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urban hugs | radura 02

urban hugs | radura 02




Stefano Boeri Architetti


Milan, Italy




OIKOS, White in the city - Fuorisalone 2017




Design and execution

A place to hug

Urban hugs is a dedicated hugging area.

An area where people can escape from their social interactions and hug each other for a few seconds. A place where people leave their urban loneliness and hug someone: a friend, a stranger, a lover, a son, a grandparent, a florist, a bartender, the boss, a policeman.

Urban hugs is a place to get together, accompanied by Piero Salvatori’s cello. A fenced area where people can hug other people, protected from the city traffic, but not excluded from urban life, thanks to the tree trunks from Friuli’s woods. For the Fuorisalone 2017, Stefano Boeri Architetti has created a prototype of public space designed to house and promote the gesture of hugging.

Urban hugs is a variation of Radura (the fenced area made of wood cylinders installed in the Ca’Grande courtyard in 2016) that will be realized for Oikos in collaboration with Filiera del Legno del Friuli in the honor courtyard of the Pinacoteca di Brera (Via Brera 28, Milano). A wood made micro architecture defining the physical border where people can stop and isolate themselves from everyday rhythms. The prototype of the “minimal” place being both an open installation with a permeable perimeter and a personal and intimate place in its fruition. A place for two.

Urban hugs is realized in collaboration with Innova FVG, an economic public institution settled in Friuli Venezia Giulia promoting and encouraging research and technological innovation in the mountain territory to support economic development, in collaboration with Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the companies from Filiera del Legno FVG, a reality that promotes both the use of wood from Friuli Venezia Giulia’s mountains, for its excellent characteristics and the companies that operate along the production chain with the advantages of a naturalistic silviculture administration of the forest.