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Urban Devices

What would it take, today, to imagine an off-grid urbanization? La Città Libera is a model that feature a basic taxonomy architectural elements and the necessary equipment to produce electricity, hot water, food, and depurate waste, for housing units for four people. The model is conceived as an “urban toy” in which potential inhabitants could [...]


Campo Libero (The Innocent House) is a mobile device for the reactivation of the lands confiscated from the mafia in the south of Italy. Designed as an off-grid rural mobile pavilion for the Italian organization Libera, which promotes legality by training volunteers, providing legal support and helping refugees working with no rights in the tomato [...]


Thun is the design of a shadow line, conveyed on top of a thin wooden structure. It’s a light landscape furniture designed to host open-air moment of convivial life. Thun was conceived as an “architectural portrait” of the valley generated by the river that flows into the homonymous lake that also gives the name to [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]

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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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]

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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 [...]



Microstructures for instant urbanization: the free market square Ballon, Turin. [with Marco Lampugnani] RIKEA is a prototype for a micro urban structure that conceives the free market Ballon, Turin, as a system of “instant urbanization”. The project was prototyped together with IKEA and Italcementi. It consists of tiles for the recognition of the merchants’ position [...]

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Memorial to the victims of modernity. [collaboration with Andrea Zausa] 157 is a project for a permanent urban installation conceived as memorial to the victims of modernity. 157 is the number of the workers who died of cancer due to the long exposure of PVC and CVM in the petrochemical factory in Marghera, Venice. 157 [...]



Preliminary project_renovation_Trentino, Italy_ [collaborator Stefano Massa] The Cupboard House is a preliminary project for a renovation of a dwelling unit constructed at the beginning of the last century in Trentino during autarchy.The project is organized along a vertical cupboard of 15 meters that contains all the technical facilities: staircase, bathrooms, kitchen, wardrobes, electrical equipments and [...]


Project, 2004. A. Scarponi, S.Massa, F. Pedrini, A.De Luca _ A vertical Public Space. The Dreaming Wall is a project for a blank wall in an historical square of Milan, originally submitted for a competition. The wall is conceived as an Info Forum: a public vertical space reflecting the dual character of the city [...]