Dpr-barcelona Flickr sets are already worth visiting, but check out this collection about Ugo La Pietra’s La Casa Telematica. (and if you’re in Paris don’t lose the exhibition of lots of Ugo La Pietra’s drawings, collages and sculptures at Mercier & Associés gallery).
Artist, architect and designer, but slightly less known visionary figure among the Italian radicals of the 60’s and 70’s, la Pietra shifted soon his attention from the local Italian scene to focus on the Viennese avantgarde (Hans Hollein, Walter Pichler, Frederick Kiesler, Raimund Abraham …)
The observation of cities dynamics allowed him to develop his research on the relations individual / environment and to address the need for a conquering of the urban territory through an individual experience.
La Pietra worked long on the concept of the Casa Telematica [The Domicile Cell: A Microstructure: within the Information and Communications Systems, 1971], a project he first presented in MOMA’s New York 1972 exhibition “Italy: The new domestic landscape“. Symbolised by the archetypic form of the triangle, the house is a place of gathering, processing and dissemination of information from the public to the private realm and likewise. Anticipating the internet, this project proposes to expand the physical perception of the body and of the domestic cell to the awareness of the influences on behaviour and the mental suffering of the individual produced by the urban fabric.