Megaformalism of living. Genealogy and prerogatives of a potential morpho-technotype


  • Oscar Eugenio Bellini Polytechnic of Milano
  • Marianna Arcieri University of Bergamo



residential megaform, macro building, urban megastructure, morpho-technotype, open building


The research for new forms of shared housing, able to face the multiple environmental and social criticalities of the planet, is driving to rethink the conventional ways of living together. In this context, the Megaform appears as a contingent intervention device that, as an alternative to other solutions, such as the individual houses, the cluster housing, and the tall buildings, can integrate and/or replace the traditional city layout. The contribution traces the genealogy and prerogatives of this unusual morphotype, not attributable to any conventional typological classification, assuming its rediscovery and re-proposition also in an empirical key, starting from the indispensable rethinking of the principles of our living with others, in the belief that to survive in the cities that we have irreversibly transformed, we must learn to think in a new way.


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Author Biographies

Oscar Eugenio Bellini, Polytechnic of Milano

Architect and PhD, he is an Associate Professor of Architecture Technology at the Department of Architecture Construction Engineering and Construction Environment, where he carries out research with a particular interest in the new forms of shared and university housing.

Marianna Arcieri, University of Bergamo

Architect, she is a Teaching Assistant at the Engineering and Applied Sciences Department. She carries out research in the field of new forms of shared housing with specific reference to those for the students and the third age.


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How to Cite

Bellini, O. E. and Arcieri, M. (2020) “Megaformalism of living. Genealogy and prerogatives of a potential morpho-technotype”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 7(online), pp. 102–113. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/7112020.
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