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Idea by

Alice Braggion & Alessandro Carabini

ABACO - collaborative design studio

http://abacollab.com

83, Rue de Clignancourt, Paris, France
ABACO is a collaborative design studio operating at the intersection of space, technologies and art. Founded in Paris in 2015, ABACO has a transdisciplinary approach focused on innovation and research. Their work investigates the relation between body and space at different scales, within the framework of new production and communication tools. Exhibited in Paris, Venice, Milan, and other cities, they teach Design & New Media at the Paris College of Art, and were awarded with several prizes.

La ville qui parle


understanding cities through its walls

La ville qui parle


understanding cities through its walls
We collect urban hieroglyphics of our time. Looking for hidden meanings, hidden cities.
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La ville qui parle is a visual narrative with the aim to investigate the complex relationship between citizens and urban environment.
It is a research focused on words, sentences, texts and - more in general - signs and expressions left on the surfaces of buildings.

We are interested in the intersection between written language and the unconscious city.
In how the citizen uses the city as support and device to connect with others, to appropriate a space or simply to talk loudly.
In how these surfaces can activate and stimulate a plural dialogue.
We are interested in this particular form of emotional interaction, which we like to refer with the name city-empathy.

How do buildings talk with citizens? How do they contribute to build people imaginaries? Are they capable to create a connection with everyday users? Are they capable to inspire values?
La ville qui parle looks for answers and new questions.
It looks for hidden meanings.
It looks for hidden cities.


Culture is a map that makes experience intelligible. It is a map of who, as a whole, we think we are; our values, our art, our intellectual efforts, our gossip, our history.
For culture the map can become the territory.

The great diversity of surfaces affecting the city and their public spaces has the potential to activate and stimulate a collective dialogue. Walls of the cities are blank pages: signs and words are contemporary ornaments.

La ville qui parle has been launched on Instagram, and through the hashtag everyone in any moment can contribute to collect city-empathy signs.
Due to its intrinsic ability to merge the written language to images, we believe Instagram is the best medium to host this form of meta-representation.
Signs and words often change very quickly. There is a parallel between such speed and the rapidity of posting an image through social media.

La ville qui parle / Pictures taken in Paris

La ville qui parle / Pictures taken in Venice

La ville qui parle


understanding cities through its walls

La ville qui parle


understanding cities through its walls
We collect urban hieroglyphics of our time. Looking for hidden meanings, hidden cities.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

La ville qui parle is a visual narrative with the aim to investigate the complex relationship between citizens and urban environment.
It is a research focused on words, sentences, texts and - more in general - signs and expressions left on the surfaces of buildings.

We are interested in the intersection between written language and the unconscious city.
In how the citizen uses the city as support and device to connect with others, to appropriate a space or simply to talk loudly.
In how these surfaces can activate and stimulate a plural dialogue.
We are interested in this particular form of emotional interaction, which we like to refer with the name city-empathy.

How do buildings talk with citizens? How do they contribute to build people imaginaries? Are they capable to create a connection with everyday users? Are they capable to inspire values?
La ville qui parle looks for answers and new questions.
It looks for hidden meanings.
It looks for hidden cities.


Culture is a map that makes experience intelligible. It is a map of who, as a whole, we think we are; our values, our art, our intellectual efforts, our gossip, our history.
For culture the map can become the territory.

The great diversity of surfaces affecting the city and their public spaces has the potential to activate and stimulate a collective dialogue. Walls of the cities are blank pages: signs and words are contemporary ornaments.

La ville qui parle has been launched on Instagram, and through the hashtag everyone in any moment can contribute to collect city-empathy signs.
Due to its intrinsic ability to merge the written language to images, we believe Instagram is the best medium to host this form of meta-representation.
Signs and words often change very quickly. There is a parallel between such speed and the rapidity of posting an image through social media.

La ville qui parle / Pictures taken in Paris

La ville qui parle / Pictures taken in Venice


Idea by

Alice Braggion & Alessandro Carabini
ABACO - collaborative design studio
83, Rue de Clignancourt
Paris
France
ABACO is a collaborative design studio operating at the intersection of space, technologies and art. Founded in Paris in 2015, ABACO has a transdisciplinary approach focused on innovation and research. Their work investigates the relation between body and space at different scales, within the framework of new production and communication tools. Exhibited in Paris, Venice, Milan, and other cities, they teach Design & New Media at the Paris College of Art, and were awarded with several prizes.