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Fabio Ciaravella, Cristina Amenta, Mimì Coviello, Clara Cibrario Assereto

Architecture of Shame

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via Piave, Matera, Italy
AoS was born as part of Matera application process for the European Capital of Culture 2019. Members of the group are architects from different fields and one lawyer. AoS collaborates with universities, It has been working and continues to work with institutions such as the State Archive of Matera, Federcasa, the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is in active dialogue with projects operating in the field of art, creativity and social activism in Europe

Architecture of Shame


a collective psychoanalytic session for European architecture

Architecture of Shame


a collective psychoanalytic session for European architecture
Architecture of Shame investigates relationships between architecture and shame as a tool to understand contemporary European identities from a bottom up perspective
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Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

AoS uses the relationship between Architecture and Shame to trigger a productive dialogue about which part of our identities is reflected in the built space and in the way we look at it.
The starting cultural filter is the story of Matera (IT) called Shame of Italy in 1950 and recognized a World Heritage in 1993.
This radical change occurred thanks to a cultural evolution.
By using shame as a tool we want to question a "negative feeling": should we be ashamed by some architectures, places, cities or should we re-consider their qualities? Are we feeling ashamed enough by those architectures that shows embarrassing sides of our culture?
In between of these questions we can investigate architecture as the place of social intimacy and public values, we can use architectures as a way to talk about unresolved questions of our public life and civic engagement.


Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC: Archive room

Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC: Party room

Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC: Party room detail

Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC detail

Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC detail

Architecture of Shame


a collective psychoanalytic session for European architecture

Architecture of Shame


a collective psychoanalytic session for European architecture
Architecture of Shame investigates relationships between architecture and shame as a tool to understand contemporary European identities from a bottom up perspective
File under
Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

AoS uses the relationship between Architecture and Shame to trigger a productive dialogue about which part of our identities is reflected in the built space and in the way we look at it.
The starting cultural filter is the story of Matera (IT) called Shame of Italy in 1950 and recognized a World Heritage in 1993.
This radical change occurred thanks to a cultural evolution.
By using shame as a tool we want to question a "negative feeling": should we be ashamed by some architectures, places, cities or should we re-consider their qualities? Are we feeling ashamed enough by those architectures that shows embarrassing sides of our culture?
In between of these questions we can investigate architecture as the place of social intimacy and public values, we can use architectures as a way to talk about unresolved questions of our public life and civic engagement.


Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC: Archive room

Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC: Party room

Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC: Party room detail

Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC detail

Exhibition for Matera 2019 ECoC detail


Idea by

Fabio Ciaravella, Cristina Amenta, Mimì Coviello, Clara Cibrario Assereto
Architecture of Shame
via Piave
Matera
Italy
AoS was born as part of Matera application process for the European Capital of Culture 2019. Members of the group are architects from different fields and one lawyer. AoS collaborates with universities, It has been working and continues to work with institutions such as the State Archive of Matera, Federcasa, the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is in active dialogue with projects operating in the field of art, creativity and social activism in Europe