MICROCITIES/Socks, Paysage critique, esquisse préparatoire, 2017. Courtesy MICROCITIES / Socks
MICROCITIES is a young architect firm based in Paris that was co- founded by Mariabruna Fabrizi (1982) and Fosco Lucarelli (1981). They studied at the Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSA) and the Technical University (TU) of Munich respectively. Both are graduates of the University of Rome. Alongside their architectural practice, they have also developed an editorial line of work via the digital platform SOCKS that was conceived in 2006. This online thought space takes the form of a ‘visual atlas in expansion’ inspired by the corpus of images put together by the German art historian Aby Warburg (Mnemosyne Atlas, 1921-1929).
The firm took part in the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale of 2014 within the Monditalia exhibition, and in 2016 they were invited to curate the exhibition The Form of Form as part of the 4th Architecture Triennale of Lisbon.
For the Biennale, MICROCITIES has redrawn the Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s collection by replicating sixteen of the FRAC’s most emblematic models in the forme of a mental landscape.