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Corviale is a 1 km long housing complex in the periphery
of Rome. The building was commissioned in 1972 by the IACP (Institute
for social housing) to a group of architects directed by Mario Fiorentino
to solve the acute lack of housing for working class families. Furthermore
like a barrier it should prevent the spreading of the city into nature.
Finished in 1983, it is home to 9.500 tenants. The building was based
on the idea of social housing according to Le Corbusier, to provide all
needed infrastructures of a city within the complex itself, and to encourage
social contacts between the occupants. For internal and political reasons
many of these originally planned structures were never realized or are,
almost 20 years after the first occupants moved in, still unfinished.
The work addresses the failure of the utopian modernist
architecture in social and everyday life.
Script, Camera, Editing: Heidrun Holzfeind
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