critic: Andrew ZAGO.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Smita LUKOSE: Set in Rome, the context for this project looms larger over architecture and urbanism than any other city.
Rome Matters Symposium
6.00 PM / Higgins Hall Auditorium
Pratt School of Architecture
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Pippo CIORRA, Architect, MAXXI, Rome; William MENKING, Moderator and Professor at Pratt; Frederick BIEHLE, Professor at Pratt and Director of Pratt in Rome; Alicia IMPERIALE, Professor at Temple University; Mark RAKATANSKY, Professor at Pratt
The ancient language of Rome ties into the School’s semester long concentration on Latin Architecture. With a panel including Rome’s Pippo Ciorra, the debate of how centuries old architecture continues to inform the work of contemporary descendents will give new perspectives on old buildings and new structures alike.
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
starTT: WHATAMI is based on the manufacturing of an artificial archipelago-hill, generating smaller green areas in the garden and potentially outside the museum. WHATAMI is the corruption of “What am I”, the industrial declination of the first puzzle invented in the XVIII century for fun-learning by John Spilsbury, it could be dismounted along the geographic boundaries; a tribute to the maps of Alighiero Boetti, which is dedicated to the square of the MAXXI. The hill works as a garden, injecting “green” into the concrete plateau of the museum’s outdoor space, allowing it to serve as a stage and/or parterre for concerts and other events, or as a space to rest and look at the museum itself.