13 Gennaio 2020

Riccardo Blumer

Riccardo Blumer was born in Nembro, in Bergamo province. He obtained his degree in architecture at Milan Polytechnic in 1982, after that he worked for the Mario Botta Studio in Lugano. He is a professor and the director of the Accademia di Architettura (Università della Svizzera Italiana) in Mendrisio. 

As architect, since 1988 he has designed residential buildings, private interiors, projects for exhibitions, service and industrial facilities. He collaborated with interior design firms such as Alias (chairs: Laleggera, Ghisa, Limited Edition, Dinamica), Artemide (lamps: Cricket and Mandraky), Desalto (chair: Entronauta), Poliform (chair: BB), Ycami (chair: Origami), B&B (Cuoio teso), Flou (bed: Rem), Byografia (chair: Arco). In 1997 he is awarded the “Design Preis Schweiz” and in 1998 the “Compasso d’Oro” as well as a series of minor prizes, all for the Laleggera chair of 1994. In 2010 his Laleggera chair for Alias and Entronauta for Desalto were included in the permanent collection at MoMA, New York. Over the years, a number of monographs have accompanied his works, among which “Riccardo Blumer, esperienze di architettura e design” (Skira, 1996); “Riccardo Blumer. Intersezioni” (Skira, 1999); “Dentro la Scala” (Electa, 2008); “Riccardo Blumer” (Hachette, 2011), just to name a few.

3 Gennaio 2020

Marco Biraghi

Marco Biraghi is Professor of the History of Contemporary Architecture at Milan Polytechnic University, where he graduated in 1986 under Massimo Cacciari. He is the author of remarkable books among which "Progetto di crisi. Manfredo Tafuri e l'architettura contemporanea" (Marinotti Edizioni, 2005, The MIT Press, 2013); "Storia dell'architettura italiana 1985-2012" (with Silvia Micheli, Einaudi, 2013); "Identification Parade: Manfredo Tafuri and Rem Koolhaas" (Textem Verlag, 2011); "Storia dell'architettura contemporanea I-II" (Einaudi, 2008).

31 Ottobre 2019

Alessandro Melis

Alessandro Melis is the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020. He’s Professor at the University of Portsmouth since 2016. His specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests are in the fields of climate sensitive design, sustainable strategies for urban mutations, environmental policies, radical theories and criticism, resilience, and sustainable conservation. Previously, at the University of Auckland, he has been the head of the technology area and director of the Postgraduate engagement (School of Architecture and Planning). He hold a PhD in Architecture Design at University of Florence. He has been honorary fellow at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and a keynote speaker at the China Academy of Art, at the MoMA New York and at the Venice Biennale. He has written books and articles published in Europe, New Zealand and USA. In 1996 he founded Heliopolis 21, an architecture and urban design firm based in Italy and Germany (Berlin).

2 Ottobre 2019

Margherita Petranzan

Margherita Petranzan is an architect and designer, who graduated in 1972 from IUAV, Venice. Founder and owner of the Petranzan-Bovo architectural studio since 1974, she deals with public, private, restoration, urban regeneration and design. From 2004 to 2016 she taught Elements of criticism of architecture. The drifts of contemporary architecture at the Polytechnic in Milan. In 2018 she is included by the Milan Triennale in a group of international advisers to report a list of eligible candidates of the VI gold medal of Italian Architecture. She founded in 1988 and still directs, with the collaboration of M. Cacciari, E. Benvenuto, G. Mazzariol, A. Natalini, V. Pastor and L. Puppi, the Architecture and Arts magazine Anfione e Zeto (AZ). Since 1992 he has been the editor of the philosophy magazine Paradosso, whose executive committee is formed by M. Cacciari, U. Curi, S. Givone, G. Marramao, C. Sini and V. Vitiello. Since 2009 she is deputy director of the series Quaderni del territorio. Architetture e luoghi del contemporaneo, Il Poligrafo. Since 2011 she is a member of the scientific committee of the French multidisciplinary magazine Oscillations. Since 2014 she has been the manager of Medioevo. Rivista di storia della filosofia medievale. She participated and organized a number of exhibitions, conferences and workshops; she authored books as Gae Aulenti, (Rizzoli, 1996; Skira, 2002), Costruzioni (Il Poligrafo, Padova, 2013) and edited together with Gianfranco Neri the book Franco Purini. La città uguale (Il Poligrafo, 2005), among others.

12 Settembre 2019

Marco Cappelletti

Marco Cappelletti, photographer, born in 1987, lives and works between Milan and Venice.
Until 2011 he studied and worked in the field of precision mechanics.
In 2013 he graduated in photography at CFP Bauer in Milan and started to work for DSL Studio where he was later associated from 2015 until 2019.

He collaborated with some of the major contemporary artists and architects — among which Thomas Demand, Ila Beka & Louise Lemoine, OMA, Aires Mateus Arquitectos, Kengo Kuma and Associates, KAAN Architecten, Labics.
Furthermore, he collaborates with numerous cultural institutions such as Fondazione Prada, Pinault Collection, Fondazione Zegna, Architecture Academy of Mendrisio and V-A-C Foundation.

His pictures have been displayed at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Manifesta 12, the Triennale di Milano, the maXXI in Rome, the Design Museum in London, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. They are, as well, regularly published in magazines and newspapers such as Domus, Wallpaper, Casabella, Abitare, C3 Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Kommersant, Arquitectura Viva, Archistorm, L'Architecture Aujourd'hui, Living, Elle Decor, L’Officiel, ICON, ICON Design, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Le Monde, Le Figaro, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal.

4 Luglio 2019

Elisa Dainese

Visiting Fellow 2019/2020

Dr. Dainese is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture at Dalhousie University, Canada. She works on issues of decolonization and postcolonial theory, global history and modernism with a focus on the transoceanic exchange between African, European and American architecture. She has published widely in architectural books and magazines (JSAH, JA and Thresholds) and her research has received grants and awards from Columbia University, Bruno Zevi Foundation, CCA, GAHTC, and the Graham Foundation. In January 2020, she will join the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech as the new Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Architecture.

We're really proud to announce that Elisa Dainese will be Visiting Fellow 2020 of Pisa University. The program of Visiting Fellows enhances international relationships between the University and scholars, professionals and researchers, allowing a fruitful exchange of knowledge and know-how.

25 Giugno 2019

Valter Scelsi

Valter Scelsi is an architect and researcher who teaches architectural design at the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2011 his activity was linked to Sp10, the architectural office he co-founded. From 2003 to 2007 he worked on a programme of research into the theme of contemporary life conducted by Edoardo Sanguineti. He is associate professor in Architectural and Urban Design. In 2012 and 104 he took part in the Venice Biennale of Architecture. The author of essays and critical writings on architecture, he conceived and is the editor of the series “Testi d’Architettura” published by Sagep.

25 Giugno 2019

Giovanni Corbellini

Giovanni Corbellini is full professor in the field of architectural design at the Polytechnic of Turin. Since 2008 he is member of the faculty of the international PhD Villard de Honnecourt. He participated in numerous national and international design competitions, getting some awards and special mentions. Between 1992 and 1995 he worked as an editor with the publisher Electa. His latest books are Bioreboot: The Architecture of R&Sie(n) (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), Dr Corbellini Pills (Letteraventidue, 20160; translated in French, 2012, first Italian edition, 2010), Housing is Back in Town (LetteraVentidue, 2012), Parametrico Nostrano (Homemade Parametric, LetteraVentidue, 2013; with Cecilia Morassi), Lo spazio dicibile. Architettura e narrativa (Speakable Space, LetteraVentidue, 2016), Telling Spaces (LetteraVentidue, 2018).

25 Giugno 2019

Marco Brizzi

Marco Brizzi, PhD, is architecture critic and curator. He teaches Architectural Design at California State University (since 2000), Video, Media, and Architecture and Theories of Architecture at Kent State University (since 2009), both in Florence. He also teaches Theory and History of Design Communication at University of San Marino. Founder and president of Image www.image-web.org, a company whose aim is enhancing the design discourse by promoting a wider knowledge of media issues in architecture, Marco Brizzi founded and curated from 1997 to 2009 the Beyond Media festival, an event promoted by the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Florence, and the University of Florence. He has been for 16 years director of “arch’it” www.architettura.it, online architectural magazine founded in 1995: the first and one of the most widely read Italian digital magazine on architecture. Among his other editorial activities, Marco has been editor in chief of FFF www.firenzefastforward.it, magazine devoted to design visions for the city of Florence. In 2015, his intention to share a wide collection of architecture videos and his personal experience on this specific kind of documents brought him to create the archive/magazine “The Architecture Player”. Marco Brizzi received prestigious acknowledgements. He has been appointed as a juror in competition and prize juries, in Italy and abroad. He is advisor for the Mies van der Rohe Award. As director of “arch’it” he was finalist for the Golden Medal to architectural criticism awarded by the Triennale di Milano.

15 Giugno 2019

Pascal Schwaighofer

Pascal Schwaighofer lives and works in Zurich (CH) and Ithaca (USA). He graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan and is currently a Ph.D. student at the Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, writing a dissertation on the politico-philosophical implications of the swarm, network and multitude, iconically embedded in the “honeybee metaphor.” Schwaighofer’s artistic practice focuses on metaphors, legends and analogies of apparently unrelated narratives, politics, and aesthetics. Recent exhibitions at the Center of Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (2019); Kunstmuseum, Olten (2018); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2017); Villa Bernasconi, Geneva (2017); Kolumba Museum, Cologne (2017); Public Art in Zurich (2016); Kunstmuseum Lucerne (2015); MAGA museum, Gallarate (2015); Aargauer Kunsthaus, (2012); and Kunstmuseum Solothurn, (2011). Solo exhibitions at Museo Vincenzo Vela, Ligornetto (2016); Kolumba Museum, Cologne (2013); the Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2012); Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano (2011); AR/GE kunst, Galerie museum, Bozen/Bolzano. Recent lectures include La classe sterile, with Christian Marazzi, at Museo Vincenzo Vela (2016); The Fable of the Bees, at Performa Festival (2015); Tulipmania, with Jan Verwoert, at Le Foyer, Zurich (2014). He was awarded the Manor Art Prize, Ticino, Switzerland and the Swiss Art Awards (2011). In January 2016 Tulipmania was released, a publication based on a dialogue between Jan Verwoert and Pascal Schwaighofer as an extension of a multi-part work called Economimesis. In 2011 he was selected for the Collection Cahier d’Artiste, a publication series promoted by the Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia.

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