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Cersaie 2019: Costruire, Abitare, Pensare

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Now in its eleventh edition, Costruire, Abitare, Pensare (lit. Building, Dwelling, Thinking) successfully pursues the cultural programme of Cersaie. Throughout the years, this event analyses the infinite variations of contemporary life and the context that surrounds its such asresidential, urban and metropolitan design.This comprehensive approach rationally analyses the complex structure of contemporary society. The debate is initially supported by key players on the international design scene, who contribute their experience, vision and ideas.

This year, the panel includes an impressive range of guests. The topics that enliven Cersaie 2019 are just as impressive. Although every speaker has a unique experience to share, they are asked to support their theory by illustrating their main architectural projects with a focus on affordability, sustainability and versatility.



The Chilean architect Felipe Assadi opens the conference series, held at the Galleria dell'Architettura during the Salone Internazionale della Ceramica per l’Architettura e dell’Arredobagno, from the 23rd to the 27th September 2019 in Bologna.

Born in Santiago de Chile in 1971, Felipe Assadistudied architecture at Finis Terrae University as well as a master’s degree in architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2001 he became the head of the school of architecture and design at Finis Terrae University. His work is primarily based in Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, United States, Ecuador and Colombia. Assadi’s projects generally employ affordable materials, easy to source, transport and that you are able to rapidly assemble and disassemble. His most innovative projects include “the remote home”, located in Chile, a 80 sqm home that you assemble and disassemble in under 6 hours and “the 20x20 home”, located in Chile too, based on modular ceramic tiles.

The second speaker is Anupana Kundoo. An internationally renowned, award-winning architect, born in Pune in India in 1964, Anupana Kundoo designs buildings with a low environmental impact, consistent with their surrounding socio-economic context. The talk Economia e sostenibilità nell’architettura by Anupama Kundoo focuses on the architect’s multifaceted, cosmopolitan career that ranges from residential to urban design, illustrated by the architect herself. Her experience is condensed into a vision that blends the build environment and the landscape, the reality of the phenomenon of urban expansion and the relationship with climate change.

From South America too, the Argentinean Emilio Ambasz is equally active on the contemporary architecture scene.

One of the forefathers of green architecture, Emilio Ambasz’s fifty year-long career includes curating exhibitions at MoMA in New York such as the legendary “Italy – The new Domestic Landscape” in 1972 that launched Italian design as an international key player and teaching at the School of Architecture at Princeton University and at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Germany. Ambasz's distinctive style is the celebration of technology combined with the desire to return to nature, this results in an extremely unique combination of styles. His architectural projects include the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, winner of the 1976 Progressive Architecture Award; the Casa de Retiro Espiritual in Cordoba, Spain, winner of the 1980 Progressive Architecture Award; the Conservatory of the San Antonio Botanical Centre in Texas, winner of the 1985 Progressive Architecture Award. He has painted many designs in the field of industrial and mechanical design and the Vertebra chair, designed with Giancarlo Piretti, is part of the Design Collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has received countless coveted awards and has won 3 Compassi d'Oro awards tooi.

Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane from the namesake Parisian architectural practice are going to discuss on the topic digital technology applied to the world of production, materials and the design flexibility of architectural spaces, the protagonists called upon to talk about it.

Their key projects include the Georges Restaurant at the Centre G. Pompidou in Paris (2000), the reconstruction of the Pont-Audemer theatre in Normandy (2001), the Florence Loewy Books des Artists library in Paris (2001), the Docks in Paris (2008), the Cube Orange (2010) and the Euronews headquarters in Lyon (2014).

In May 2019 they won two projects in the international architecture competition "Reinventing Cities", launched in 2017 by C40, the global network of metropolises set up to tackle climate change.

At the end of the intense cultural calendar of the week, the dialogue between Alberto Ferlenga (Rector of the IUAV University of Venice) and Giovanni (photographer and photojournalist of international renown in the field of architecture) on the Cemetery of San Cataldo (Modena) by Aldo Rossi, Pritzker Prize in 1990. A meeting that closes the photography workshop "Sacred Spaces" started at the end of May in collaboration with Casabella Formazione.


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