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Spaesamento could be interpreted as feeling at home and not yet home anywhere, free from nostalgia for places. Out of place, uprooted or a complete loss of personal direction as opposed to being safe, casual or set. As such spaesamento describes much of the anxiety around identity that defines life in modern cities. Cities in which place, memory and rootedness are constantly subject to the effects of accelerating mobility and the accumulation of capital is the main criteria of success.


Cascina Gobba takes its name from the farmhouses that defined the area in the beginning of the 1900s. Already by the 1960s there was very little left of the agricultural past. In the wake of the booming economy industry stepped in bringing with it major infrastructural projects, including the ring road and underground which effectively wiped much Cascina Gobba off the map. The remaining fragments were separated from each other as well as from the rest of Milan by the very infrastructural projects that were put in place for the increased mobility.


Contemporary Cascina Gobba is nearly synonymous with the railway station. For many years it was also the point of arrival for many immigrants from Eastern Europe and the location of a bustling market. Now the buses no longer arrive and the market is gone but the area is still home to many immigrants.


The project aims to reroot the origins of Cascina Gobba by the recreation of a farm. Although symbolic, the three furrows full of seeds and seedlings serve as a diy memorial. Not as much to to Cascina Gobba specifically but to the struggle against forgetting, being uprooted and discarded. The site, surrounded and defined by intense mobility, recovers a once familiar part of itself. A slower way of being in transit - one which has a human scale.



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