The research project about architectural elements of spontaneous construction


The research project about architectural elements of spontaneous construction
A new design process that understands informality
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  • # Construction
  • # Social
  • # Environment

In those areas in which unauthorized construction is widespread, informal phenomena are a tangible manifestation of the social relationship with built environment. Structural or decorative elements are figured out and crafted to quickly respond to two important needs: spatial appropriation and self-representation of the builder. Those elements adapt their form to any concrete frame constructions and the modus operandi of the builders; absorb imperfections; speed up work; recycle existing materials.
SPONTANEOUS project, starting with an international call for drawings, would study and understand those elements to trigger a new idea of context, that is economical, social and geographical, where architecture practice should implement this need for customization.

An informal architectural element, widely employed in a community, becomes an important subject of design interest; implementing new design process, responsive to immediate needs, to meet higher aesthetic and safety standards.

Sample of an architectural element from the SPONTANEOUS call for drawings

Malapartecafé | occupy rationalism

Malapartecafé | occupy rationalism

Over Habitat | Self Design


Idea by

Fabio Cappello, Giuseppe Resta
FABIO CAPPELLO. M.Arch, assistant at DiARC and at international seminarVillard de Honnecourt. Cappello is a licensed architect, organizer of ENDOGENESI, editor of Chiasmo (leaflet about Neapolitan architecture) and architecture photographer. GIUSEPPE RESTA. M. Arch., Ph.D. candidate at Università degli studi Roma TRE, assistant at Politecnico di Bari. Resta is a licensed Architect and editor of Artwort Magazine. Regularly contributes to international exhibitions and conferences about landscape.

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