Milan 2014: the territory observatory #2
Photographic Workshop. Milan, 4th – 8th June 2014
In order to represent the effective dimension of inhabited and dilated territories, shown as unlimited nebulae by satellite photographs, topographic maps are no longer exhaustive. These recognise the urban condition merely in the presence of urban continuity. In the scenario of transforming territories , photography, inscribed into the space of architecture and urban landscape, asserts itself as an analytical tool of remarkable clarity and immediacy, in merging both perception and application notions. Contrasting the common idea that the current inflation of images deprives them of their content and trivializes them, photographic creation develops new ways of registering, analysing and understanding such transformations. Describing, analysing and instructing represent the three necessary functions to renovate our attitude toward the contemporary landscape: an analytical tool able to monitor and address the future development of each different context. To establish, through the Observatory, a comprehensive vision of all the transformations affecting both the natural and the built-up environment, means to reveal the territory identity on its multiplicity and to orientate its changing course. Three years after the first experience in Milan, the Observatory will enable an upgraded view on territories, on their evolutions and contradictions, formal and visual identities and of their new “urban condition”.