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In 1999 a group of students at the Faculty of Architecture at "La Sapienza" University in Rome put together a design magazine called "2a+p" that was published for only three, significant, issues: "Body" (1999), "Home" (2000), "Landscape" (2001). The editorial board was conceived as a collaborative network, led by Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo, and included Tommaso Arcangioli, Domenico Cannistraci, Lorenzo Castagnoli, Pietro Chiodi, Valerio Franzone and Angelo Grasso. The group was representative of a generation of young architects that were experiencing the Internet revolution and were rediscovering the architettura radicale movement as well as the situationist positions on architecture. That's how, along with the magazine, 2a+p were among the first in Italy to make use of digital video to discuss architecture.

That's the case of "Bubblehouse", a clip made by Bombaci and Costanzo to put a story originally published on the 2a+p magazine into video. "Bubblehouse" is a speculation about the limits of tecnology, at a time when enthusiam for digital media was strong also within the architectural realm. First released in the form of a photo story, "Bubblehouse" was then developed into a video. The experience of the 2A+P group, outlined in the book "GR - Generazione della rete" (published in 2003 and edited by the group in collaboration with Marco Brizzi and Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi), came to an end when the editorial board became an architectural firm: the 2A+P/A studio.

Currently composed by Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo, and established in Rome in 2006, 2A+P/A is devoted to the same topics that were featured on "2a+p" magazine. The studio is specialized in architectural and landscape design, but also works in urban planning, having a particular interest in the nature and conditions of public space. Bombaci and Costanzo deal with various scales of space and time, spanning from ephemeral architecture for events and exhibitions to city planning. Besides their ability as urban planners, "Castrum", released in 2009, lets us appreciate their video-making skills. "Castrum" is a video deeply controlled in the subject and in the editing, and was produced to describe the masterplan for the city of Tartu (Estonia) which the group designed to participate in the Europan 8 competition. The video shows the project's main concept, based on the multiple use of a basic grid, after introducing it by means of a collective story made with video fragments collected on the Web: the collage, which is an evergreen for architectural representations, shifted here from still images to moving ones.

Their interest in ecology and landscape can be experienced in their most recent video "5 minutes stoppage time". This clip deals with the condition of the Italian landscape and has been conceived as a video infographic. The interest 2A+P/A has for architecture as the stage for our daily activities is also manifest in their drawings, which never show just the geometries, the building tecniques or the materials, but most importantly present the events and activities that the buildings or the public spaces they design shall accommodate. To get full insight into 2A+P/A's approach to architecture it may be useful to take a look at their book "Alternative Destinies" (DAMDI, "Design Documents Series" collection n. 38). Presenting a selection of their most representative works, including both competition entries and built projects, the book gives an overview of the career of 2A+P/A and lets the reader understand how a project can tell its story while telling the story of what surrounds it.

Clips by 2A+P/A

Strips including clips by 2A+P/A

New Cyprus Museum
Duration clock dark 01:49 min

New Cyprus Museum

Published on Jun 01, 2017
Globalized Bauhaus
Duration clock dark 02:06 min

Globalized Bauhaus

Published on Jun 01, 2017
5 MINUTES STOPPAGE TIME. A chance to rethink urban growth
Duration clock dark 08:09 min
Castrum
Duration clock dark 06:40 min

Castrum

Published on Oct 24, 2014