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Tortona Stories - B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
  • Tortona Stories - B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
Tortona Stories - B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy

B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
B22 is an architecture practice, committed to produce fresh design concepts for complex programs at any scale. More in detail, B22 provides architecture, interior design, urban and landscape design for clients both from the public and private sector: clients are supplied with multidisciplinary solutions, suitable for specific programs and projects requirements. Recent work by the practice includes the Kingdom of Bahrain pavilion at the 12th (Golden Lion award, best national participation) and 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and a 56 dwellings social housing building in Milan, Italy (Gold Medal for
Italian Architecture, First work award; Italian Architecture Young Talent Prize, Nominated).

Stefano Tropea  (Padova, 1983) after studying architecture and urban design at the Università Iuav di Venezia and at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, has worked for Cino Zucchi Architetti in Milano, and for Claus en Kaan Architecten and SeARCH in Amsterdam. Co-founder of B22, he’s currently teaching assistant at Politecnico di Milano and member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Architects of Milan.

Project Description

Tortona Stories is an exploration of the Italian countryside through the transect of mountaintop to river plain. The project traces discrete phenomena in the Tortona region, where entrepreneurs and businesses, motivated by economic, administrative, and cultural forces are shaping the countryside through the products they make. Tortona Stories looks at how products, and by proxy the countryside, are mediated by these broader forces, manifested in a network of seemingly unrelated objects: guides, product catalogues, government laws, news clippings, prizes, brochures, etc. Ultimately, the countryside is a product of this mediation, birthed from words, images, laws, and ideas. The exhibition selects a case-study area where the Plain, the Hills and the Mountains give a schematic reading of the Italian countryside and can be perceived as an example of a more general condition. The exhibition is made by a simple composition of old pieces of furniture and a table, where different objects referred to the typical production of the Tortona region and representative of the tradition and lifestyles of the territory are located, combined with captions and interpretative diagrams. The exhibition space is crowned by photographs, soothed in loco by Filippo Romano and Daniele Iodice and held on panels above the furnitures.

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