I ♥ PdZ. Microeconomies looking for their own cities

Thesis project of urban regeneration in Roma

The book selects the best final projects from the Design Studio at the IV year of the School of Architecture in Roma La Sapienza I held in 2010/11 called “I ♥ PdZ // I Love Piani di Zona”. The theme of the year was about strategies of urban and social renovation of the “law 167 neighborhoods”, the social and economic development of residential area according to the law n.167/1962 in the outskirts of Rome focusing on unexpressed requests of space and services from communities involved in microeconomic processes of self-sustainability by the local Authorities. The subtitle we gave to this research project was “microeconomies looking for their own cities”, meaning the challenge of architects to shape not just architecture but also interpreting the ever changing social and economic trends heavily affecting the contemporary urban condition.

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Questa pubblicazione contiene i progetti elaborati con gli studenti del Laboratorio di Progettazione Architettonica ed urbana IV che ho tenuto presso la Facoltà di Architettura di Roma La Sapienza durante il semestre invernale 2010/11. Il laboratorio è stato intitolato “”I PdZ // I Love Piani di Zona”. Il tema d’anno ha riguardato progetti e strategie di riqualificazione urbana nei quartieri 167 della periferia romana che hanno cercato di “dare spazi e architetture” alle (in)espresse potenzialità delle comunità locali attivate dalle amministrazioni comunali tramite processi microeconomici ed auto organizzativi. Il sottotitolo che abbiamo scelto è stato “Microeconomie in cerca di Città ” sottintendendo appunto la sfida che l’architettura si deve porre nell’interpretare le richieste di nuove e vecchie comunità in trasformazioni alla ricerca di più efficienti ed equi modelli di sostenibilità nel mondo in crisi di oggi.


// What is

UNPACKED Studio is a professional practice based in Rome (Italy) operating within the traditional fields of architecture and urban planning but also interested in exploring the contemporary through other creative approaches.

// What we do

UNPACKED Studio provides services in the fields of Design, Communication, Architecture, Urban Planning, Participatory Process, Innovative Education and Research.

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// Mission

UNPACKED Studio is a common ground for speculations over cross-fertilizing projects involving several professionals from diverse disciplines. We like experimenting cutting-edge approaches between digital and analog.

// Who we are

UNPACKED Studio has been founded by Daniele Mancini and Irene Rinaldi, both architects and educators.

Daniele Mancini is Ph.D. in Theory of Architecture. He worked in France at Jakob+ MacFarlane Architects and in The Netherlands at Wiel Arets Architects. He is currently involved in teaching activities at IED Istituto Europeo di Design di Roma.

Irene Rinaldi worked in Spain at De La Puerta Architects and in Italy at Schiattarella Associati where participated to the design of Italian Pavillon for the Japan Expo 2005 in Aichi (Nagoya)

UNPACKED Studio started in January 2005 thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs European funds “Sviluppo Italia”.