CAN ARCHITECTURE BE ROCK?
For the architect Massimo Roj founder of PROGETTO CMR, an Integrated Engineering company, and his band (with Marco Ferrario and Antonella Mantica) certainly yes. And also for the curator Fortunato D'Amico with whom he created a surprising book entitled Rocktecture, a neologism that brings back to the surface the influence that revolutionary music had on the young students of polytechnics of the ‘70 and on all the culture of the years to come. And it prompted them to forget the teachings of their famous masters to venture on the path of an innovative and breaking architecture.
Rocktecture has nothing to do with the books illustrating the latest buildings and urban solutions of the archistars, they emphasize, and often exalt, the constructive and technical characteristics, they browse through rigorous pages and impeccable images.
No, this book is different, the pages seem composed to the sound of the drums, each sheet could be the cover of a record, each photo is freely treated with a freedom pop, or better rock. A book that sounds loud, no noise.
It tells, it’s true, twenty-five years of activity of what is a studio considered among the best one hundred in the world through buildings, objects, projects, quotes and tributes to the most famous rockers who, without knowing it, have conditioned their choices. But he does it at his own pace, almost every page matching a song. Because- as Massimo Roj writes - «Yes, he himself. The Rock, is the indomate animal that nourished our dreams in the years of growth, gave a rhythmic breath to the hopes and ambitions confused in the head, clothes of humanitarian ideals pursued wearing tennis shoes for a journey into real and imaginary worlds. On The Road again, as the words of the 1970 Canned Heat song suggest. Rock'n'Roll has started the engine and started a social, technological, humanitarian progress, questionable or not, of which we were all protagonists and in part also designers and architects of the next developments».
At this point the question is a must: what kind of architecture could ever arise from rap and trap?
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