Urban Fields, Roma
– Daniele Mancini and Urban Fields

Simple, minimal, almost intimate gestures. Over anonymous moments of everyday life. Space changes. Intention reveals what has been hidden: the shape of the sun, the thickness of the air, the relations among things, the tale of the soul. Paradoxical, surreal, spontaneous. Fast transformations like mirroring a sunlight over a building facade or swinging up and down suspended on a tree. Nomadic landscapes made of wind blows captured into transparent capsules. Simple, minimal, almost intimate gestures. Liberating gestures soon disappearing… and all those moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain…

— Mancini, D. (2010) (curated by), Urban Fields. Aesthetic experiments for Urban Appropriation, Vol. 01–2009, New York: Lulu (www.lulu.com) ISBN 978-1-4461-4957-7 http://www.academia.edu/2152783/Campi_Urbani._Azioni_Performances_Happenings_Installazioni_di_Urban_Fields_nella_Dimensione_Pubblica_e_Sociale
— Mancini, D. (2010) (curated by), Inflating DIY Cookbook, New York: Lulu (www.lulu.com)ISBN 978-1-4461-6014-5 http://www.academia.edu/3053811/CICCIO._Avventura_Open_Source

Urban Fields, Roma was presented in Urban Transcripts 2011, “Rome, the accidental city” exhibition and conference, in Rome, Italy, December 2011.

The video shows some of the many experiments of urban appropriation in Roma with the students of the Faculty of Architecture of Roma La Sapienza.

Daniele Mancini (Roma, 1974), architect, is interested in fueling the cultural debate on contemporary design agenda as an educator, architect, designer, art director, curator, researcher, critic and essayist always looking for vivid, clear, yet original and radical horizons practicing and crossing many fields of creativity. Daniele holds a Ph.D. in Theory of Architecture from Facoltà di Architettura di Roma La Sapienza, a Master in Interaction Design, he is also qualified as Associate Professor in Architecture Design and he’s currently involved teaching activities at IED Istituto Europeo di Design, in Roma. He’s been visiting teacher among others at NABA Milano, Architectural Association London, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles.

Urban Fields is an open network of international creatives from different disciplines based in Rome, Italy starting 2009. The main activity of the group is to explore the physical and social controversial condition of the contemporary metropolitan realm through spontaneous, instant and temporary appropriations of neglected public space.


Volume 1, no. 1 March 2017