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2021 URB Bus stop

Year 2021
Location Termoli, Italy
Team UHO with Izmade
Client Fondazione MACTE
Type International open competition
Category Urbanism (URB)

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Diagnosis and prediction

The call for the competition comes from the Fondazione MACTE, a center for contemporary art. It concerns a bus stop and is open to architects.
For centuries, architecture was considered as art. But with the advent of conceptual art and penetration and diversification of new media over the 20th century, strict categories (i.e. sculpture, painting …) dissolved into one general category: art. The side effect of this dissolution is that architecture was pushed out. For better or for worse, the ambition of individual expression for architects through their discipline is a pure gesticulation.

Bus stops fall in two broad categories:

  1. Bus Stops as Art
  2. Commercial (JCDecaux)

In both cases, use is collateral. In both cases, the bust stop exists merely as an object to be received optically.
In both cases, use is collateral. In both cases, the bust stop exists merely as an object to be received optically.

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Redirecting

  • So what of an architecture (even in its smallest, prototypical form) that would put use at its center? We don’t mean function (that would be JCDecaux), but use.

  • How and why is it built how it is? Because it is β€œlocal ressource”.

  • Why does it look like this? Because it has no importance.

  • What happens when I’m not waiting for the bus? I sit down and talk.

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Last update: 2021-10-11