Freedom room: design as a tool for freedom
Team leader of several projects involving research, design and architecture, his work is focused on the interactions between people and their environment and on the use of new materials and technologies. Since 2003 he collaborates with Aldo Cibic and together they have worked on projects for institutions and universities, in Italy and abroad. He taught at the Parson School of New York, at the IUAV of Venice, at the Politecnico and at the Domus Academy of Milan. In 2005 he coordinated the Design Department of Fabrica.
Tommaso will talk to us about social design through a research project about homes, “Freedom Room”, thought and developed with the help of a group of individuals incarcerated in the maximum security prison of Spoleto.
Chiara is a tenant farmer. She has graduated in agricultural sciences and technologies from Padua University; for over 15 years she has been spreading environmental awareness and teaching schools about gardens. She has also been working for over five years on a business project at the family farm in Vicenza, in the countryside just outside the city, land threatened more and more by the growing urbanization. When her children were born, she created 100Orti, wanting to personally contribute to their future (and present). This project translates to producing and sharing products, flavors and knowledge concerning the agricultural biodiversity. Today her business cultivates about a thousand different varieties, all organic, between fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, mostly belonging to uncommon varieties that, due to genetics and cultivation techniques, have incredible flavors, colors, scents.
In her speech Chiara will guide us through her experiences with nature's own timetable and will share how we can become a vessel between land and humans.
What gardening has taught me about social media
Thomas is an internet researcher and a double PhD candidate at Georgia State University, Atlanta/USA and at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz/Germany. His research field includes new media, the public's involvement and political communication. He is a member of the Association of Internet Researchers, of the National Communication Association, and of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. His work has already been published on international magazines like Technoculture. Since the summer of 2014 he has been the owner of Innovation Fellowship at Georgia State University.
In his speech Thomas will talk to us about Twitter, the power of this tool and about the future of communication in the world of social media.
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Mattia was born in 1976 in a family of painters. He is inspired to become a sculptor after attending some courses in Philosophy. In his work, he believes that the raw material already brings with it new ideas and possibilities. The mold becomes an opportunity to reflect on the potential of the material being used, even when this means countering it. At the same time, carving is a chance to rethink our relationship with things and our bodies. Atipografia, a space for contemporary art in Vicenza, invited Mattia to stay for 5 weeks and, while there, Mattia transformed the trees taken down by the Comune of Arzignano in sculptures. On the stage of the Teatro Olimpico we will see one of these sculptures.
The future will be our past
Beltramini is an Historian of architecture and a curator, his research concerns especially the Renaissance. He has been the director of the “Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio” in Vicenza since 2011. He is a board member of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and also a member of the international scientific committee for the English magazine Architectural History. The next fall Beltramini will be a visiting professor at Harvard University. He led several exhibits in Vicenza, at the Biennale of Venice, at the Royal Academy of Art in London, at the Morgan Library and Museum of New York, at the National Building Museum of Washington and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture of Montreal.
In his talk, Guido will teach us how we can build, through our past, the cultural platform for the architecture of the future.