The Plus Theatre

CULTURAL PROJECTS 2022

Hall 10

MARMOMAC MEETS ACADEMIES

curated by : Giuseppe Fallacara e Domenico Potenza
Discovering Italy University research and the landscape of urban public spaces

Raising a stone into an upright position was mankind’s first architectural gesture; an apparently simple yet in reality complex action in that it set in motion a transformation that turned the original nature of places into new landscapes; the landscape created by human artifice. Architecture is the offspring of that initial act: balancing stone after stone to adapt environmental conditions to human needs. And stone, more than any other material, brings about the continuous processes of territorial modification; especially in those areas where natural stone is more common and its use more extensive, to the point of interpreting the stratified identity in the history of the places where we live. This explains the continual prominence of a material that proves capable of going far beyond the evolution of its various expressive languages. Architecture is nothing more than continuous destroying to build again, and then destroying again to rebuild a new, without ever interrupting the principles and reasons for such actions.

The idea of the exhibition – set up in Hall 10 as part of The Plus Theatre – is to showcase the variety and richness of a widespread stone landscape, starting from a kind of “journey into the Italy of natural stone” capable of narrating quarry areas, the stratifications of urban landscapes and the experiments of scientific research by the various schools of architecture in Italy and abroad. This edition of Marmomac Meets Academies focuses on the concept of public space as investigated by universities and companies: from the enhancement of the historic tradition of Italian squares to the redevelopment of contemporary public spaces. Italy as a whole provides widespread testimony of the relationship between stone materials and the landscape, in urban and rural areas alike. From the Ligurian roofing slates, to paving in porphyry from Trentino (today used in most of the towns in all regions); from the highly-prized white marbles from the Apuan Alps (exported all over the world), to the historic travertines of ancient Rome and other found in central Italy; from the slabs from quarries in Lessinia to the luminous limestones of the cathedrals and castles in Apulia, the golden stones of the Sicilian Baroque, the lava stones of Etna and the robust and perennial granites of Sardinia.

The aim is to present an exemplary itinerary (between the stone districts and urban landscapes) of the Italian provinces together with leading Italian and international university experiments, including: University of Catania, University of Basilicata, “G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, La Sapienza University in Rome, Bari Polytechnic University, University of Camerino, University of Ferrara, the Verona Academy of Fine Arts, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern:, New York Institute of Technology, Polis University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Technical Consultant: Giulio Girasante
Contributors: Francesca Bux, Ilaria Cavaliere, Dario Costantino
Graphics: Studio Variabile

UNIVERSITIES — COMPANIES

Bari Polytechnic University — Giuseppe Fallacara, Maurizio Barberio, Micaela Colella, Dario Costantino, Ilaria Cavaliere, Angelo Vito Graziano, Marco Stigliano, Ubaldo Occhinegro, Micaela Pignatelli
“G. D’Annunzio” University Chieti-Pescara Domenico Potenza — Domenico Potenza, Giulio Girasante
La Sapienza University Rome — Marco Ferrero
Verona Academy of Fine Arts — Marta Ferretti, Sotirios Papadopoulos
NYIT New York Institute of Technology — Christian R. Pongratz; Dustin White
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern — Cornelie Leopold, Eva Hagen, Benedikt Blumenröder
Catania University, DICAR Department — Vincenzo Latina
University of Basilicata, Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures - Matera centre — Ettore Vadini
University of Camerino - School of Architecture and Design in Ascoli Piceno — Giulia Menzietti

Marmomac Meets Academies

EXHIBITIONS

Panca a nastro

Design
Giuseppe Fallacara e Marco Stigliano
Production
Pi.Mar con Tarricone Prefabbricati
Materials
Recomposed stone with ecological binders for the absorption of CO2 and Lecce stone powder

Modular bench used for street furniture. It works both as a seat and as a parking lot for bicycles.

Porta d’Oriente

Design
Giuseppe Fallacara e Marco Stigliano
Production
Mastropasqua Marmi
Materials
Lightened stone on alucobond, Carrara white marble and Marquinia black marble

Diaphanous system for urban decorations, dividing filters/brises-soleil, street furniture.

Chaise-longue per Sciola

Design
Giuseppe Fallacara, Marco Stigliano, Ubaldo Occhinegro, Micaela Pignatelli
Production
Stilmarmo with Tarricone  Prefabbricati
Materials
Apricena stone

Chaise longue for gardens, made of recomposed stone and natural stone. It works as a musical instrument.

Stone wings

Design
Fabio Tellia e Giuseppe Fallacara
Production
Stilmarmo
Materials
Apricena stone

Double sided cantilevered bench, built cutting diagonally a parallelepiped stone block.

Simple bench

Design
Giuseppe Fallacara
Production
Stilmarmo
Materials
Lightened Apricena stone slab

Bench for exterior spaces. It is built with very thin slabs and it has an integrated illumination system.

ICHU chair

Design
Irina Chun
Production
Stilmarmo con Cnc Design e Poliba Stone Lab 4.0
Materials
Apricena stone and PLA with added marble powder

Footstool for interior and exterior spaces. It is composed of a 3D printed base and a stone seat.

Le Tabouret

Design
Giuseppe Fallacara
Production
SNBR
Materials
Travertine

Ergonomic seat with an integrated metallic damper.

Sgabello “in sella”

Design
Giuseppe Fallacara
Production
Mastropasqua Marmi
Materials
Cold-rolled galvanized steel sheet and Forest Green stone

Flexible footstool aimed at equestrian training. It is composed of a self-balancing system with suspensions.

Stone puof

Design
Giuseppe Fallacara con Anthony Caradonna (NYIT)
Production
Mastropasqua Marmi
Materials
Slabs of Carrara white marble

Pouf obtained with the mutual interlocking of flat marble slabs.

Seduta da corsa

Design
Massimo Russo
Production
Helios Automazioni, Felice Chirò, Industria Marmi, Puglisi Marmi, Confindustria di Capitanata / settore lapideo
Materials
Etna lava stone

The work combines some of the main features of the stone design objects production using new digital technologies. It is connected to the research field and the recent studies on “beauty algorithms”, which find application and synergy within innovative processes of parametric design.

The Global Dōrō

Design
Marco Ferrero, Carlos Acosta Fontana e gli studenti del workshop “MTA – Meet Traditional Art: Kyoto-Rome
Production
M° Takaaki Saida – Kyoto, Balducci Marmi
Materials
Granite

Hand sculpted totem made of granite and composed of blocks that recall both the architectural orders and the Zen lantern.

Tetrades

Design
Sara Mosconi, Ayelen Pesenti, Lucrezia Picariello, Camilla Quarti
Production
Donatoni Macchine
Materials
Marble

Carved monolith composed of a sequence of sections made of different types of marble and equipped with LED strips.

Urban Climate Oasis

Design
Christian R. Pongratz, Fadhil Fadhil e Pongratz Perbellini Architects
Production
PI.MAR, Climax Italy, Hikari, Idrobase Group
Materials
Lecce stone

The project consists of a system of green walls with a seat and uses natural stone as a sustainable material, exploiting the tools of computational design to almost completely eliminate production waste and to minimize manufacturing time and energy consumption.

Gothic Reimagined: through the Lens of AI

Design
Dustin White with Christopher Pope
Production
Concr3de
Materials
3D printing of limestone powder

The work is the result of a research about the use of Artificial Intelligence within design processes. The goal is to produce a reinterpretation of Gothic architecture forms and language.

Stone on Stone / Digital stereotomy

Design
Fayuan Wang
Production
Carl Picard Natursteinwerk in Kaiserslautern
Materials
Red sandstone and wood

The work consists of a transformation from a 2D parquet texture into a three-dimensional interlocking system made with a single multiplied module. The blocks were made using Computer Numerical Control machines.

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