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Urban yurts (Turpan, China)

June ‘10
International Online Competition “Silk Road Map”

*selected project, New Italian Blood
client: OICE, World EXPO Shanghai, Italian Pavilion
program: reinterpretation of the collective image of the Silk Road
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"42°54’42.22”, 89°32’29.53” between Turpan and Kamul, in a depressed area under Houyan Mountain, China.To overturn the linear system’s logic of a connection infrastructure into a new meaning for re-orientation, able to represents the contemporary nomadicity, it has to create a reference system to understand a territory and its genius loci, crumbling any predetermined way.Crossing territories is seen as a creative act, able to perceive its becoming.It is a nomad search that aims to create a relationship’s system by times and spaces’ juxtaposition, inspired by ancient maps’ imaginary, rich in personal interpretation of the unknown.In the system of open space, continuous and unconfined, strategic pre-existences of brown fields in Silk Road’s vector trend, are underlined transforming them into enclosure of acceleration or slowdown, as flourishes that define new boundaries to fix development’s limits: superimposing to recognized landscape a new principle of settlement.

Effective actions, aware of the extent of their spatial borders, but not of programmatic ones, create targeted effects.Distances’ definition finds the right rules of coexistence between development’s areas and enhanced void.Dwelling services or collective spaces for sharing, characterized by a strong potential of urbanity, create a new morphology around the existing buildings in low relational sites, introducing constraints and hierarchies in undetermined soils.Yurt’s concept of hierarchic space, with a strong potential to influence the use of the void comprise into its boundary, is interpreted like a sign in the territory that divides A area from B area, seeing in the principle of tracing an enclosure architecture’s founding act.The inner habitat, neither wildness, nor home, creates a domestic landscape defined by clear limits, neither West, nor East, ambiguous, not a city nor a non-place, could represents our heritage to the future, limiting the void and producing next ruins."