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Marcello Modica (b. Milan, 1987) is an urban planner focused on transitional landscapes, currently doing a doctorate at the Technical University of Munich. Always deeply fascinated with industrial ruins, over the years he has gradually developed a systematic research of former industrial sites characterized by the direct experience of the place and its documentation through photography. The resulting archive is published – and constantly updated – on this website. The aim is to preserve and disclose the visual memory of the industrial age, while encouraging a (more) positive look at places often neglected and far from being considered as heritage.


works / press

La fotografia di archeologia industriale in internet, Patrimonio Industriale 6, 2010 / interview + photo credits

Itinerario fotografico : la SNIA Viscosa di Varedo, Patrimonio Industriale 7, 2011 / photographic reportage

Abandoned Factories, IKF 2011, 2011 / photographic reportage

Kierdorf A., "Industriekultur - Länderschwerpunkt Italien", in Industriekultur 2.12, 2012 / photo credits

Llámpara Patrimonio Industrial 5, 2012 / portfolio

Sardinian Flotation Plants, IKF 2013, 2013 / photographic reportage

AA.VV. (2014). "Milano: urgenze e problemi, oltre le retoriche", in Urbanistica 152 / photographic reportage

AUDIS (Associazione Aree Urbane Dismesse) - Scatti d'Autore, 2015 / portfolio

AA.VV. (2015). Governare i territori della dismissione in Lombardia, Maggioli Editore / scientific contribution

Un viaggio nell'archeologia industriale (interview by Valeria Vantaggi), Vanity Fair / My Business 11, 2016 / interview

"Still Alive. Archeologia industriale in Europa" (ed. Francesco Infussi), in Territorio 81, 2017 / photographic reportage NEW


Paraboloidi. Un patrimonio dimenticato dell'architettura moderna, Edifir, Firenze, 2015.

The first book that investigates the origins and evolution of reinforced concrete parabolic silos, an incredible and unknown industrial architecture phenomena developed in Italy in the 1920s and later diffused all over Europe. A work by Marcello Modica and Francesca Santarella. (only in Italian)

Order your copy on Edifir, Amazon, laFeltrinelli, Ibs, Hoepli or contact me by e-mail.


works / speeches

Archeologia industriale [lecture], Università degli Studi di Genova, Genoa, 03/2008

Archeologia industriale: l'esperienza diretta attraverso la fotografia di Marcello Modica [lecture], Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Storico Artistici, Milan, 12/2008

Architettura industriale in Italia: un patrimonio dimenticato [conference speech], 13th Architecture Biennale, Venice, 09/2012

La dismissione industriale in Italia ed Europa attraverso la fotografia di Marcello Modica [conference speech], NovarArchitettura2013, Novara, 09/2013

SNIA: ieri, oggi e domani. Storia, immagini, documenti e un progetto per il recupero dell'area [open lecture], Varedo, 11/2013 / press1 press2

STILL ALIVE : un progetto di documentazione fotografica della dismissione industriale in Italia ed Europa [conference speech], "La Cartiera di Vas: passato, presente e futuro", Quero-Vas, 06/2015

STILL ALIVE : un progetto di documentazione fotografica della dismissione industriale in Italia ed Europa [conference speech], Convegno: Il Patrimonio industriale in Italia. Da spazi vuoti a risorsa per il territorio, Palazzo Montecitorio, Roma, 07/10/2016


works / exhibitions

Still Alive, personal photographic exhibition, Nice (FR), 12/2006

Le città invisibili, group photographic exhibition, Florence, 05/2007

Il tempo scorre nella fabbrica ritrovata, group photographic exhibition, Solbiate Olona, 10/2009

SNIA Viscosa: immagini di ieri e di oggi, permanent photographic exhibition, Varedo cityhall, 2011

I paesaggi dell'industria, group photographic exhibition, Milan, 05/2012 - Busto Arsizio, 10-11/2012 - Terni, 02-03/2013 - Naples, 04/2013 - Turin, 05/2013




When browsing the net I came across a website of industrial landscapes by Marcello Modica. Marcello is an urban planner and photographer from Milan who has over the years built an impressive site.
Daniel Hayton (Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society)

Una página web muy trabajada desde el punto de vista fotográfico, histórico, de dibujos y material recogido en las propias fábricas. Está muy organizada e incluye no sólo las industrias sino el paisaje industrial.
Gracia López (blogger)

Outre les photos, vous pouvez, en explorant les liens, déboucher sur une impressionnante collections de sites de photographies de patrimoine industriel dans le monde. De multiples liens institutionnels ou personnels qui ouvrent des horizons.
Dominique Perchet (CILAC)