2020Monument – A contemporary waste of space


Name: Edoardo Quattrucci

Nationality: Italy

Institution / Company: Università Degli Studi Di Ferrara


Name: Mario Sbardella

Nationality: Italy

Institution / Company: Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza


– EDITORIAL PICK of 2020 Monument Competition


In an increasingly globalized society, that is also technological and computerized, judgement and empathy struggle to settle as remarkable capacities of contemporary man. The continuous stimolation and exposure to an ever-growing number of news, events, images, have led us to an anesthetized capacity to lose temper and investigate ourself.
Injustice and egoism are the leading virtues of modernity. 

S.L.Sert, F.Legier, S.Giedion saids: “ Monuments are the expression of man’s highest cultural needs. They have to satisfy the eternal demand of the people for translation of their collective force into symbols. The most vital monuments are those which express the feeling and thinking of this collective force-the people.”

In this context, is it possible to think about making a monument that really has the qualities to be defined as such?

We failed.

Nevertheless, we have not shirked from proposing an idea, a project that, during the genesis, we realized to be an anti-monument: a public space. It is circular, 1 meter high and can be accessed by a ramp that surrounds it. We have chosen a public space because it is a place, a symbol of interaction, a manifestation of action and ideas. A fair, equal space, a community space, a human being space.


#PoliticalUseOfPublicSpace, #Anti-PrivatizationOfPublicSpaces, #FreeOpenSpace, #InteractionBetweenDifferentGenerations, #ResilientSpace

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