The research started with the documentation of all the houses in the village. This research was presented during the art festival Stazione di Topolò in 2017
After exploring the surroundings of Topolò in the autumn of 2015 we started our conversation with the village. In the summer of 2016 this dialogue was translated into a final architectural art-piece near the Mulino in Topolò’s near surroundings. This intervention, and mostly the process towards the final gesture, made us think about the dialogue with Topolo.
As a result of the interviews and analysis we selected one house that could be tranformed
During stazione 2017 we coducted a series of interviews and conversations with artists, visitors, organisers, and any bypasser who can add to a collective idea of what Topolò can become in the near future. Parallel to conversation we made spatial analyses in the form of maps and drawings. We combined the series of interviews, conversations and drawings into a spatial, functional and ideological philosophy for Topolò in the near future. As a first gesture to implementation, our final goal for this festival is to pinpoint specific places, areas or routes, at which spatial development can take place, to achieve a future Topolò, formulated by the collective body of knowledge, of the people who make Topolò the place it is today, and will be in the years to come.
1. Aldo Rossi, The Architecture of the City, pp.130, on the collective memory; “One can say that the city itself is the collective memory of its people, and like memory it is associated with objects and places. The city is the locus of the collective memory. This relationship between the locus and the citizenry then becomes the city’s predominant image, both of architecture and of landscape, and as certain artifacts become part of its memory, new ones emerge.”
2. Georg Simmel, The Stranger in Kurt Wolff (Trans.) The Sociology of Georg Simmel. New York: Free Press, 1950, pp. 402 - 408.