Javier Corvalan


To see beyond
The O2 Factory

Guest Professor
Javier Corvalan

Sergio Ruggeri and Marco Ballarin

It is surprising how the procedure of structuring the land/water border of an island could be similarly applied to the mainland, without considering their origin or function. It is even more surprising if their similarity is related to a matter of scale. Venice, medieval, designed and built according to the functional mobility unit of a gondola, and the Other Venice, modern, designed for the mobility of a transatlantic.

Manzanas and Supermanzanas relate with South American cities as canals and super-canals relate with the “Venices”. Is it possible to think of a “new modernity” for Venice (V.Gregotti, 1998), or of a Super-Venice? The scale and the formal matrix are representations of the idea of modernity: which kind of modernity could be imagined for the future of Venice? The historical Venice strengthened according to trade developments, and when this condition dramatically changed, depriving Venice of its centrality, new sustenance was found in the development of the large industrial system of ​​Porto Marghera, development model of the 20th century.

But, once again, everything has changed… Facing the exhaustion of both oil and its development model, we wonder: on what will the future trade paradigm be based? Water? Oxygen? The other Venice already represents a remarkable infrastructure, a huge fixed asset that can be reused. Venice has no need for housing or cultural infrastructures outside its borders: we don’t aim at emptying Venice of Venetians to sell it to the world. We will imagine another Porto Marghera for the Other Venice, a Great Venice for sustainable production. From a polluting to a depolluting production: not much limitation or revocation of harmful substances but rather production of health and wellness. Imagining that production cycles, even the architectural one, could turn into a natural cycle, synthesis operation, almost photosynthesis: production of oxygen.

Vedere oltre
La Fabbrica di O2

Javier Corvalan

Sergio Ruggeri e Marco Ballarin

Stupisce come il modello di strutturazione del bordo terra/acqua di un’isola possa avere delle analogie con quello della terra ferma a prescindere dalla loro origine o funzione. Stupisce ancora di più se la somiglianza è legata ad una questione di scala. Venezia medioevale, pensata e costruita in base al modulo funzionale di mobilità di una gondola e l’Altra Venezia, moderna, progettata per la mobilità di un transatlantico.

Le Manzanas e le Supermanzanas stanno alle città sudamericane come i canali e i super-canali stanno alle “Venezie”. E’ possibile pensare ad una Venezia della “nuova modernità” (V.Gregotti, 1998) o ad una Super-Venezia? La scala e le matrici formali costituiscono delle rappresentazioni dell’idea di modernità: quale modernità è possibile immaginare per la futura Venezia? Venezia storica si consolida con lo sviluppo del commercio, e quando questo cambia radicalmente e toglie a Venezia la sua centralità, trova nuovo sostento nello sviluppo del grande sistema industriale di Porto Marghera, modello di sviluppo del XX secolo.

Ma, ancora una volta, tutto è di nuovo cambiato… Di fronte all’esaurimento del petrolio e del suo modello di sviluppo ci chiediamo quale sarà il commercio del futuro? Sarà l’acqua? Sarà l’ossigeno? L’Altra Venezia costituisce già una grandissima infrastruttura, un enorme capitale fisso può essere riutilizzato. Venezia non ha bisogno di abitazioni al di fuori di sé e non c’è bisogno di infrastrutture culturali fuori Venezia: non contribuiamo a svuotare Venezia dai veneziani per venderla al mondo. Immagineremo un’altra Porto Marghera per un’Altra Venezia, una Grande Venezia per la produzione sostenibile. Dalla produzione inquinante alla produzione disinquinante: non tanto limitazione o annullamento di sostanze nocive ma produzione di salute e benessere. Pensare che il ciclo produttivo, anche architettonico, possa tradursi in ciclo naturale, operazione di sintesi, quasi clorofilliana: produzione di ossigeno.

5 comments on “Javier Corvalan
  1. G.Tomaello says:

    ..fell in love with the topic…
    I definitely want to participate in this ws!
    i need to change.. the office gave me another professor..

  2. Virna Rossetto says:

    J.Corvalan was and is still now my first choice. I was enchanted by the way this architect deals with Venice: its origins and peculiarities compared with the others world’s country, but in the same time the need to change adopting a different point of view, in order to create an Other Venice, a Greater Venice connected with nature.The office decided for me a different teacher but I hope to work with your team.

    Virna Rossetto

  3. Lisa Crosera says:

    Dear Javier Corvalan,
    I found your programme for the workshop quite interesting and I wish I could have attended your tutorials.
    I am contacting you to check with you if I could join your class.
    Thanks and best regards.
    Lisa Crosera (276371)

  4. alberta benedetti says:

    I’m very interested in topics your workshop is about. I really would like to join your workshop group even though I was assigned to another professor. Is it possible?

  5. Valentina Cattelan says:

    Dear Professor Corvalan,
    I am Valentina Cattelan (271594), a student of your workshop.
    I am writing you because I am still in Erasmus in Germany and I will take part at your workshop only from Wednesday 3rd July. It is important for me to let you know this, hoping you can understand why in the next first days I will be not in class.

    Thank you for the attention.
    Best regards
    Valentina Cattelan

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