Profile of Mrs Maria Pia Amore Department of Architecture University "Federico II" Napoli

Maria Pia Amore

General research interests

Her wider research interests focuses on the design strategies of intervention, both on an architectural and urban scale, on existing building and areas, considering the underused or abandoned built up spaces as a resource, and facing the modification/mutation as an instrument to achieve duration in a perspective of sustainable development.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Relazioni inedite. La definizione del margine tra gli ex manicomi e la città: appunti per un inventario / Unexpected relations. The definition of the margin between the former asylums and the city: notes for an index

PhD Abstract

The theme of the research is part of the current scientific debate, and is based on the heritage-recycle dialectic that animates the contemporary discussion on abandoned areas and, more generally, on the existing heritage. With regard to this debate, the research proposes a contribution that intersects the history of madness, rejection and confinement of mental illness, with the contemporary culture of recycle (evolved into upcycle), which makes waste a resource to be exploited. The concept of waste, transferred to urban space as a landscape of waste, a marginal place waiting to be reconnected to the dynamics of urban life, is materialised in asylums - unique architectures created in isolation and total alterity from their context, now disused and often abandoned. The former psychiatric hospitals are taken as an opportunity for experimentation within a design vision that works on overcoming the limit and defining the concept of the margin, understood as a transitional space that filters and allows the transition from one state to another and that determines a new system of relationships between inside and outside. The empirical research, which presents snares linked above all to the extension of the field of investigation (disused asylums distributed throughout the country) finds its congruence in the form of the index and in the identification and description of the margin between the former psychiatric hospitals and the city as a "useful depth" for resemantization. The results of the study conducted are not proposed as a basis for prescriptive guidelines but rather offered as material for projects that proceed by abductive inferences.