"ROMA - BEIJING: CREATIVITY MAPS" 

"Esperanto", special issue of "DOMUS", n. 902




Type Magazine article - Infographics: maps and diagrams
Authors 2A+P Architettura (Gianfranco Bombaci, Domenico Cannistraci, Pietro Chiodi, Matteo Costanzo, Valerio Franzone)
Publisher Editoriale Domus, Milan (Italy)
Issue "Esperanto", special issue of "Domus", n.902 (April)
Pages 52-58
Year 2007

Link "Domus" n. 902 - "Esperanto" on www.domusweb.it


The last issue of "Domus" directed by Stefano Boeri was a special issue made just of images: architectural drawings, diagrams, photographs, comics, and infographics. Various architects, artists, curators, designers, photographers, and critics including Alessandro Mendìni, Gabriele Basilico, Francesco Jodice, Philippe Starck, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Herzog & de Meuron, OMA, Salottobuono, Enzo Mari, Bruno Latour, Thomas Saraceno, Zaha Hadid, Andrea Branzi, Claude Parent, SANAA, Olafur Eliasson, Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec, Armin Linke, Beatriz Colomina, Frank O. Gehry, Gae Aulenti, Steven Holl, Sami Rinlala, Yona Friedman, Madelon Vriesendorp, Francois Roche, and Antonio Marras have been called to conceive special projects.

Roma - Beijing: Creativity Maps (in "Roma - Beijing" developed by "Domus" China) is a research that investigates and describes the young and most avant-gardist contemporary architectural scene in Rome.
The project started with a series of interviews to some Roman based architects and curators, looking for forgotten or unknown memories, documentations, and links: flyers, projects, books, articles, magazines, and videos started reveling new stories and backgrounds of different events. A vast net was going to be discovered and it was made of Roman knots but also national and international ones. What came out was a reality characterized by an operative and multidisciplinary approach often driven by a search for collaborations and a diy spirit. Different actors in various fields -artists, architects, anthropologists, philosophers, activists, curators, critics, politicians and administrators, gallery managers- met thanks to a series of specific events starting from the Pantera university student revolt between 1989 and 1990.
The research is synthesized by four infographic:
- a city map showing the locations of the identified firms, groups, collectives or individuals;
- a family tree diagram showing the cultural events that generated the identified architecture scene in Rome (1990 > 2007)
- a neural circuit inspired diagram showing the collective intelligence, the connections between the various actors according to common projects and works;
- a "Domus" search page (Google-like) showing the main projects by the main identified architects.