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Med in Italy: the house of the future

Med in Italy is a green house who self produces three times the energy it needs and consumes ten times less than traditional houses, and who will compete in the next September at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 – the international competition of sustainable architecture.

The project is implemented by a team of teachers and students of various Italian Universities and is inspired by the Mediterranean tradition of housing. Many ingenious devices like the walls built with wooden structures, the outdoor patio where grown fruits and vegetables, and the photovoltaic roof limit excursion temperature between night and day, maintaining an intermediate temperature within the building.

The components of Med in Italy are ready in less than 4 days, so that the house is also suitable for responding to an emergency like an earthquake.

Un appello per salvare Med in Italy from MedinItaly on Vimeo.

In addition to the support of partners who have decided to fund the project, Med in Italy also needs a final funding to be finished!

Help us to build the innovative and environmentally house of the future. Your contribute will help the designers team to bring the full-scale prototype of the house to Madrid and to continue testing it.

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Where is the David?

How many Davids can we find around the globe?
Have you seen the David somewhere? In a store? In a square?
If you see the David, take a picture and share it.

Where is the David?

This is an initiative launched by the Florence City Council, a contest which plans to find copies or fanciful interpretations of Michelangelo’s David in the World, Internet users are invited to photograph or film the most imaginative reworkings of the statue.
Your picture will be available online for other users and it can be part of an exhibition at Le Murate in Florence!

Michelangelo's David

David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by the Italian artist Michelangelo. It is a 5.17 metre (17 foot) marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David and was instead placed in Piazza della Signoria.
The statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery in Florence in 1873, and later replaced at the original location by a replica.

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3D Reconstruction of Veduta della Catena, Florence

Here is the 3D reconstruction of the the famous Veduta della Catena (Chain Map). The video is going to be shown and explained by the Director of the Palazzo Vecchio Family Museum Paola Pacetti next sunday 20th February in Florence, during the eighth national meeting of Archaeologia viva.

This painting is in the historical-topographical Museum Firenze com’era.

Nineteenth Copy of the Veduta della Catena

The original print, the first known perspective map of Florence realized in 1470 and attribute to Francesco di Lorenzo Rosselli, is displayed at the Bode Museum in Berlin.

Original Chain Map (1470)

At the end of the XVth century, Florence counts 40.000 citizens.
The medieval walls surrounding the city leave out big green areas just outside a densely populated urban centre. Among the buildings, the symbols of civic and religious power stand out: Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo del Podestà and the Cathedral, just completed with the Brunelleschi’s grandiose Dome. Close to the city walls, the houses are set all around the churches of the preaching orders of Santa Maria Novella, Santa Maria del Carmine, Santo Spirito. The Arno river, with its four medieval bridges, is lively with the intense activity animating its waters and banks. Notice how the main buildings, churches, bridges, city doors show inscriptions with their names.

Bologna, Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident

Dear friends,
yesterday I had to go to Bologna for a relatives’ meeting at the end of the Christmas holidays, and I would like to tell you what’s appened.
After a great meal, a long talk and many laughs we had a digestive walk, my relatives took me at the Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident, I have ever seen the wreck on television in the news, but I couldn’t imagine the effect it would have made me to directly see it.

Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident

June, 27 1980 an Italian flight suffered an in-flight explosion while in route from Bologna to Palermo, the aircraft (registered I-TIGI) crashed at 20:59 CET into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the island of Ustica about 130 km southwest of Naples. All 81 people on board were killed. After years of investigations, no official explanation or final report has been provided by the Italian government.

In Bologna on June 27, 2007 the Museum for the Memory of Ustica was opened. The museum is in possession of parts of the plane, which are assembled and on display. Almost all of the external fuselage of the plane was reconstructed. In the museum there are also objects belonging to those on board that were found in the sea near the plane.

Christian Boltanski

The aircraft wreckage is showed in a suggestive and evocative setting, suitably created by the French artist Christian Boltanski. The 81 victims of this slaughter are recalled through as many lights which turn on and off at a breath rhythm. Around the rebuilt aircraft, 81 black mirrors reflect the image of the person going along the balcony while 81 loudspeakers utter whispers, common and universal thoughts, which underline this accidental and ineluctable tragedy.

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All the objects found are contained in a wooden box covered with a black plastic skin. A small book with the photos of all objects and various information is available to the visitor upon request.

I highly recommend you to visit it at night because it’s much more touching, when the lights turn off the room is almost entirely in the dark and you can see only the silhouette of the plane like it could still fly, when the lights slowly turn on you atrociously can see it’s just a scrap.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Rome, Italy

Approximately ten years ago as a student I had to go to Rome for a briefing at the IBM’s italian headquarters in Rome’s EUR district.
While traveling by taxy to via Cristoforo Colombo I suddenly saw it, I was really surprised because I had never been to EUR, I had not studied history of modern architecture, I didn’t know it … but I had seen it, when, where? I’m going to reveal you … follow me.

It’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Palace of Italian Culture) also known as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro (Palace of Italian Culture of Work ) or simply the Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) and it’s an icon of Fascist architecture.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

It was designed by the architects Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula and Mario Romano and constructed between 1938 and 1943. It was inaugurated on 30 November 1940 as the centerpiece of the EUR and continues to be its most iconic building. The structure is also considered one of the most representative examples of Fascist architecture at the EUR.

The design of the “Square Colosseum” was inspired more to celebrate the Colosseum, and the structure was intended by Benito Mussolini as a celebration of the older Roman landmark. Similar to the Colosseum, the palace has a series of superimposed loggias, shown on the façade as six rows of nine arches each.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Particular)

At the top of each of the four façades there is an inscription in capital letters:
(In English)
A nation of poets, of artists, of heroes,
Of saints, of thinkers, of scientists,
Of helmsmen, of transmigrants

Where did you see it?
You have seen it in a Nike’s advertisement of the nineties, where famous football players retrieved a ball kept inside the building.

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Danteum, Giuseppe Terragni, Rome, 1942

The Danteum is an unbuilt monument to Dante Alighieri designed by the modernist architect Giuseppe Terragni at the behest of Benito Mussolini‘s Fascist government. The design was presented at the 1942 Exhibition in Rome but it was not constructed.


Compositionally, the Danteum is conceived as an allegory of the Divine Comedy. It consists of a sequence of monumental spaces that parallel the narrator’s journey from the “dark wood” through hell, purgatory, and paradise. Rather than attempting to illustrate the narrative, however, Terragni focuses on the text’s form and rhyme structure, translating them into the language of carefully proportioned spaces and unadorned surfaces typical of Italian Rationalism.

In june 2007 Alessio Nanni composer and Rodolfo Migliari visual artist created a compositing and creative concept about acoustic and visual materials called Danteum.

Visual and acoustic "Danteum" Preview

This project wants to merge the visual and acoustic sensations in an unique body, where it’s impossible to watch the instalation without the sound and viceversa. The visual and acoustic ambient is defined by a very well-balanced background where the three elements earth, fire and water symbolize the three parts of the poem.

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Brion Cemetery, San Vito d’Altivole (TV), Italy

The Brion Cemetery is in San Vito d’Altivole near Treviso, Italy. Carlo Scarpa (1909-1978) designed the addition to a previous cemetery. He is buried in this cemetery in a well hidden spot under a very simple tombstone for a great architect like him, within the interstitial space created by the walls of the old and new cemeteries.

The perimeter walls are the same height as the surrounding corn, which deemphasizes the cemetery. It also includes an island which the visitor cannot access (arguably a metaphor for the afterlife).

Brion Cemetery

The window of the pavilion of meditation is in the form of a Vesica piscis, a repeated leitmotiv in Scarpa’s architecture. He had seen this mystical symbol in the absolute union betwen man and woman.

The Creator’s Words

“I would like to explain the Tomba Brion … The place for the dead is a garden….I wanted to show some ways in which you could approach death in a social and civic way…”

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