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Being in the World, Being of the World

Part 2 Project 2014
Serafina Cariglino
Universita di Roma Sapienza Roma Italy
"I knew I had engendered him mortal": this was the answer Anaxagoras, in the V century B.C., gave to the person who informed him about his son’s death. An apparently chilling answer, almost inhuman for its rough obviousness. Yet, this answer does not simply betray an abstract and cynical rationalism. This lowest truth, this violent awareness are the gap which accesses not only to the space of theoretical reflections but also to the dig of feelings which have always accompanied that act, always brave, with which the man looks to death: the rational consideration as the religious one, the tragic one as the comforting one, that of an “heroic” ethics as that of a “common” ethics, are all perspective directives which put the man, in his being mankind and species, “in relation” with himself, with his fellow men and the world in which he dwells and from which, in a certain way, he is dwelt. The hypothesis which I attempted to prove is an analogical extension of this perspective through the composition of a cemetery architectural space, in the awareness of the complex heterogeneity of the possible relationships between man and world.

In this perspective I avoided, in the compositional phase, every kind of seriality, of valued symmetry, of perspective centrality, on behalf of an attention to the natural morphological peculiarities of the places involved in the planning. The architecture which results from it should help man to identify himself in it entailing a creative, interpretative and dialogical act, by the side of the user of the space. Therefore, rather than impose a set of buildings in addition to the natural space, I preferred opening a gap into the land, without doing violence, suggesting the living, who are the real users of the cemetery space, the possibility of a primitive dialogue.

Not a set of serial burial recesses, but a strong presence of vegetation which absorbs the burial recesses which are organized in a diffuse way. Heterogeneous spaces and different views become the essential elements in that interpretative process, and so creative, which man establishes with the place he crosses.

Serafina Cariglino


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