atmosphere | milano | 2016
with emmanouela tzerani and christina iliopoulou
Living every day on the Città Studi Campus means participating in common activities such as attending classes, studying in the library, working as a team, eating, drinking, using the bathroom, resting when necessary and possible, and so on. But the liveability of the Città Studi Campus is something more complicated than the sum of these individual actions. It also implies a rich, integrated series of procedures and forms of conduct involving students, professors, administrative staff and the local inhabitants, who use the open spaces and services on the university campus during the day: getting around, finding their way around, parking cars and bicycles, resting in comfortable surroundings, celebrating graduation, holding meetings and lectures in non-traditional settings, playing music and putting on performances, applying classroom teachings outdoors, reading outdoors, showing the city what the students are doing and what they have discovered in their research, practising sports and exercise, etc. Far removed from a rigid subdivision by function, the sum total of these activities - the ways in which they are performed, the quality of the spaces they produce, their ecological and energy sustainability, the attitude toward care of the spaces by the people who use them every day - determine the liveability of the campus.
M.U.S.E provides the simplest framework for an organized public space. It is about students and their daily rituals. It provokes them to socialize with each other and interpret the structures according to their needs. Different types of urban interventions can be created. According to the size of the available space thin, regular or bold configurations could be shaped. The thin or more subtle interventions could serve as bicycle racks or notice-boards, where posters could be hung. The regular intervention forms seating areas, where students could sit, lay or eat. The bold interventions are larger clusters of this module that could be interpreted as outdoor informal classroom, or a space where students could play music or student societies could hold their meetings.