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ALBULA

ALBULA
ALBULA
Photo by Antonio Barrella
ALBULA
ALBULA

Talking to someone who has only just entered the creativity market is not always a lot of laughs: it is a “narrow” market, often with few opportunities and scarce possibilities for earning money. In a certain way, it is a competition of nervous and emotional resilience. There are exceptions, however, and many can be found in this book. Meeting Deltastudio, for example, was an electrifying experience.

Dario Pompei, Valerio Galeone and Saverio Massaro are three architects, all around the age of thirty, who can maintain their desire to innovate in a treacherous market, and they had an incredible 2016. To start with, they were finalist at YAP MAXXI 2016 with “Albula”, an interactive, pragmatic, visionary urban device. Do you remember the big boats on the Tiber, the ones with the big mill on the side that appear in old sepia photos? Thanks to the kinetic force of water, they produced energy for the city. Why not return the favour decades later?

The Tiber is the most cumbersome and ignored presence in Rome, the city forgotten symbol: dirty, unused, unsuitable for swimming. Albula, starting from this crisis – a typical Deltastudio approach —, brings the Tiber into the public place and offers visitors the chance to contribute in recovering “il biondo” (“the blonde”). As water passing through the blades of the mill gave energy to the city, people – by playing, living and walking through Albula – can generate the energy with which the water is purified, passing through the sacks full of plants and life forms that can eliminate the pollutants. The result is a game that creates awareness of an aquatic world and natural resources that can be recovered and optimised.

As if to underline the community spirit of Albula, the project was distributed in Creative Commons: anyone — and in any part of the world —can contribute to making it real.

The story has been written by Andrea Pergola, writer.

 

 

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