poetical attempt…

The Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, built by Le Corbusier in the 1940’s represented a beginning.

Lesson / Koan :

Le Corbusier and others began a series of architectural projects concerning social housing with clear Utopian inspirations and a radical attempt to transform the common ways of life.


The Sostenere il palazzo dell’utopia (Holding the Building of Utopia) project consists of a series of portraits of Corviale’s inhabitants holding in their hands the model of the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille.

Holding the Building of Utopia, recreates a type of democratic and egalitarian version of medieval imagery (where the powerful: popes, bishops and kings were represented holding the city they had founded), in a modest poetical attempt to re-found the possibility of Utopia.


Corviale is a 958-meter-long popular housing building inhabited by about 6000 people. Located in the south-western periphery of Rome, it is surrounded on three sides by intact countryside. It was designed by Mario Fiorentino between 1972 and 1975 and completed ten years later. It is an emblematic place for architects and urban planners, systematically evoked by the Italian press with regard to the real or presumed evils of the suburbs.