Corviale, or simply "Serpentone" (“Big Snake” in English) for the Romans, is certainly one of the most challenging architectural works made in post-war Italy. The original idea was to create a model of housing development that created a detachment from the urban model of Rome started in the 1960s with the building boom. With the bankruptcy of the construction company only the residential part was completed: the first homes were delivered in October 1982, but already some months earlier some 700 families occupied many apartments abusively.
It is made up of two one kilometres long buildings, nine levels, with large long balconies, courtyards and common spaces, and another smaller linear building that horizontally joins the first building by a bridge. Made up of two slats, a vertical and a smaller and a low horizontal, consists of 1200 apartments. Inside this symbol Corviale Piacca was born. Do you remember the historic Roman lab "Anticaja e Petrella" in the beautiful Campo dé Fiori district? Years later, it was forced to close to give room to the new housing needs of the old town, which had, over the years, forced to close the historic artisan shops of the neighborhood.
PIACCA (International Polo for Contemporary Arts and Crafts, Corviale - Arvalia), as a cultural association. It was born from a natural necessity of many Corviale neighborhood residents, tired of the advanced level of degradation and abandonment of numerous structures, linked to the Serpentone housing complex, ready to work together and give the boys, and not only, a chance. One of his historic members, Massimiliano Lustri, master restorer, decided to give birth to what was once one of the largest gathering points for art and art crafts lovers worldwide, to transfer his passion and skills in one of the areas considered most at risk in Capital.
The need that has pushed him, together with other PIACCA members, to start this great retraining project is due to the desire of many young people in the neighborhood to approach creative and manual activities so that new professional figures can be created.
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