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Renzo Sgolacchia

http://www.CinemaArchitecture.org

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Renzo Sgolacchia is an architect and urban researcher active in Rotterdam and PhD fellow at the IUAV, University of Venice. Filmmaking has always played a crucial role in his activities. He is the founder of Cinema Architecture, a project combining research and film screenings, which investigates architectural space through cinema.

Learning from Films


For an alternative mapping method

Learning from Films


For an alternative mapping method
Engaging architects in filmmaking practices to deal with complex urban realities
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In his article “The Monuments of Passaic,” Robert Smithson refers to “ruins in reverse” to describe “new constructions that would eventually be built.” According to him a “ruin in reverse” is “the opposite of the romantic ruin because the buildings don’t fall into ruin after they are built but rather rise into ruin before they are built.”
In order to deal with these forgotten urban realities, the proposal focuses on new modes of perceiving, representing, and conceiving architecture through the visual experience of filmmaking. The aim is to specifically analyse abandoned sites and unfinished architectures in an exploratory way. Rome is an emblematic case study. The city is characterised by one of the largest urban areas in Europe and by the wide presence of buildings of which the implementation or renovation has never been completed. Rather than romantically represent vacant buildings, the filmic mapping gives insights that are crucial to influence future strategies.



In his well-known article “The Monuments of Passaic”, Robert Smithson refers to “ruins in reverse” to describe “new construction that would eventually be built.” Generally located in industrial sites, his films can be considered a spatial extension of his land art works.

Learning from Films


For an alternative mapping method

Learning from Films


For an alternative mapping method
Engaging architects in filmmaking practices to deal with complex urban realities
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

In his article “The Monuments of Passaic,” Robert Smithson refers to “ruins in reverse” to describe “new constructions that would eventually be built.” According to him a “ruin in reverse” is “the opposite of the romantic ruin because the buildings don’t fall into ruin after they are built but rather rise into ruin before they are built.”
In order to deal with these forgotten urban realities, the proposal focuses on new modes of perceiving, representing, and conceiving architecture through the visual experience of filmmaking. The aim is to specifically analyse abandoned sites and unfinished architectures in an exploratory way. Rome is an emblematic case study. The city is characterised by one of the largest urban areas in Europe and by the wide presence of buildings of which the implementation or renovation has never been completed. Rather than romantically represent vacant buildings, the filmic mapping gives insights that are crucial to influence future strategies.



In his well-known article “The Monuments of Passaic”, Robert Smithson refers to “ruins in reverse” to describe “new construction that would eventually be built.” Generally located in industrial sites, his films can be considered a spatial extension of his land art works.


Idea by

Renzo Sgolacchia
Rotterdam
Netherlands
Renzo Sgolacchia is an architect and urban researcher active in Rotterdam and PhD fellow at the IUAV, University of Venice. Filmmaking has always played a crucial role in his activities. He is the founder of Cinema Architecture, a project combining research and film screenings, which investigates architectural space through cinema.