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Intensive Agricultural Incubator

project for Kolkata slums

Calcutta, India

According to U.N. surveys, inhabitants of Kolkata’s slums perceive the lack of infrastructural facilities as condition to escape from their poverty. Nonetheless they have developed a very sophisticated social network based on mutual help, community exchanges, education and spaces’ negotiation.

The project aims to build up an operative infrastructure that acts directly at lower scale, capable of adapting to several conditions, evolving and proliferating. An incubator of activity that will stimulate the social cooperation within slum’s communities. A micro-infrastucture organization generates intense agricultural procedures (the inhabitants of the slums left the field to move in the city for better conditions) as an economical set-up.

The main basic component is a recycled pipe, constitued by two sub-units: an artificial and a biological part. Such component operates as a machine, engaging different programs as water phytodepuration, water filtering, vegetal cropping, rice and wheat farming, and organic waste treatment. Clusters of components organize ecological cycles, calibrated on the necessities of singles, families and sub-collectives.

This organization is an open social interaction: mutual exchanges or program interfecences catalyze multiple scenarios of evolution. Each macro unit becames a sensible organism that triggers sustainable processes, promotes slum’s identity and operates within principles of self-organization.

Kolkata Incubator Concept
kolkata incubator concept


Concept Design at IaaC

Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya

Master of Advanced Architecture 2006-7

project of Berardo Matalucci

tutor: Jorge Godoy Roman, Izaskun Chinchilla

Intensitá Lente

Riqualificazione della fascia costiera sud di Gallipoli dal piazzale torre San Giovanni alla torre di Punta Pizzo


Il progetto si configura quale riscontro alla richiesta di formulazione di una proposta generale di ridisegno e sistemazione dell’area coincidente con la fascia costiera sud di Gallipoli, dal Piazzale Torre San Giovanni alla Torre di punta Pizzo, rispondendo puntualmente agli obiettivi assunti dall’Amministrazione Comunale al fine della compatibilità urbanistica, salvaguardia paesaggistica e conformità edilizia; ovvero di provvedere affinché tali requisiti siano raggiunti in vista delle esigenze dell’ente territoriale uniformando le infrastrutture preesistenti e di nuova realizzazione ricadenti lungo la fascia costiera.

Gli interventi proposti, al fine della regolarizzazione urbanistica ed amministrativa di cui sopra, riguardano la puntualizzazione delle destinazioni d’uso delle aree esterne circostanti le strutture esistenti e quelle di progetto, l’eliminazione dei detrattori e l’integrazione dell’apparato naturalistico che caratterizza l’intera area, al fine della contestuale fruizione e salvaguardia del bene.

Concept / Intensitá Lente

Il progetto rispondendo alle esigenze dell’ Amministrazione locale, avanza una proposta d’intervento per la valorizzazione ambientale del territorio a fini turistici attraverso la creazione diun percorso turistico sostenibile in cui si alternano aree attrezzate e infrastrutture di servizio che nelle strutture architettoniche, nei materiali usati, e nella gestione stessa si presentino eco-compatibili, ovvero nel rispetto dei principi della sostenibilità ambientale.

Partendo da un’analisi di Valutazione d’Impatto Ambientale si è valutata la possibilità di realizzare dei percorsi e delle attrezzature finalizzate alla fruibilità e valorizzazione dell’area all’interno di un sito naturalistico di interesse comunitario (SIC) . Si tratta del “litorale di Gallipoli – Isola Sant’Andrea”, un sito complesso caratterizzato da diverse unità ambientali con forti valenze floristiche e vegetazionali che, il progetto renderebbe fruibile nel rispetto della sostenibilità.



progetto del parco



Competition, 2009

Gallipoli, LE

Team: Alfredo Foresta (team leader), Ester Annunziata, Michele Martina, Tiziano Panareo, Fabiano Spano, Berardo Matalucci, Roberto Lopalco, Tiziano Furio

Collaborators: Francesca Cofano, Marcello Solferino

2g Competition

The Urban and Geological environment of the Venice Lagoon is probably one of the most densely layered places on the Mediterranean coast: a history of ever changing states of material and social stability, natural forces opposition, organic development and continental tectonic processes. A water-land territory marked by the sign of nature’s convulsions, conquers, domination and control.

The history of Venice and of the Venitian republic is strongly related to the lagoon existence: the choice of the islands in the lagoon for the foundation of Venice, the republican form of organization, the domination on the Mediterranean and the conquer of the interior land to move out the rivers and to preserve the lagoon existence.

Addressing the ecological, social and symbolic complexity of such a stratified environment: we propose the designation of strategic dynamic and adaptive regions in the form of performative stages. Where through the incorporation of differentiated but orchestrated prototype clusters, an Urban Circus is unfolded. The circus, a universal form of time-space organization and social congregation is taken here as both: a metaphor in which an extraordinary collection of varieties, gymnastics, acrobatics and social narratives coexist, and also as a dynamic model of convergence; where a consistent repertoire of co-evolutionary spaces is generated by the deployment of land, air and water engaged prototypes, in a series of choreographic urban events and infrastructures that take place in the Lagoon’s estuarine system.

The Urban Circus Dynamic Planning Strategy is conceived by the interaction of three main systems of organization concerning the lagoon ecologies:


Proto-conditions are the multiple observed and collected dynamic phenomena regarding the lagoon complexity and its interactions. They act as conceptual, cultural and material feeders in order to create a consistent pool of knowledge for the incorporation and orchestration of prototypes.

Prototypes Genealogies

Genealogies of differential prototypes are proposed as large and minor infrastructures to populate, proliferate and get incarnated within the lagoon ecology. The prototypes as rich and complex structures, address five basic criteria in their internal organizational system as a resulting state of the proto-conditions manipulation.

Field of action: the hydro, terrestrial or aerial environment where prototypes exist and evolve.

Programmatic nature: the social, cultural and economic context where prototypes are conceived as strategies, events, large or minor infrastructures.

Form of management and timeline: the different kinds of community, political and participatory involvement that a prototype has in its constitutive and life-span cycle.

Assembling: issues related to the potential material or strategic development of a prototype.

Performative Stages and Hydrodynamic Models

These adaptive and temporary regions are demo-sites or testing beds for the proposed prototypical actions. They emerge from specific observed forms of mutualism between land and water systems and the anchoring of the prototypes within the lagoon. Such a form of mutualism is defined here as an Hydrodynamic Model, in which a land-water negotiation pattern is recognized as a primary form of spatial organization.

Sacca San Mattia: A Performative Stage case study

The incorporation of prototypes in Sacca S. Mattia related to contemporary Venice touristic, economical, environmental and managerial contingencies is taken as a pilot case study within the dynamic planning strategy establish by the project. The strategic positioning of Sacca S. Mattia in the axis that connects the north part of Venice, the new door of Venice, with the airport, makes of this site the most accessible one of the lagoon to the city and to the main international connections.

In this sense Sacca S. Mattia is a physical node, that can concentrate fluxes of people coming from Venice and from abroad. But is also a conceptual node between the local dynamics of the lagoon and the global dynamics of tourism and environment.

One specific prototype plays the rule of “gate” of all this complex system: the carbon trade market.

The other prototypes summarize the topics of services for tourism, for the lagoon observation and for events.


Type: Design Competition 2007

Fabiano Spano, Berardo Matalucci, Enrico Crobu, Vasileios Ntovros, Guillermo Ivan Lopez, AER studio, Jorge Godoy Roman

Location: Venice Lagoon, Italy