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La Città Libera is a participatory tool that challenges architecture to explore the consequences of an off-grid urban form. La Città Libera consists of a 1:50 wooden model with basic architectural elements to develop a given plot at hight living standards, providing the necessary surfaces for producing electricity, hot water, food and to depurate the water [...]


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 [...]

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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 [...]


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 [...]


Antonio Scarponi, ELIOOO, Book Mockup

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]

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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 [...]


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 [...]


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. We  rather need to get rid of some of them, to reduce the complex network of things around [...]



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 [...]


Antonio Scrponi, Wired Unplugged, DVD sleeve

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.


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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 [...]



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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[with K_maps_Emanuele Bompan + Riccardo Pravettoni] Malthus’ is a project designed for an Exhibition called FAMA/FAME (Hunger/Fame) 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 [...]


Italia in fumo [with Peppe Clemente] means “Italy up in smoke”. It is a project for the promotion and the divulgation of the Italian Constitution. The project frames articles concerning the “Fundamental Rights of the Republic” (Parte I, Principii Fondamentali) and a selection of “Rights and Duties of the Citizens” (Parte II, Diritti e Doveri dei Cittadini) [...]



Produced by Arbos, Italy RE-USE allows to re-use the back of discarded photocopies or of any computer-printed document. Follow the Re-use instructions, download Re-use files and print out your diary, the notebook and address book on the blank side of any standard-sized printed paper. You can then bind your Re-use simply with the help of [...]



Hand knotted carpet, 2003-2004_270 x 270 cm_private collection, Prato, Italy.



Hand knotted carpet_2003-2004_180 x 300 cm_Private Collection, Firenze, Italy. Polis is a carpet that symbolically represents the entire population of the World. Each section contains the flags of the continent proportionally enlarged to the population of the States they represent. A knot in the carpet stands for 23 people.


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 [...]