The Power of the Archive. Renzo Piano Building Workshop
25-28 October 2018
Milano Design Film Festival
The archive of an architectural practice is a deposit of heterogeneous materials (drawings, models, documents, photographs, voice and audiovideo recordings, etc.) that reflect the identity and thinking of the architect and his or her design methods. It is capable of triggering new investigations and pathways, satisfying curiosities, sparking doubts and uncertainties, generating additional interpretations, and bringing the contents of history to the attention of future generations.
"Il Potere dell’Archivio. Renzo Piano Building Workshop,” a film directed by Francesca Molteni and curated by Fulvio Irace, narrates the creation, the structure, the organization, the function and the plans for the future of the Project Archive of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Some of the conceptual drawings and sketches, design drawings, models, renderings, working drawings and construction details are on display at the Fondazione Renzo Piano, while the rest is preserved in a 3000-sq m converted factory in Genoa. According to the persons in contact with the archival materials on a daily basis, whose job it is to safeguard and organize them, the RPBW is a place of experimentation. It is described by a metaphor of a seaport, in which materials come and go, with every exit and every return bringing with it something new, perhaps completely unexpected, that enriches its communication potential.
“Il Potere dell’Archivio” premiered in the UK on 22 September 2018, at the Royal Academy of Arts of London – which has been hosting the exhibition “Renzo Piano. The Art of Making Buildings” since September 15 – and in Italy on 5 October at the Museo MAXXI in Rome, on the occasion of the Open House festival of architecture. The film will also be shown at the Milano Design Film Festival (25-28 October 2018).
The film is promoted by UniFor in collaboration with the Molteni Museum.
Curated by: Fulvio Irace with the Fondazione Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Director: Francesca Molteni
Editing: Veronica Scotti
Executive producer: Claudia Adragna
Length: 35 minutes
Original music: Fabrizio Campanelli