‘Nel fondo erano ignudi i peccatori
Dal mezzo in qua ci venien verso ‘l volto,
di là con noi, ma con passi maggiori;
come i Roman per l’esercito molto,
l’anno del giubileo, su per lo ponte
hanno a passar la gente molto colto,
che dall’un lato tutti hanno la fronte
verso ’l castello e vanno a San Pietro;
da l’altra sponda vanno verso il monte‛‘
SUNDAY 4 December 2022
maria claudia clementE
A crossing, a path without a destination in which the only destination is ourselves.
Palazzo Taverna is located on a small hill - the mountain -
mentioned by Dante in Canto XVIII of the Inferno when
describes the route of pilgrims heading to St. Peter's
during the Jubilee of 1300.
As is known, in fact, the site was covered in the Middle Ages
strategic value for being placed between two arteries
main ones such as the via Recta and the via Papalis; the latter so called because traveled by the Pope in the Rides of Possession, coincides with today's via dei Banchi Nuovi and via del Old Government, until you cross Piazza dell'Orologio
(formerly Piazza di Monte Giordano). The via Papalis, together with via del Pellegrino, therefore constituted the main artery
which connected the city to the Vatican.
The history of this place is therefore the history of a place
passing; memory of a preparatory place for a event to be performed; place marked by thousands of footprints that wayfarers and pilgrims have ideally engraved on land where Palazzo Taverna was to be built a few centuries later.
The experience we want to offer today for Space
Taverna is an experience that recalls that path and those
expectations. If the pilgrimage that the faithful make in
occasion of the Jubilee is a salvific path towards
an ideal destination for forgiveness, the Taverna route, on the other hand, has value in itself, as an act of crossing; a path without destination and aimlessly in a state of deprivation
which attributes to the path itself an initiatory value, in which
the only destination we become ourselves.
Thus, during the crossing, in the physical confrontation between the body and space, in a situation of estrangement e
disorientation, it is possible to start that path
more complex of an inner nature capable of triggering a
broader reflection on our existential condition.
Labics is an architecture and urban planning studio based in Rome, founded in 2002 by Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori. The name Labics expresses the idea of a laboratory where theoretical research and applied experimentation are combined. The studio's field of interest extends from urban planning to the design of interior spaces, thus crossing the different scales and complexities of the project. Over the years Labics has received various national and international awards and recognitions: he has been invited to exhibit his work in various group exhibitions of architecture including the 11th and 12th and 14th Venice Architecture Biennale; his work has been exhibited in two important monographic exhibitions: “Structures”, curated by Luca Molinari at the Stefania Miscetti studio in Rome and “La Città Aperta” at the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin and the Casabella Laboratory, Milan. The “Structures” exhibition was exhibited at the MAXXI in Rome in 2019. In 2018 Labics published “Structures” with Park Books, a manifesto book on the studio's projects and research.
She graduated in 1992 at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", in 1995 she became a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture and since 2022 she has been an Associate Professor at the same University. In 2002 he founded Labics together with Francesco Isidori. Maria Claudia Clemente is regularly invited to give conferences on Labics projects and research; as a teacher or as owner of laboratories or tutor for design workshops, she has been invited to various Italian and foreign universities, including La Sapienza University, Roma Tre University, Cornell University, The University of Iowa, Syracuse University, Tulane University, IUAV , University of Ferrara and University of Hannover.
He graduated in 1999 at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and in 2006 he became a PhD in Architectural Composition and Theories of Architecture at the same University, with a thesis entitled "The project of the background", a research on an open, relational and structured architecture. In 2002 he founded Labics together with Maria Claudia Clemente. Francesco Isidori is regularly invited to lecture on Labics projects and research; as a contract professor - as owner of laboratories or tutor for design workshops - he has been invited to various Italian and foreign universities, including La Sapienza University, Roma Tre University, Cornell University, The University of Iowa, Syracuse University, Tulane University , IUAV, University of Ferrara and University of Hannover.