Urban agriculture is a practice that always coexisted within the city and its historical development. In recent times, this practice revamped as a form of engagement of urban communities in local food production. However, contemporary urban agriculture has to deal with a new phenomena that historically did not compromise the quality and the health of [...]
Some sketch models and drawings of Conceptual Devices dreams, practice and vision will be featured in the exhibition “Architecture. What Else?” The exhibition presents some rather new tendencies in Switzerland that look upon Architecture not just as a building phenomena but as a constructive discipline able to reach beyond the built environment. The exhibition will take [...]
Large, flat, homogeneous and unused industrial rooftops offer great possibilities to install urban farms and provide food within the city. Industrial areas building codes normally do not constrain heights, so farming activities are a concrete opportunity to capitalize the unused industrial rooftop spaces. Urban farming has a lot to do with the use of unexpressed [...]
A nice and hilarious clip about Hotello, the pop-up office and hotel room I have designed (together with Roberto de Luca for das konzept) as a device to reactivate industrial and historical buildings was featured in the national German television ARD in a program called “Wissen vor Acht“. Great privilege. Thank you ARD, Anja and [...]
I have been invited by Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer, founders of Hosoya Schaefer Architects, to participate at this year Salon Swisse and initiate an ambitious program of events focusing on questions around urban development in Switzerland and the increasing pressure of urbanization worldwide. An informal meeting in which I was invited to make a [...]
The Japanese edition of ELIOOO, the instruction manual about how to go to IKEA and build a device to grow food in your apartment is out. The book was translated with (my great proud) by the artist Kione Kochi, who spent few months with me at Conceptual Devices working on different projects and proofread by Yoshikazu Eri. [...]
Busy week in Milano this year. This is what is happening as far as it is concerning me. MY.PROTOTYPE: the first online platform that allows you to discover, know – but also purchase and collect – unique prototypes of objects made by the most innovative designer and architects of our times: from emerging names to [...]
Orto Perpetuo is a year-round indoor edible garden that grows fruit and leaf vegetables. Orto Perpetuo combines ELIOOO (an hydroponic system made out of IKEA boxes designed by Antonio Scarponi) and the LED lamp Quadra (14W) produced by BULBO. Its modular characteristic allows to scale the size of the growing area. A module (65×95 cm) can [...]
After the Elephant and the Giraffe the TANTOOO tradition keeps going: a LION just got out from the Zoo of my mind. This will be presented in Milano during the Design Week (8th-13th April, 2014) at Kidsroomzoom in Via Giuseppe Revere 6 20123 Milano, Italy. The very first Elephant prototype will be also presented at MY.PROTOTYPE, at [...]
Hotello, the portable office / hotel room will be presented at Neue Räume, Zurich. Hotello, designed together with Roberto de Luca for das konzept, is a a unit of 4 sqm, conceived to extemporarily inhabit the empty lofts of the contemporary city.
TANTOOO is the result the encounter between two little girls. This meeting took place on a huge, round, fat, bean bag. This was not like a normal bean bag, it was a special one. It was made by the mother of one of the two girls with a very special cloth, fabricated for external use: [...]
An interview about ELIOOO was just aired in the UK television on the first show fully dedicated to hydroponics: hydroshow. Thanks to Nick Stokoe for interviewing me.
The 20th Century left vast, abandoned, spaces in our cities. Warehouses, factories, military barracks have been built and abandoned in a relatively short period of time. Now, the contemporary city is elaborating new strategies to re-inhabit these empty shells. In collaboration with the visual Artist Roberto de Luca, I have designed, for the Swiss firm daskonzept, Hotello: [...]
Time to conceptual shopping in DADA Zurich. This year I was asked by Adrian Notz, the director of the Cabaret Voltaire, to set up a special Christmass Shop for this year shopping season. As always, time was short and budget was very limited. For this reason, we decided to re-use some of the elements I [...]
Passing by Rimini and its riviera, observing the city and walking the beaches, can’t help but think of a grand costume ball. Each building is a protagonist, a fragment of a city where anything goes. The architecture is masked and ready for that never-ending Saturday night, typical of Romagna summers. The architectural disguise has an [...]
Once upon a time fifteen minutes of popularity. Then the world population grew and the minutes become three. These are the one I deserved, at least in the Swiss Television celled TeleZueri. This video was shot in my office by a very talented guy, Roland Kessler, who also did the editing, for the famous program called [...]
By following the instructions in this book, you will become the manufacturer of an idea. This book is an instruction manual for a product that only exists if you build it. Here are the instructions. I have designed this device so that you can produce your own food, using some inexpensive ikea boxes and the [...]
This article was written for Domus Design Magazine. Looking at the infographics on display at the Gestaltung Museum Zurich‘s Plastic Garbage Project exhibition, we could come to the conclusion that we are seeing the birth of a new continent, the plastic continent. At least, I presume this would be the conclusion reached by a geologist [...]
This article was originally published in Domus 959 / June 2012. A new discipline is afoot in our cities and slowly introducing a different, minute form of physical order that is invisible to the perpendicular eye of Google Earth. This new discipline levels steps, flattens surfaces and widens doorways, provides handles and rounds off corners. [...]
I was asked by Domus Magazine to write an architectural report for the opening of the new Kunsthalle in Zurich designed by Gigon/Guyer Architects and Atelier ww. I did it with great pleasure as it was a nice opportunity to write about the city who adopted me. Here is the article in its original context. [...]
Looks like I am going to talk at the Zurich CreativeMornings crowd on June the 22nd. It will be in the same place as my office, but in the attic of the building in the Kantine Hermerschloo. It will start at coffee time, 8.30 am. I will post my talk via twitter in real time, [...]
The Dreaming Wall is published on Design Like You Give a Damn , edited by Architecture for Humanities. Design Like You Give a Damn  is the indispensable handbook for anyone committed to building a more sustainable future. Following the success of their first book, Architecture for Humanity brings readers the next edition, with more [...]
Whether you are an Italian designer or not the year ends at Salone in Milano every spring. Times are busy and the world design community is ready to gather and share event invitations as they do between civilized and happy family members with greetings cards during Christmas. So do I. To make it short I [...]
GLOBE / HEDRON is a bamboo greenhouse designed to organically grow fish and vegetables on top of generic flat roofs. The design is optimized for aquaponic farming techniques: the fish’s water nourishes the plants and plants clean the water for the fish. Using this farming technique, GLOBE / HEDRON is optimized to feed four families [...]
TANTOOO is more than a bean bag chair. It is so much more: it is a place. No, not just because it is 120 cm wide. But because it is so comfortable and huggy, it’s the perfect place where to read (and write) fairy tales. Its external lining is made of a soft fabric used [...]
We live in an historical time where there is the need to re-found a new avangard. We have the cultural responsibility to build a new present: make a tabula rasa and start all over again. The old cultural categories in which we used to operate do not make sense anymore. The only way to proceed [...]
Re-Use is a DIY diary and notebook that allows you to save 50% of the office A4 paper you would normally discard. It is free and released under Creative Commons (Attribution–NonCommercial–ShareAlike) license. Preparing the 2012 edition, we decided to re-design it, in order to make it even more customizable and flexible. It is now a [...]
Next Thursday, within the context of The Revolution to Smash Global Capitalism at Cabaret Voltaire Zurich I will engage in a discussion with Francesca Recchia around the topic of AZADI. In this workshop we will collects materials, images andwill also invite Twitter users to contribute under the hashtag of #AZADI. We will collect tweets, images, [...]
Being an architect I like to design things that anyone can manufacture. A good design can turn the world population into the bigger creative industry ever known: an aware industry where ideas becomes effectively tangible. In this sense I like to draw recipes and instructions manuals as ultimate design tools of our times, so to [...]
Edge Park is an exhibition curated by Riccardo Caldura about a possible description of urban park models. A set of seven instruction drawings of Malthus manual will be exhibited. Other artists and architects invited: Giancarlo Dell’Antonia, Bianco-Valente, Elisabetta Di Maggio, Vincenzo Casali, Tri.p Group + Giulia Filippi, Margherita Morgantin, Interno3, Manuela Sedmach, Antonio Scarponi, Marta [...]
One of our clients, the start-up UrbanFarmers, was invited to speak at TEDx Zurich to present their urban agricultural concept: good food from the roof. UrbanFarmers is indeed working on the mission to install aquaponic agricultural system on the top of otherwise unused building roofs. Aquaponics is a farming technique that allows to grow fish [...]
As designers we give ideas a form and we transform them into things. We can’t certainly solve the world’s challenges, but what we can do is to create a concrete storytelling about them. A narrative. Malthus is one of these tales. It is an in-home aquaponics unit designed for the next generation kitchen or living [...]
This “visual essay” was just published on Condition Architecture Magazine #8. There was an open call for submission about “preparing for the unknown“. I am thinking hard about how to make the complexity of a thought clear and simple. This is the result of my experiment, a diagrammatic index. This would be my keynote for [...]
Fish and Crops is an aquaponic unit that grows one meal. Directly where it is cooked. Aquaponic is a farming technique that combines the cultivation of fish in a symbiotic environment with crops: fish fertilize the water that nourish the plants. Plants clean the water from organic waste in return. Conceptual Devices is pleased to [...]
I will participate to a seminar in Milano during design week about sustainability and communication. My talk will be titled “Objects, Systems, Behaviours, of a Sustainable Design“. But I will have only forty minutes (instead of the three days the talk title would require) so I will basically present some projects we have done at [...]
The Italian Constitution is one of the most beautiful juridical texts ever written. Its articles are stated clear and communicate the social universal values of the whole nation. Italy up in smoke is a project for the promotion of these values. People are the medium of distribution and dissemination of them. If you have already [...]
Our contribution for the “The Future of Competion: Thell’em What they Need” promoted by Conditions Magazine got a special mention and will be published on issue N. 7. The issue is dedicated to the future potential of architectural competitions and explores both the failure and the potential of competitions to promote quality and evolution in [...]
The Hub Zurich is about to open. After one year of design, workshops, construction (and fund raising) social entrepreneurs have finally a home in Zurich. Conceptual Devices proudly helped this to happen designing and conceptualizing the interior of the wondeful location. It was a great and challenging pleasure to work with the Zurich innovation leaders [...]
Re-Use is a diy diary that allow you to save 50% of the office A4 paper you discard. Download the PDF file and print it on the unused side of your boring papers. The 2011 Re-Use PDF file is available here. Print it- fold it – punch it – bind it. The graphics are designed [...]
Between the 10-12.12.2010 in SOHO FACTORY complex, Mińska Street 25, Warsaw, Just Undo It and Wired Unplugged will be presented within the Przetwory (recycle) festival. For this occasion a new project will be unveiled. More information soon. On Sunday the 12 at 13.00 I will talk about Triangular Design Manifesto. Eco-friendly design bound with recycling [...]
I’ve got a strange call the other Saturday morning. A remote voice from Korea at the other side of my phone was saying: “We saw your hoodie item (Just Undo It) on your site. We think it’ s really great and we would like to make an interview with you. This will be broad casted [...]
Revista EINA is a mini magazine about Ecological Culture published in Valencia, Spain. On the issue #14 they published the baby carrier form the Just Undo it collection (pp. 14-15). What I really like of this magazine is the concept: very small size (A5) all in ecological paper, with ecological contents. A good way to [...]
It is a great pleasure to announce that the next Zurich/CreativeMornings will take place at Hub Zurich. Zurich/CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series organized by Daniel Frei, originally started by Tina Roth Eisenberg (swissmiss) in New York City. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture, followed by a 20 minute group discussion. The gathering [...]
Last August I had a nice and somehow unexpected studio visit by David Mohney, dean of the Curry Stone Design Prize. He sent me some very general questions about me, about my work and about what the price meant to me as one of the finalists of the 2008 edition. It turned out as a [...]
#00: Under Construction is the first issue of our Instant Zines collection: DIY zines about what it is going on in our office. The issue #00 is about projects we have under construction at the moment. You can download it and print it in A3 format (recommended). Instant Zines uses an instant book fold-to-bind system [...]
Re-Use, the DIY diary and note pad that reuses discarded A4 was recently published in Design Sosenibile by Paolo Tamborrini, Electa, Milano 2009, pp. 114-115. This book looks into the debate surrounding the role of design on sustainable development, summarizing the most important milestones in a process that has made people aware that design, and [...]
The 1st Hub Zürich Summer Celebration on the 27th of August 2010, from 19.00 – 24.00 at the Hub Zürich, IM VIADUKT. In coherence with local Swiss traditions, bring along what you want to put on the BBQ. The Hub Zurich will take care of drinks, salads and side-dishes. For the occasion the concept Toilet/Kitchen [...]
As we are facing multiple crises in the global economic, social and ecological spheres, innovative solutions are needed to tackle the many challenges at hand. The Hub is designed to facilitate these solutions by creating a global network of collaborative spaces where entrepreneurs and social innovators come together to realize their ideas for a sustainable [...]
Everything that has happened over the last 20 years of Internet is now happening in the real world. We navigate across the Earth’s surface and have the ability to tag, save, comment and share the places we live in, as we would do with a website we enjoy. Everything in the world is interconnected, like [...]
On the 26th of May we will open the Trampolines, an historical restaurant in Riccione, Italy. This will be the second biggest building with Corian® facades in Europe. The opening will celebrate the first tranche of a complex building including a four stars suite hotel that will be opened in early 2011. The building is [...]
The Italian Constitution, if compared with the real country, looks like a subversive manifesto. Italy up in Smoke is a project for the promotion of the Italian Constitution abroad. The articles (in English) are framed into the non smoking graphic policy of the European Community. Italy up in Smoke is a way to say basta. We want [...]
Many years ago (2001) I have made a collection of world maps where political and cultural information were displayed on a demographic basis. It came out what it is now the conceptual world picture that frame our office’s work. The project was titled Human World. The idea is that demographic boom is the frame in [...]
A hoodie is not just a hoodie. In a world full of stuff, smart items should be transformable, editable. They should engage the possibility to be transformed into something else. We do not need a new object, a new thing. Rather we need to get rid of some of them, to reduce the complex network [...]
Stefano Mirti published on Abitare’s blog this interview I have made with Andrea Branzi in November 2004. The original version was released in 2005: ‘Andrea Branzi: la ville continue [Interview with Andrea Branzi]’ in Moniteur Architecture AMC no.150 March 2005 / p.88-94. It was never published in Italian before, so thank you Stefano.
Yökalenteri means, in Finnish language, “Night Calendar”. A calendar that displays the minutes of night time in Helsinki throughout the year. Yökalenteri hosts “Rêvalités”, a work of Finnish Poet and writer Cia Rinne.”Rêvalités” consists of 36 mini prose pieces, dreams recorded during the time span of a year, which thematically deal with a variety of [...]
Re-Use is a diy diary that allow you to save 50% of the office A4 paper you discard. Download the PDF file and print it on the unused side of your boring papers. The 2010 Re-Use PDF file is available here. Print it- fold it – punch it – bind it. The graphics are designed [...]
Conferenza Antonio Scarponi, giovedi 10_12_09 H 15:00, Politecnico di Milano_Sede Piacenza_Aula 6.
Our project Italia in fumo will be exhibited online at “the word is yours“. Opening 15th of October at 00.00 until November 19th at 23.00. Care of Gaspare Caliri. Italia in fumo is a project in collaboration with Peppe Clemente for the promotion of the Italian constitution. The articles are framed within the graphic appearance of [...]
Friday 16 th October at 11.00 am talk “Manuali Metropolitani / istruzioni per l’uso” @ festival della creatività, sala dell’arco, fortezza da basso, Firenze.
Yeeeeeeeehh!!! In the course of the Symposium “The Future of the Informal” at the 4th International Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (NAI Rotterdam) the winners of the Squatcity-Urbaninform Competition have been announced. The winning projects and honorable mentions were selected by the Squatcity-Urbaninform Jury out of 60 entries in the categories: DESIGN (Space, Technology and Material), SOCIO-ECONOMICS (Participation and Empowerment) and POLITICS (Good [...]
Our project RIKEA (a manual about how to make a free market set with Ikea re-assembled furniture) will take part at the International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam 25 Sept - 10 Jan 2010. Our participation includes a prototype and a “mini” documentary that will be part of the Urbaninform platform.
They say printed magazine are dead. Wired Unplugged is a proposal to give them a second chance. This project was published on the second issue of Wired UK and the second issue of Wired Italia. If you feel frustrated about the instructions you can watch the how to videos here and here.
They say printed magazines are dead. Wired Unplugged is an “how to” proposal I have made to give them a second chance. The idea is that they can be designed to be transformed into something else. In the second issue of WIRED UK there are five different example of simple things you could do with [...]
The story I have wrote for the first issue of Beyond magazine is now published on the online edition of the Italian magazine Abitare. You can read the full story here. Hope you enjoy it.
Last November I was invited to discuss about “urban narrative” in Göteborg, Sweden, an event organized by Squid. I have then wrote some notes in form of manifesto in order to clear what I had to say about it in relation to my practice. My “manifesto” was basically conceived as a platform to start a [...]
Intervention at Lusso Essenziale: convention/exhibition/concert at MACRO Future, Rome, may 21-22-23, around Low Cost culture. An event organized by Lowcoster.
I have contributed to the first issue of “Beyond” with a short urban science fiction story called “the last market”. Series ‘Beyond no.1 – Scenarios and Speculations’ is the first volume of a book series dedicated to new, experimental forms of architectural and urban writing, a bookazine in which, amidst other goodies, an extended network [...]
EXFORMATION. This is a term coined by the Danish Physics Tor Nørretranders in his book the User Illusion, meaning explicitly discarded information. Originally spelt eksformation in Danish, the word first appeared in English in an article Nørretranders wrote in 1992. From Wikipedia: “Effective communication depends on a shared body of knowledge between the persons communicating. [...]
The design allows a civil servant in today’s multicultural environment to blend in with their new society.The pattern is composed of countries depicted dimensionally proportional to their population. Each country’s colour is a sample of the State Head’s complexion, and the geographical shapes are then ‘casually’ assembled one next to the other, so that the [...]
157 has been nominated as finalist for “Italian Oxigen”, a new design prize lauched by Abitare to promote innovative design in Italy. If you are a keen supporter of the project, please vote for it in this popular jury competition: http://abitare.it/speciale-45-1/antonio-scarponi/ or see Abitare special issue Dec-Gen 2008 (pp. 85-87).
Het Wilde Weten Robert Fruinsraad 35 Rotterdam. 6-12 p.m. vernissage saturday – 6 p.m.
The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded every year to breakthrough design solutions with the power and potential to improve our lives and the world. The Curry Stone Design Prize recognizes exceptional, emerging design innovations that contribute to the vitality of the world community. These designs may improve the human spirit, increase awareness of the [...]
The concept “to become famous” focuses the ambition of the artist to be accepted in the art system and, at the same time, the need to survive in everyday life. It represents symbolically all relations between life, love and success, money and the actually basic need of the human being. The project Fama_Fame / Fame_Hunger [...]
Abitare promoted and covered Torino Geodesign: 48 communities 48 projects. RIKEA was one of them and so we’ve got two pages in Abitare n. 483 (pp.56-57).
Catalogue of the Exhibition Geodesign, care of Stefano Boeri, Lucia Tozzi and Stefano Mirti. RIKEA is a project realized in collaboration with IKEA and the Balon free market merchant’s community.
The Dreaming Wall and Human World was recently published in AD Architectural Design N.6 Nov/Dec 2005 special issue ” Sensing the 21st-Century City: Close-Up and Remote” guest-edited by Grahame Shane and Brian McGrath, pp. 48-49.
A long interview with Andrea Branzi was published in AMC N. 150, March 2005, pp. 88-94. The interview was realised in November 2004 as part of my PHD research. Full text in Italian lately published in Abitare‘s blog thanks to Stafano Mirti.