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GROWTH OVER GROWTH


















The full video of the Growth Over Growth Exhibition, 21st Triennale, Milan 2016.

Drawings by Stefan Davidovici, background photos by Stefano Gusmeroli.

GROWTH OVER GROWTH @TRIENNALE











GROWTH. OVERgrowth.
Exploring growth and Milan through imaginary architecture

a series of imaginary architecture drawings by Stefan Davidovici in dialogue with photos by Stefano Gusmeroli in exhibition at the CALL OVER 35, 21stTriennale, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan June 22 to July 31 2016




...it is in the guise of fiction that one can more easily and relentlessly tell the truth.”


Robert D. Kaplan, In Europe's Shadow



Selected for the Call over 35 section of the 21st Milan Triennale, GROWTH.OVERgrowth is a series of drawings of imaginary architecture by Stefan Davidovici put in contrast with Stefano Gusmeroli's photos of the urban environment of Milan.
The drawings and images are literally 'growing' together, under the eyes of the viewer.
They raise questions about the mechanism that makes architectural spaces alive – the very fact that, like us, they are born, evolve, get old and finally disappear, subject to the very flow of life and history.
The photos and the drawings are intimately related. They grow together. The two media are contrasting but are in a clear, active, living dialogue.



HUMAN MAPS 1-3, 2016

















































The Human Maps start with the dreams of a dog, of course.
:-)
We perceive reality in a complex way that changes over time and combines our direct perceptions with patterns and abstract notions. The way we conceive the architectural space that 'matters' - the one that 'hiddes a story' - is a direct reflection of this complex perception.

GREEN MARS ARCHITECTURES



















I have started drawing architectures on Mars just because it is so wonderfully empty. 
What I draw, I have no idea, certainly they are not functions I understand. For sure they are not NASA bases or anything like that, I don't even know if those buildings are made by humans or not. It doesn't matter. 
Architecture is powerful and meaningful in itself, this is what is important for me. 
Even more, in dialogue with such a pristine environment. 
But during the time I have started to understand that this dialogue with nature also means, kind of violating it. Parasite, life is just a parasite, grown abusively on the geological endless tranquility. Maybe geology should just be left alone.


MARS ARCHITECTURES, THE NEW SERIES, 2015
























The new series of collages commissioned by ESH Gallery in Milan.

A series of imaginary architectures exploring the expressivity or Architectural space. In stark contrast - and in a deeply respectful dialogue - with the pristine, mercyless setting of a place impossibly far and however so familiar.

The drawings are fully hand-made perspectives drawn on recycled paper with ink/china. The original sizes vary from 30x20cm to 70 x 40cm.
The background photos (Copyright NASA/ JPL-Caltech) are courtesy of our eyes on Mars, the tireless rovers, which bring another world so close to us. Even after all these years I still can't get over the sense of wonder created by these images. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with them.

MARS ARCHITECTURES AT ESH GALLERY, MILAN, 14.04-3.05 2015



























The Mars series of drawings will be on show at Esh Gallery, in via Forcella 7, Tortona Area, Milan from April 14th to May 3rd 2015.

RUSHING UP. LANDED, 9, MILAN 2014

















a drawing commissioned by the Uncube Magazine for 'Urban Commons', their 20th issue.


From the dead depths of the planet, rushing up in a frozen eruption, the entrails of Milan blindly overtake us on their way to the sky.

background image by Stefano Gusmeroli.

LANDED, 10


YOU DIDN'T WIN, MR. HAUSSMANN, 5















Whatever we do, fixed order will always remain just a fragile achievement - the world simply doesn't want to keep frozen in stable configurations.
Always new forces will keep shaping cities.
Haussmann's radical interventions in 19th century's Paris are a perfect example of a new order imposed over an old one.
But any new layer will be in turn overwritten by another one.

No, these structures are not free of practicality. But they answer to practical needs we just can't figure out now. We can't understand future urban structures and their raison d'être more than Robin Hood could understand a Jumbo Jet.

But we can draw them.

(YOU DIDN'T WIN, MR. HAUSSMANN, 5 has been comissioned for the If Only series of articles of the FX Magazine and published in January 2014.)


LANDED@NORDEST - drawings on show in Milan!



































after all this time on line, here we are with an actual show of the drawings!

LANDED@NORDEST - I DISEGNI MARZIANI DI STEFAN DAVIDOVICI will be on show until the beginning of December 2013 at the popular Caffè NordEst, via Borsieri 35 in Isola, Milan.
You are invited to join the opening party, scheduled for Thursday November 7th 2013 at 8PM.

Here is a brief clip (in Italian) about the drawings and about the show:

MARS ARCHITECTURES, 24


LANDED, 8






















ghost spaces above the foggy streets of Milan

DISEGNARE LO SPAZIO - ABOUT TEACHING DRAWING


'disegnare lo spazio' is Italian for 'drawing the space'.

about teaching.

all architecture projects, no matter what their function or scale is, have to do with 'carving' the architectural space. the architectural space is the matter of our work in the same measure as the stone or wood are the matter of work for sculptors.

we identify three clear, successive steps:

1 - to fully perceive the architectural space
2 - to know how to represent it
3 - to design it.

by learning/ improving the first two steps, architects can fundamentally improve the most important , the design of space- the core of our profession and the feature that makes Architecture an Art.

the very same principle, based on the deep reflection involved required by drawing, applies also to the observation and representation of objects in Design-related context.

this is the main object of the courses and drawing workshops and courses I have been offering mainly in two complementary environments; academic at Milan's NABA Design Program and as continuing education at the Fondazione dell'Ordine degli Architetti di Milano.

besides the academic and continuing-education context I am also at the core of the 3 to 4-hours long free drawing sessions of sketchmob (organized here in Italy with Arkipelag and Alterstudio Partners), the Italian version of the British event inititated by our friend and mentor, Professor Trevor Flynn.

more about the workshops and events can be found here.




FROM MY DESK, MILAN 2013























for once, a space that already exists. view from my office desk, milan 2013

MARS ARCHITECTURES, REVIEWED



















why not land the drawings on actual Mars, in the same way they do in Milan or Paris in the Landed series.
all the background photos courtesy of our eyes on Mars, the tireless rovers, which bring another world so close to us. even after all these years I still can't get over the sense of wonder created by these images. copyright NASA/ JPL-Caltech.

MAPS, 6






















The MAPS are: tree-like, three-dimensional, what cities teach when seen from the airplane, aplications of universal network patterns, drawn in a train on recycled paper, aparently random but actually highly ordered, mandalas of complex realities, road maps for whoever is able to read them.

UNTITLED, 2012