei vicoli pittoreschi colorati di azulejos, le piazze dense di bambini che giocano e i vecchi che presiedono le panchine, stretti tra le vetrine fumanti delle tasche portoghesi, fino ad arrivare a Rua Silva Carvalho, dove una porta senza insegna ci introduce alla caverna bianca, così la chiamano quelli che ci lavorano dentro, meglio conosciuta come lo studio di Manuel Aires Mateus.
Ancora ammaliati dall’atmosfera della città, decidiamo di cominciare la nostra conversazione proprio da qui.

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Kenneth Frampton and Andrea Crudeli

Beyond Critical Regionalism. A conversation with Kenneth Frampton

Kenneth Frampton and Andrea Crudeli

When I meet Kenneth Frampton in New York City, it is the week after the opening of Venice Architecture Biennale, where the historian has just been awarded by Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, curators of the XVI edition of the exhibition, a Career Golden Lion.
It’s a rainy day in the Big Apple, and the GSAPP building of Columbia University is a bit more crowded with students than I thought it would be. We hold our conversation in his office, a small room with a view on the backyard. I cannot see any empty spot on the walls, all are covered with posters, awards and memories of a lifetime. We start off with light conversation in front of a cup of tea, as I should have expected from a British gentleman, followed by a discussion focused on the topic of Critical Regionalism. 

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Set-up of Sapienza Palace, Pisa

The “Sapienza” is one of the most important historical palace in Pisa. Raised during the renaissance by Lorenzo de’ Medici it hosts the local Law school. The refurbishment of the building ended in the 2018, after five years: during these works many antiquities were found, so it was necessary to build a proper place for them. The University of Pisa committed us to design some displays for a small museum under the portico.

YEAR

2015

TYPE

Interior Design, Graphic Design, Environmental Design

CLIENT

University of Pisa
Pisa Soprintendenza

The design takes inspiration by the podium of the statues that for many decades watched the lives of the students: the crate has an opaque bottom, with a small recess at the base which makes it float over the floor. 

The clear glass in the upper side contains transparent shelves where to place the artifacts without impeding the lower ones and at the same time leaving the sight of the building.

Alongside all the borders LED lights allow the people to enjoy the “new” antiquities, even during the short winter days.


Picasso The Sculpture Docu-Film for Galleria Borghese in Rome. Pic by Fabio Santaniello Bruun

Documentary “Picasso. The Sculpture” for Galleria Borghese, Rome

One of the most important museum in Rome, Galleria Borghese, asked us to make a documentary on the current exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s sculptures, called  “Picasso. La Scultura”, with the direction of Luigi Ficacci, director of the Central Institute for Restoration, and Paolo Bertoncini Sabatini,architect and architecture historian.

Coming soon..

YEAR

2019–IN PROGRESS

TYPE

Audiovisual, documentary

CLIENT

Galleria Borghese Museum, Rome
Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities

WITH

Fabio Santaniello Bruun, Alessandro Ariel Terranova, Paolo Bertoncini Sabatini, Luigi Ficacci

Picasso The Sculpture Docu-Film for Galleria Borghese in Rome. Pic by Fabio Santaniello Bruun
Picasso The Sculpture Docu-Film for Galleria Borghese in Rome. Pic by Fabio Santaniello Bruun
Picasso The Sculpture Docu-Film for Galleria Borghese in Rome. Pic by Fabio Santaniello Bruun
Picasso The Sculpture Docu-Film
Picasso The Sculpture Docu-Film

"Save the Heritage" Benefit Corporation

The Italian landscape is full of forgotten historical buildings. The benefit corporation Save the Heritage has the long term goal of focusing the public attention on this issue, promoting activities that show how it is still possible to bring back life inside those ruins, activating a renovation process.

YEAR

2019–now

TYPE

Cultural Project


Villa Rondinino, Firenze

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YEAR

2019–IN PROGRESS

TYPE

Architecture, Interior Design, Restoration, Structural

CLIENT

Private

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Set-up of the Cathedral Bell Tower of Lucca

Set-up of the Cathedral Bell Tower of Lucca

During the 2017, as part of 120g, we designed the exhibition arrangement of the Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Lucca, marking the touristic path on several floors.

YEAR

2018

TYPE

Interior Design, Graphic Design, Environmental Design

IN TEAM WITH

Alessandro Ariel Terranova, Olga Beatrice Carcassi

Set-up of the Cathedral Bell Tower of Lucca

All the set-up structures are made of cor-ten, in order to blend the new addition with the context, the Cathedral of San Martino, one of the most important examples of romanesque style in the world.

Set-up of the Cathedral Bell Tower of Lucca

L’allestimento del percorso turistico è composto da pannelli panoramici fissati alle strutture preesistenti, la cui forma è ispirata a quella del leggio di un pulpito, tutte posizionate al livello delle campane, da un alto totem che avvolge un pannello informativo e da prismi appoggiati sulle mensole.

Set-up of the Cathedral Bell Tower of Lucca
Set-up of the Cathedral Bell Tower of Lucca

Tuscanyness: a documentary on Tuscan Architecture (120g)

We’ve been part of this project as members of the cultural association 120g.

Today the Italian architecture scene is getting dramatic: decline of suburbs, abandoned buildings, property speculation; in this context the architects are no longer a cultural landmark and a lot of young architects have to emigrate abroad.
Indeed, many centuries ago, in Tuscany, after a long period of deep darkness, few enlightened men gave to the world the formula for a cultural rebirth built around the mankind.

YEAR

2015–2018

TYPE

Audiovisual, Research

Even if those times are passed, can the spirit of Brunelleschi and Michelangelo be connected to the spirit of people nowadays?

Tuscanyness is a movie that tells how this spirit of rebirth is still alive through the works and the words of architects both born and educated in the cultural atmosphere of Tuscany. In this enchanting Italian region the beauty is still a civil value, where is possible to establish a deep alliance with nature, or where is possible to live the unique opportunity to listen to the teachings of the past.


SCREENINGS AND EVENTS

21.06.2019
London Architecture Festival
Close-up Film Centre, London, UK

25.10.2018
Istanbul International Architecture Film Festival
TMMOB Mimarlar Odası, Istanbul, Turkey

20.10.2018
Oktobarh 2018
Eđšeg Chateau in Novi Sad (Belgrade) Serbia

06.06.2018
Dialogo sull’Architettura in Toscana (public debate)
Sala consiliare Terranuova Bracciolini, Arezzo, Italy

21.03.2018
The human dimension in tuscan architecture (lecture by Andrea Crudeli)
Olson Kundig, Seattle, USA

4.12.2017
Cinema La Compagnia
Firenze, Italy

12.11.2017
PAT — Premio Architettura Toscana
Arsenali Repubblicani, Pisa, Italy

08.11.2017
Cinema Surpresa #7 — Architecture night
Co-Lateral, Rua Direita do Francos, 1024, Porto, Portugal

1.11.2017
MoDIAP – Mostra Design Industria Artigianato Pisa
Arsenali Repubblicani, Pisa, Italy

14.10.2017
Arquiteturas Film Festival
Lisboa Forum, Lisbon, Portugal

06.10.2017
Lund International Architecture Film Festival
Lund Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden

14.09.2017
Première
Cinema Arsenale, Pisa

PRESS

12.08.2017
Tuscanyness
by Casabella

11.08.2017
Tuscanyness
by Area

11.09.2017
Tuscanyness un lungometraggio sull’architettura toscana al cinema d’essai Arsenale di Pisa
by Professione Architetto

11.08.2017
Tuscanyness
by Architettura Italiana / Divisare

09.09.2017
From Brunelleschi to Today, This Documentary Tracks the Evolution of Architecture in Tuscany
by Alya Abourezk

31.08.2017
“Tuscanyness” Un viaggio all’ombra della cupola del Brunelleschi
by Salvatore Bruno

29.08.2017
Identità e grande bellezza in un docufilm
by Francesca Franceschi

16.03.2017
Tuscanyness or approaching architecture the Tuscany way
by Christiane Bürklein

13.08.2017
Tuscanyness, un film documentario sull’architettura toscana
by Architetti.com

16.02.2018
‘Tuscanyness’ Film Explores the Detachment of Modern Italian Architecture and the Fight to Restore Faith in Design
by Ella Thorn

05.04.2018
Tuscanyness Shines the Spotlight on Tuscan Architecture
by Kate Simmons

09.07.2018
Un documentario sull’architettura toscana
by weArch

25.02.2018
Tuscanyness: online il documentario sull’architettura toscana
by Professione Architetto

08.10.2018
Toskanischer Zeitgeist: Tuscanyness von 120g
by Duy Mac

20.10.2017
Editoriale di Ottobre
by Ville & Casali

CREDITS

Directed by
Andrea Crudeli

Written by
Riccardo Bartali, Andrea Crudeli, Marta Gnesi, Filippo Lisini Baldi

Photography
Alessandro Ariel Terranova, Fabio Santaniello Brunn, Aurelio Zarbo, Riccardo Bartali, Giulio Fazio

Narrator
Carlo Bernardini

Music
Rugo, Luca Battistini

Starring
Marco Casamonti, Fabrizio Rossi Prodi, Carlo Nepi, Augusto Mazzini, Leonardo Matassoni, MDU Architetti, Giuseppe Chigiotti, Claudio Nardi, Eutropia Architettura, Roberto Pasqualetti, Pietro Carlo Pellegrini, Salvatore Re, Massimo Fiorido, Sundaymorning, Paolo Zermani, Paolo Bertoncini Sabatini, Riccardo Butini, Heliopolis 21, Paolo Riani.

Aerial views
Alte Vedute

Produced by
120g, CESA sas, University of Pisa, CB Studio, Renato Lupetti


Centuries ago, during the Humanism period, some enlightened clients believed in the talent of few young architects and started an extraordinary season for the civilization. Do this kind of clients still exist today?


Survey, study and historical reconstruction of Palazzo La Sapienza, Pisa

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YEAR

2014-2016

TYPE

Survey, Research, Restoration, Structural

IN TEAM WITH

University of Pisa, Giovanni Bruschi, Alessandro Ariel Terranova, Gianluigi Lombardi, Elena Iozzi, Valentina Baffi, Fabio Santaniello Brunn, Marco Valenti, Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua

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Restoration San Michele Church in Lucca, Italy

The analysis concerning the astonishing church of San Michele in Foro, in the historical centre of Lucca, were aiming the pathologies and weak points of the building, meanwhile they cleared the necessity of an important refurbishment to preserve the heritage.

The first phase of the works consisted of a deep research about the history of the building, to know the historical context, the construction technologies and the masterpieces there collected. Meanwhile an hard work of survey and measurement has been carried out to draw plans, sections and elevations.

YEAR

2016-2017

TYPE

Architecture, Interior Design, Restoration, Structural

IN TEAM WITH

Alessandro Ariel Terranova, Marta Gnesi, Francesca Moschini, Amanda Ferreira

This operation allowed us to obtains many datas about the materials and the kind of deterioration existing, with a particular mention for the structural cracks.

The structure has been processed by a specific software to draw the FEM model to discover all the tensions brought by weight of the church and its vibrations. In order to evaluate the seismic stress the building has been divided in autonomous portions called macroelements, by an analysis of the cynematism of the façade and the clerystorium.

The macroelements that were studied the most are the bell tower and the façade. The datas collected let us state that the church is perfectly fine both by a statistic point of view and an analytic one. Thanks to our studies about macroelements and seismic stresses further insights would be possible in order to maintain our precious heritage.