hacking gomorra // productive cities

: naples (italy)

team: paolo cascone (architect) with  -  flavio galdi - elena ciancio - andrea giglio 



after gangsterism
_ known worldwide for their appearance in the book and film gomorra about the camorra syndicate, naples’ vele di scampia (sails of scampia) are systematically identified as an example of “failed architecture”. designed and built by Italian architect franz di salvo between 1962 and 1975, the vele mega- structures are still a major centre for drug trafficking and illegal activities, which inspired director matteo garrone to shoot his vio lent and depressing film gomorra inside and around the estate.

“systems generating other systems”_
 the project focus on the vela b building (one of the 7 buildings, 3 were demolished between 1997 and 2003) as a case study of urban re-generation possible hacking strategy. the strategy propose a participatory process based on the interaction between social innovation and innovation technology. the existing building is considered as an urban infrastructure to be hacked by the local community. collaborative design laboratories, self-construction and digital fabrication processes will be the driver involving locals to re-design the interiors and the façade integrating new productive activities. the structural components of the new parasitic constructions will be 3d printed recycling the material the demolished vele’s building of the surrounding. 



self-sufficiency_the residual space in between the two blocks of the vela b is used as wind channel for energy production through wind turbines. the south terraces will also produce energy trough a photovoltaic brise-soleil system.

social innovation
 _the project will transform the building in a mixed use infrastructure. new housing solutions and laboratories for creative start-ups will be developed as an extrusion of the structure generated by 3d printed customised modules using recycled materials.



creative factories
_the vela b will host the urban fablab project, the biggest platform for digital fabrication economy in Italy. the lab will be a school as well as a platform to support the growth of local start-ups in different fields, from architecture to bio-medical etc.

productive terraces
_the terraces of the building will become an artificial landscape, a space of relation and production using phyto-depurated water for bio-agriculture activities and public swimming pools. some of the terraces will be re-shaped for skate park and play grounds.










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