The Conceptual Devices position around the concept of ”Anti-Products” is explained in a long conversation titled “There is Always an Alternative: System and Productions” with Nathalie du Pasquier, Catharine Rossi, Jerszy Seymour, in Rethinking the Modular. Adaptable Systems in Architecture and Design, Thames & Hudson, 2016, edited by Burkhard Meltzer and Tido von Oppeln, pp. 46-57. [...]
In 2008 as acceptance speech for the Curry Stone Design Prize, I have written a document, titled the Triangular Design Manifesto. At that time of the nomination, I was finishing my Ph.D. dissertation, and I felt that if an architect has something to say, they should simply say it. I still believe that there is [...]
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. [...]
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 Trampolines Suite Hotel has got a very nice media coverage. Here a is a screen shot list of some blogs writing about it.
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. [...]
The Globe / Hedron has received a nice media coverage over the internet. Here some screenshots of some of the most popular design and sustainability blogs who review it.
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 [...]
TANTO has reveived some nice press reviews at Swiss-Miss, LikeCool, BoingBoing.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Yökalenteri is a calendar that displays the night’s duration along the year at Helsinki latitudes. Yökalenteri means, in Finnish, “night calendar”, a collaboration with Poetess Cia Rinne presented for the first time ISCP, Brooklyn, NY, for the exhibition Terra Infirma, curated by Chiara Sartori. Yökalenteri is now published on the Swedish poetry magazine Kontur #3 [...]
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 [...]
#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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.