Renzo Piano transforms Italy’s cities one shipping container at a time

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Renzo Piano transforms Italy's cities one shipping container at a time

In August 2013 Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano was named “Senator for life” by the President of Italy and he has since been busy spending his political funds on a quest to rescue the periphery areas of Italy’s major cities.

That quest has seen him establish a team of six young architects, changed on a yearly basis, who have spent the past 12 months under the tuition of Massimo Alvisi, Mario Cucinella and Maurizio Milan exploring alternatives for urban renewal in Italy.

Their base, dubbed “G124” after Piano’s parliament office number in Rome, is located within the administration building of the Le Vele di Scampia, a decaying affordable housing complex in Naples that was designed in the mid ’60s and has since become a symbol of failed architecture.

“Under the Viaduct” is the first project we have seen from the team and involves the reinvigoration of an area under Viadotto dei Presidenti in northeast Rome which had been abandoned for years.

The project will include upcycled containers used to house local workshops, urban furniture made of tyres and six art installations. ….