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Davide Curatola Soprana

Madrid (ES)

Davide was born in Rome, Italy, in 1982. He graduated at La Sapienza’s School of Architecture after attending classes in Rome, Seville and Madrid. From 2011 to 2013 he expands his professional profile studying photography at the Institute of Cinematography R. Rossellini. In 2008 he gets in touch with the interesting history and culture of the Vatican world, working until 2015 as technical collaborator and cameraman at C.T.V. Vatican Television Center, responsible for images production, distribution and the archive of the Holy See’s activities.

Alessandro Guida

Rotterdam (NL)

Alessandro Guida was born in Turin, Italy, in 1976. Architect by training, he graduated in Turin, where he practices until 2008, when he moved to Rotterdam (NL). Since then, and after some collaborations with Dutch Architectural offices, he started his own company offering services of commercial photography in the architectural field. Since 2015 he devoted himself to the creation of personal photography projects, related to architecture and landscape. They have been exhibited and published at the Architecture Festival of Turin (July 2015), the XV International Venice Architecture Biennale (May-Nov 2016), the RAW Gallery in Rotterdam (Jan-Feb 2018).

Isabella Sassi Farìas

Como (IT)

Isabella Sassi Farìas was born in Como in 1978, where she currently lives. Due to her family origins she has both Italian and Chilean background and nationality. She studied architecture at the University IUAV in Venice and one year at the FAUP in Porto, where she soon developed an interest in photography, studying with Guido Guidi and Lewis Baltz. She works as an architectural and landscape photographer, focusing primarily on interiors, reuse, product design and exhibitions projects, as well as portraits and still life. She currently collaborates with magazines, architects and designers in Italy, Switzerland and abroad.

Viviana Rubbo

Rotterdam

Viviana is an architect and independent researcher. She has worked in Turin (IT) as an architect engaged in social planning and urban regeneration programs at the neighbourhood and city level and as coordinator of community-based development projects. Worldwide she has worked with INTA (International Urban Development Association), IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning) and INTI (International New Town Institute) responsible for international programs of knowledge exchange all over Europe, Asia and Latin America. Currently based in Rotterdam she was awarded the METREX Bernd Steinacher research Fellowship 2016-2018 exploring models of metropolitan governance in the European context in dialogue with local and regional representatives. She is co-founder of Urban Reports and since May 2019, she is a validated URBACT Lead expert.

Urban Reports

Urban Reports is a collective of documentary photographers and independent researchers working on architecture and landscape.
A European network of professionals able to activate partnerships and collaborations at the international level and develop projects and reportages at the urban and territorial scale.
Formed by photographers and researchers with a common background in architecture, based in different European cities, Urban Reports proposes the use of photography as a visual tool to investigate and explore contemporary landscapes. Born from a common desire to share each other’s professional experience and a vivid passion for urban chronicles, Urban Reports researches and documents today’s landscape condition.
Working simultaneously, yet from different contexts, the collective experiences a jointed and multifaceted cooperation that makes photography a reading tool for the contemporary identity of shifting territories and a visual evidence of how the habits, society and economy may influence and affect the space. The collective runs researches and documentation works and provides support to urban and territorial policies.

This is a time of radical changes where the acceleration of urban dynamics, territorial widening and increasing complexity of the governance and planning systems contribute to the transformation of the landscape. The forms of the space do not express any more values which are recognized and broadly shared. Relentless urbanization, soil consumption, impoverishment and depopulation of rural areas and the resulting socio-economic impact on the environment, come along with climate change’s effects and massive migration phenomena.

In addition the emergence of new economies, energy innovation, sustainable mobility, internet and big data are all factors which contribute to change the identity of our landscapes determining a dynamic redefinition of their collective imaginary. But how much do we know about our contemporary landscapes? How can we describe them? How to contribute to recompose a new territorial narrative?

Urban Reports seeks to recompose a more concrete landscape experience looking at the landscape as the true object of observation and exploration.

A working method to observe and understand territorial dynamics in support of other disciplines and in cooperation with commonly used tools such as demographic, socio-economic data and GIS. The goal is to contribute to the design process encouraging the reflection on the identity of the places and their possible scenarios of transformation. On the one hand, this approach opens up to new perspectives and new possibilities for analysis; on the other hand, it is powerful means of communication that can nurture a new collective imaginary and build a territorial narrative capable of reaching out a broad variety of actors and stakeholders, such as professionals working in the urban planning field, including a wider public. ─

Approach

– Realize “collective” photography campaigns to produce uniform and coherent photographic material.

Create a network of experts and international professionals having a say when talking about territories and landscape changes (urbanists, architects, geographers, historians, economists, anthropologists, sociologists, landscape designers) and work out the thematic contents of the photography campaign and elaborate a critical reading as a basis for shared reflection.

Activate thematic debates, public discussions and events about the landscape and its evolving nature.

Set up a platform that brings together cultural, public and private institutions, cities, civic and urban research centers and citizens to contaminate experiences and mutual knowledge.

Our approach lays on the awareness of the relevance of working together and in synergy with other disciplines. The Transdisciplinarity and the contamination of different and diverse methods are the founding elements of our action.

For each project, we activate local and international partnerships and cooperation, we compare different perspectives to encourage a joint and plural reflection starting with the slow and silent” analysis of documentary photography.

Objectives

Provide a visual analysis and a new layer of observation of the urban and spatial changes for a more comprehensive and exhaustive understanding of our shifting territories

Develop new knowledge through the combination of thematic and local expertise with the visual analysis of the photographic research

Increase the awareness around spatial changes and their implications

Support the development of new ideas and new visions through the elaboration of a new layer of analysis useful to engage debates and public discussions on the future of the territories

Elaborate a new territorial narrative on the contemporary landscapes

 

Publications

BOOKS

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Barbagia, Arcipelago Italia
LetteraVentidue publisher, 2019

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Rendering the collective in the circular city
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, 2019

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L’Altra Italia
Johan and Levi publisher, 2018

Arcipelago Italia
Quodlibet publisher, 2018

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Città incompiute
Rubbettino publisher, 2018

Exhibitions

Paesaggi sensibili. Parabita
WeLand – Photofest, Specchia (IT), 2019

Hiding landscape. Building landscape
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Spanish Pavilion, South Korea, 2019

L’Altra Italia
Ordine degli architetti di Varese, Varese (IT), 2019

L’Altra Italia
Ordine degli architetti di Como, Como (IT), 2019

Barbagia, Arcipelago Italia
Officine Manifattura Tabacchi, Cagliari (IT), 2019

L’Altra Italia
Isole, Torino (IT), 2019

Nuovi scenari alpini
Forte di Bard, Bard (IT), 2019

Arcipelago Italia
XVI Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia, Padiglione Italia, Venezia (IT), 2018

The Waiting City
Feest der Leegstand, Schiedam (NL), 2017

Corviale
Tracce dal limes, Festival di Architettura di Torino, Torino (IT), 2015

Events

11-12.10.2019
Forte di Bard – IT
Congresso CNAPPC ‘Progettare il Paese” 

3.10.2019 
Independent School for the City – Rotterdam – NL
New Territorial Narratives – Public Event 

27.09 – 06.10.19 
Dieci x dieci – Gonzaga Photography Festival
Gonzaga – IT

21.11.2018
Evento conclusivo della XVI Biennale di Architettura di Venezia e lancio del libro L’Altra Italia. Un racconto per immagini delle aree interne del paese
Padiglione Italia, Biennale di Architettura di Venezia

21.12.2018
Scuola di Architettura e Design di Ascoli Piceno – IT
Arcipelago Italia – Belice e Gibellina – Seminario 

08-09 2018
VIII Scuola di Sociologia del Territorio – Isola di Lampedusa – IT
Summer School 

26.01.2018
Nederlands Fotomuseum – Rotterdam – NL Photography and Landscape. Exploring territorial dynamics