in recent years many interesting proposals have been made for the revival of the historic old centers of towns by means of festivals, collective shows, events of one sort and another; these amounted to attempts to rescue the city as a place for “living in together”. these efforts have involved design of amusements (processions, shows, masquerades) and the revival of objects and situations (archaic design such as the sweetmeats stall, the soft drinks kiosk, temporary sales points). these are not new inventions but the recovery of old traditions that once belonged to country fetes and have now turned up again in the city. they cannot be said to be purely commercial attractions but part of an overall policy (much discussed and perhaps questionable, but nonetheless interesting and important). phenomena of this sort must also be included in any panorama of italian design.
otherwise it is hard to grasp the idea of italy itself or of design.
Umberto Ecco in Italian Re Evolution: Design in Italian Society in the Eighties La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art 1982
here you will find the blogs, thoughts, projects, travels, drawings, links, train tickets, sketches, photos, museum stubs, postcards, ruminations on food + drink, and insights on fashion + culture of the students participating in the new jersey school of architecture’s urban studio.
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