Libero Mercato

KIUI Project - Public Act #3

Libero Mercato
KIUI Project – Public Act #3

The covered market in Via Laparelli in Rome was born in 2003, transforming an old market square into a two-story building. The operation partially failed and the building is in a critical state: the market, once hubs of the neighbourhood life, have recently lost that meaning. Part of the building is unused, boxes are abandoned, and others have even ceased trading.

Torpignattara hosts hundred of different cultures and is the perfect place to be used as a open space lab to study the idea of the multicultural city. On the one hand a neighbourhood market needing to be reactivated, on the other hand the lack of spaces for sharing experiences and integrating communities.

‘LIBERO Mercato’ aimes to underline how these two problems could be each one the solution to the other. A temporary reconversion of the untapped spaces through recreational and cultural activities animated the market for one day. Could the market, in this way, go back to being a central point of Torpignattara’s public life, filled with purposes beyond commercials ones, and become a propellant for a social growth of the neighbourhood?




workshop/round table/performance




December 2011


self production founded with support from the European Commision


Covered Market Tor Pignattara, Roma


Francesco Natalucci

In collaboration with

Fusolab, Fusoradio, Sbagliato, CMR, Aoisland, Superfluo, Gianni Ruscio, Sille Luna, CdQ Torpignattara