Through research and projects, collaborations and exchanges, Microcities develops urban studies, architecture, landscape and graphic design.
Microcities projects are the precise and harmonic line written by a complex function, the synthesis of a matrix formed by heterogeneous parameters. Social behaviour, territorial conditions, economical and statistical, environmental and historical contexts, all form a landscape of visible and invisible relationships – evolving processes interacting in space and time.
Through subtle and countless variations, this data translates into the clarity of one design, evolving into projects which are specific and clear, while still keeping within the richness and the metaphor of all the explored fields.
This process involves a continuous overlapping of all the scales: any urban project gets relevance at a local level and in any building, even if small, lies the complexity of a micro-city.
The distance between city and nature is faded, leaving place to new models of coexistence and mutual dialogue: landscape becomes infrastructure while the city evolves into an organism, influenced and fed by its natural parts.
Outside and inside are not separated by a boundary but more often by a blurred territory, an interstitial space which questions the notions of public and private, home and community, mineral and natural. The line between exterior and interior becomes an “ambiguous” moment of in-between: it defines a limit, but also an open environment for human unusual occupations, both private and collective.
At the heart of our practice is the idea of calling into question the context we live in, turning it into a true design tool, in order to rethink conventional typologies and ways of living.