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. [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
PhD presentation and defense. IUAV, Palazzo Badoer, Venezia, Italy @ 15.30.
Article published on “Anarchitecture” n.18, September 2007; p. 112.
During PhD workshops the risk of dying young are very high. In order to prevent this risk, my friends (Claudio Colla, Matteo Ghidoni, Andrea Petrecca, Martino Tattara, Fabio Vanin) and I decided to apply for a competition that was addressing the issue of “living toghether” as a way to esplore the academical topic and remain [...]
I have made a workshop in an Estonian Kolkhoz. I was invited to talk about it in Venice. This happened to be in a book: “Citying. Pratiche Creative del fare città“, edited by Riccardo Caldura, Venezia Supernova, Venezia, pp. 62-66. In this workshop I have tried to involve the inhabitants. In order to do so [...]
00_ Design should not be based on formal principles – but always on an idea of society. 01_ Designed forms represent possible social orders and a lot of their contradictions. 02_ Design is everything. Anything could be designed. Everyone is a designer. 03_ Design allows social innovations. Often it is not made by designers. 04_ [...]