Vol. 19 No. 2 (2021): Rethinking Public Space. The intangible design
Thematical section (Current series)

Corpo a corpo

Annalisa Metta
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Roma Tre
Published January 27, 2022
  • Behavioral architecture,
  • multispecies city,
  • designing body,
  • immaterial geographies,
  • public space
How to Cite
Metta, A. (2022). Corpo a corpo. Ri-Vista. Research for Landscape Architecture, 19(2), 46-57. https://doi.org/10.36253/rv-11449


Bodies make immaterial, impermanent, and impregnable urban geographies, and thereby affirm and claim the open spaces of the city as fields of opportunity, repositories of not pacified and controversial rituals, therefore fruitful. Bodies have an explicit design value; they are cognitive as well as configurative tools. When we put bodies at the center of the project, we outline performative landscapes in both environmental and aesthetic, emotional and behavioral terms. At the same time, we male authentically erotic landscapes, which are opportunities for mixing, commingling, generating situations pulsating with life. We make landscape of great sensualism, in the very sense of expansion and amplification of sensibilities attentive to contextual interactions, both present and eventual. This paper investigates some of declinations of this statement, going through different scales and fields, from urban history to art history, and then dwells on some notable examples of contemporary landscape architecture.


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