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YAP_Maxx Young Architects Program

YAP_Maxx Young Architects Program

  • Claudio Castaldo, Francesco Colangeli, and Simone Capra of stARTT.

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    Claudio Castaldo, Francesco Colangeli, and Simone Capra of stARTT.

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    Claudio Castaldo, Francesco Colangeli, and Simone Capra of stARTT.

  • The inaugural YAP_MAXXI Young Architects Program, a partnership between MoMA and PS1 in New York and the Zaha Hadid-designed National Museum of XXI Century Arts of Rome, kicks off with the project WHATAMI by stARTT.

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    The inaugural YAP_MAXXI Young Architects Program, a partnership between MoMA and PS1 in New York and the Zaha Hadid-designed National Museum of XXI Century Arts of Rome, kicks off with the project WHATAMI by stARTT.

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    The inaugural YAP_MAXXI Young Architects Program, a partnership between MoMA and PS1 in New York and the Zaha Hadid–designed National Museum of XXI Century Arts of Rome, kicks off with the project WHATAMI by stARTT.

  • stARTT's founders Simone Capra and Claudio Castaldo greened the concrete courtyard with a series of turf-covered islands made out of straw bales and dirt. When the project is over, materials such as straw, geotextile membranes, and plastic reused for local improvements.

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    stARTT's founders Simone Capra and Claudio Castaldo greened the concrete courtyard with a series of turf-covered islands made out of straw bales and dirt. When the project is over, materials such as straw, geotextile membranes, and plastic reused for local improvements.

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    stARTT's founders Simone Capra and Claudio Castaldo greened the concrete courtyard with a series of turf-covered islands made out of straw bales and dirt. When the project is over, materials such as straw, geotextile membranes, and plastic reused for local improvements.

  • The center island is fixed in place, but the seven smaller islands can be moved around for concerts and events.

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    The center island is fixed in place, but the seven smaller islands can be moved around for concerts and events.

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    The center island is fixed in place, but the seven smaller islands can be moved around for concerts and events.

  • Eighteen fiberglass "flowers" grown out of the turf islands.

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    Eighteen fiberglass "flowers" grown out of the turf islands.

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    Eighteen fiberglass "flowers" grown out of the turf islands.

  • At over 16 feet tall and equipped with light fixtures, the fiberglass flowers provide shade during the day and illumination come evening.

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    At over 16 feet tall and equipped with light fixtures, the fiberglass flowers provide shade during the day and illumination come evening.

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    At over 16 feet tall and equipped with light fixtures, the fiberglass flowers provide shade during the day and illumination come evening.

stARTT

This year marks the debut of the YAP_MAXXI Young Architects Program, a partnership between MoMA PS1 in New York and the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. Inaugurating the program is stARTT, a three-year-old Roman practice founded by Simone Capra, 33, and Claudio Castaldo, 33. “In Italy, architects like us, under 35 years old, are not considered able to pull off a public project, but YAP shows that, we, as generation, can demonstrate the opposite,” Capra explains.

The firm’s name, an acronym for studio di architettura e trasformazioni territoriali, represents the partners’ obsessions with the larger conditions of the built environment: infrastructures, ecologies, and urbanism. With their project WHATAMI (another title provoking contemplation), Capra and Castaldo, with Francesco Colangeli and Andrea Valentini, created a series of artificial, turf-covered islands in the concrete plaza of MAXXI’s Zaha Hadid–designed building. Reconfigurable, these green pieces can be moved around to create spaces for concerts and events. It’s a sophisticated idea about urban ecology and cultural capital, since the project’s life cycle doesn’t end with the summer season. Once dismantled, both natural and technological design elements will be recycled and used to rehabilitate abandoned areas in the city.