The history of the former Olympic district of Turin is a good starting point to reflect upon the relationship between the intentions of urban planning and architectural design, and the real function that the buildings may find themselves to eventually perform.
The residential district hosted the athletes during the games, but its architectural project was based on the future function that the village would have had in this particular area of the city.
After the Olympics it remained unsold and thus was abandoned.
Between 2012 and 2019 it became home for thousands of refugees, an event described in the media as Europe's largest illegal occupation.
The changes made to the structures after the eviction of this community raises questions: what is the real purpose of architecture? The one for which it was originally designed? Or is it the often unplanned function given to it by the end users?
And what is the meaning of the architecture when it becomes unusable and inaccessible?