CITTA' INFORMALE


The following images have been realized in urban areas that housed nomadic settlements.
I shoot these landscapes after that local governments have provided to evict them.
Captions show the conventional name of the settlement, the date of the eviction that preceded the shooting and the number of people or homes evacuated.

Forced eradication of organized (sometimes highly urbanized) communities causes visible changes in the landscape, at rates far faster than the normal evolution of the city. Sites subject of informal urbanization and evictions, host complex communities for short periods, returning empty in a few months and waiting to welcome back the community to start a cycle that has the result of perpetuating the tendency to nomadism and the condition of abandonment of territories.
When the eviction invests urbanization of important dimensions (eg. Casilino 900 in Rome, via Triboniano and via Rubattino in Milan) other issues become relevant:
to what extent we still can talk about illegal occupation and from which point on (in terms of size and number of inhabitants) ephemeral urbanization acquires the status of a true urban core, or informal city so to speak?
Given that the birth of the city is historically a spontaneous process of allocation on the territory of the nation and that exist many Italian towns smaller than settlements like Casilino 900, with which criteria we determine that urbanization should be considered illegal?
It is the fact that it is built on non-building land a sufficient condition to deny the existence of a settlement?
Should not we consider the formation of a community as a question of higher order than the administrative and civil ban?

The photographed landscapes should be read as urban landscapes. The lanned city and informal one are in fact two elements in dialectical relation on the same scenario.
In a manual of urban anthropology I read: "The order of the (designed) city and the disorder that is created entropically in urban space (the informal metropolis) are elements that respond to the same logic. Order and disorder seem to be the poles, opposite but equally necessary and vital, of an environment on which the city builds its identity. "


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Via Rubattino, Milano, 19nov2009. 200 persone
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Via Rubattino, Milano, 19nov2009. 200 persone
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Tor de Cenci, Roma, 28set2012. 400 persone
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Tor de Cenci, Roma, 28set2012. 400 persone
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Tor de Cenci, Roma, 28set2012. 400 persone
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Molinetto di Lorenteggio, Milano, 29gen2010. 65 abitazioni
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Molinetto di Lorenteggio, Milano, 29gen2010. 65 abitazioni
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Via Bovisasca, Milano, 28dic2009. 24 abitazioni
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Via Triboniano, Milano, 30apr2011. 100 famiglie
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Via Triboniano, Milano, 30apr2011. 100 famiglie
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Casteldebole, Bologna, 19feb2013. 41baracche
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Casteldebole, Bologna, 19feb2013. 41baracche
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Casteldebole, Bologna, 19feb2013. 41baracche
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Gatto Cavriana, Milano, 5lug2012. 200 persone
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Chiaravalle, Milano, 8feb2010. 120 persone
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Chiaravalle, Milano, 21gen2010. 25 persone
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Via degli Angeli, Roma, 16gen2010. 70 persone
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Via degli Angeli, Roma, 16gen2010. 70 persone
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Giugliano Auchan, Napoli, 4ott2012. 50 famiglie
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Giugliano Auchan, Napoli, 4ott2012. 50 famiglie
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Via Bisceglie, Milano, 18mar2010. 60 persone
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Via Bisceglie, Milano, 18mar2010. 60 persone
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Via Ardissone, Milano, 1apr2010. 28 persone
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Casilino 900, Roma, 19gen2010. 700 persone
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Casilino 900, Roma, 19gen2010. 700 persone
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Monte Bisbino, Milano, 16lug2013. 25 case
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Monte Bisbino, Milano, 16lug2013. 25 case
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Monte Bisbino, Milano, 16lug2013. 25 case
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Tor Fiscale, Roma, 7feb2011. 20 persone
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Tor Fiscale, Roma, 7feb2011. 20 persone
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Tor Fiscale, Roma, 7feb2011. 20 persone
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Cavalcavia Bacula, Milano, 21mar2009. 70 persone
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Via Bonfadini, Milano, 4apr2012. 100 persone
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Via Bonfadini, Milano, 4apr2012. 100 persone
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Via Colico, Milano, 24mar2010. 40 persone
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Via del Baiardo, Roma, 5lug2012. 300 persone
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Via del Baiardo, Roma, 5lug2012. 300 persone
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Via del Baiardo, Roma, 5lug2012. 300 persone
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Cascina de Lemene, Milano, 17nov2009. 12 famiglie
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Cascina de Lemene, Milano, 17nov2009. 12 famiglie
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Via Malaga, Milano, 14nov2009. 20 persone
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Via Malaga, Milano, 14nov2009. 20 persone
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La Martora, Roma, 16dic2010. 400 persone
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La Martora, Roma, 16dic2010. 400 persone
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Via Umbria, Segrate, 21ott2010. 80 persone
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Via Umbria, Segrate, 21ott2010. 80 persone
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Via Pesto, Milano, 15giu20009. 40 persone
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Cavalcavia Giordani, Milano, 9feb2010. 15 persone