An excerpt from the video “Demolishing Genoa” by architects collective Baukuh

Radicate.eu has been authorized to publish an excerpt from the video “Demolishing Genoa” by architects collective Baukuh. This video which is now on at the Pinksummer contemporary art gallery, Genoa (Italy), collects a series of interviews to some citizens of Genoa and refers to the disastrous flood that occurred in the city in 2011. In order to better understand the idea behind the video we suggest to watch the interview with Pier Paolo Tamburelli member of the architects group Baukuh.

 

 

 


Demolishing Genoa

Transcription of the interviews presented in the excerpt of the video:

1.
Where do you live? In the neighborhood of Quezzi.
Which street? Marengo street.
For how long have you been living there? 22 years.
How many vacant flats there are in your building? None, at the moment. They have all been sold.
How much do you think a flat costs in this building? 250.000 euros.
If you could choose, which building would you demolish in your neighborhood? The building beside mine.
Why? Because I do not like the people living there, I find them unpleasant.
What would you substitute it with? With beautiful and friendly people, sunny people, like myself.

2
Where do you live? In Del Piano street.
For how long have you been living there? 27 years.
How many vacant flats there are in your building? Maybe 2.
How long have they been vacant for? I do not know. 10, 5 years.
Do you know why they are vacant? No no no no no.
Have any apartments been sold recently, in your building? 1, 2, maybe 3.
What do you think an apartment costs here? Now, after what has happened (Genoa flood in 2011), the value is zero.
If you could choose, which building would you demolish in your neighborhood? I would start with the Marassi Prison.
Why? It could be substituted with public gardens open to the public.

3
Where do you live? Here in Danio Street.
For how long have you been living there? 13 years.
How many vacant flats are there in your building? As far as I know, none.
Have any apartments been sold recently in your building? No.
What do you think is the value of an apartment in your building? 120, 130.000 euros.
If you could choose, which building in your neighborhood would you demolish? Demolition sounds too drastic to me.

4
Where do you live? In Buenos Aires road.
For how long have you been living there? 2 years.
How many vacant flats there are in your building? 2.
How long have they been vacant for? 2, 2 and a half years.
And if you know, why are they vacant? The rent is too high and they are not able to rent them because of it.
Have any apartments been sold recently in your building? There are 2 occupied apartments for sale but they are not able to sell them.
How much do you think an apartment costs in your building? 250, 300.000 euros.
If you could choose, which building in your neighborhood would you demolish? The building between Buenos Aires road and Brigate avenue the one where is located the Kilt restaurant.
Why? Because it is a metal building and it doesn’t have the same architectural style as the other buildings in the area.
What would you substitute it with? With a building that shares the same style of those already existing in the area.

5.
Where do you live? In Del Piano street.
How long have you been living there? For 12 years.
How many vacant apartments there are in your building? A flat remained vacant until a month ago. Now it is rented.
Have any apartment been sold recently in your building? No, I do not think so.
What do you think the cost of an apartment in your building would be? From 260 to 300.000 euros.
If you could choose, which building would you demolish in your neighborhood?
I would not demolish any building but I would relocate the stadium.
For what reason? What would you substitute it with? Because it causes too much traffic especially when they play football at night, the traffic drives us crazy. It is difficult to find a parking place when we come home.
The stadium field could be easily converted into gardens with play areas for children

6
Where do you live? In Del Molinetto street.
For how long? 8 years.
How many vacant apartments there are in our building? I live in a semi-detached house and there are no vacant flats.
How much do you think is the cost of a flat in your building? From 70.000 to 120.000 euros.
If you could choose, which building of your neighborhood would you demolish? The post office at Largo Merlo.
For what reason? Because it is built on the river.
What would you substitute it with? With a nice open space for children.

7.
Where do you live? In Bracelli road.
For how long have you been living there? 15/16 years.
How many vacant apartments there are in your building? As far as I know, none.
Have any apartments been sold in your building recently? Yes, I think so, as I have seen ads for apartments.
How much do you thing is the cost of an apartment in your building? I do not know, really.
If you could choose which building would you demolish in your neighborhood?
The one in Galileo Ferraris square where the Post office is located.
Why? Because a few people died there during the flood in 2011.This building is a source of discomfort for the neighborhood.
What would you substitute it with? With nothing. we already have far too much of everything,

8.
Where do you live? Al Poligono Street in Quezzi.
How long have you been living there? For 15 years.
How many vacant apartments there are in your building? None. The previous residents are all dead. Now we have new ones.
Have any apartments been sold recently? Yes.
How much do you thing is the value of an apartment in you building? 100 million (he refers to the old Italian currency, Lira).
If you could choose, which building of your neighborhood would you demolish? Everything, all the Quezzi neighborhood.
Why? Because it is all disgusting.
What would you substitute it with? What?
What would you substitute it with? With nothing.

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