«The architectural project is an investigative and critical device able to condense and metabolise cultural contradictions»
aut--aut is a dynamic architectural practice combining several young professionals – all of them under 35 – in an open non-hierarchical way.
Context understanding is the fundamental precondition in our approach, definable as strategic and devoted to a cultural production which aims to propel social enhancement.
aut--aut results from the will of giving form to the collective work of four friends – former students at the Faculty of Architecture of Roma Tre University – after the media resonance generated by Nursery Fields Forever, winning entry at AWR London Nursery School competition.
It was the beginning of 2016. Since then aut--aut carried on a binary work based on design competitions and direct assignments encompassing different tasks and scales.
In addition to Nursery Fields Forever, we could identify a few highlights in this path so far: the transformation of an existing building in central Rome into an hotel, the design of a children’s home in Nosy Be (Madagascar) now under construction, and the first prize for As.In.O. nursery school in Selargius, our entry at #scuoleinnovative competition led by the Italian Ministry of Education.
According to a couple of us, it’s surely a mess! Our office space is part of a former garage and we currently share this space with a fashion designer as we enjoy sharing our space to periodically intrude into other fields.
We believe that the architectural project, besides being an investigative and critical device able to condense and metabolise cultural contradictions, is a tool capable of catalysing and propelling a certain discourse through the envisioning of new and even provocative spaces.
A Book: ‹Open work› – Umberto Eco (1962) /
‹Architecture of happiness› – Alain de Botton (2006)
A Person: Luigi Franciosini, our first professor: pure architectural passion
A Building: Piazza di Sant’Ignazio, Roma (Filippo Raguzzini)
The latin locution «festina lente» is a kind of fascinating advice for us.
Would you please sketch out the map of your city?
Designer: aut--aut | architettura
Team: Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar, Damiano Ranaldi
Location: Bisceglie, Italy
Type: Competition (Periferie 2017 – MIBACT)