Energy. Oil and Post-Oil Architecture and Grids

A. Bianchetti, bozzetto Autogrill Pavesi a Montepulciano, 1965-1972. Archivio J. J. Bianchetti

Energy: Oil and Post-Oil Architecture and Grids is the title of a fascinating exhibition currently on show at the MAXXI Architettura, in Rome. Drawing on material from the extensive eni historical archives, original photography and specially commissioned architectural projects, the exhibition traces Italy’s changing oil landscape from the 1940s into the post-oil future. Its focus is on sites of oil consumption, on highways, service stations, petrol pumps and motels. With its multiple engagements with specific ‘places of energy’, this show offers an intriguing perspective on the landscape of oil.

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