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WAVES, 3, 2020


Sketching our homes is the one thing we can do during the isolation due to the pandemy.
It is an extremelly reductive condition, but nonetheless one that opens the mind to new horizons.
The suspended time experience can bring a kind of silence we actually need, deep inside ourselves. We understand our intimate space deeper than we ever had time to.

Drawings made during the #SketchmobItalia's #iorestoacasa Sketchmobs, 2020.


Artificial Intelligence Meets Palladio

COMPLEC/CITY - Anticipating the impact of Artificial Intelligence on cities and buildings.

The Built Environment has grown to a remarkable complexity through the history, and its intricacy goes now to levels that rival with natural environments. 
This process has been accelerated by the Numeric Revolution of the recent decades.

The cityscape will most probably be further affected by the introduction on large scale of Artificial Intelligence. 
As Architecture has always been an expression of the overall society – in its social, environmental, and technological approach – it is very probable that it will also change a lot, even if its most basic functions will remain the same. 

This series of drawings continues the theme first developed in YOU DIDN'T WIN MR. HAUSMANN and GROWTH OVER GROWTH and tries to anticipate how this could happen.



Out of depression or The Negative Island.

Depression - as far as I can understand it - sends you to your own, interior island, all dark and hopeless.
To get to this island, you fall.
This island is closest than the corner of this very room, however it is the farthest island possible.

The Island has smooth, transparent, inverse walls. Concrete. You are completely isolated. Alone. The flow of life goes on around you, but has no meaning and brings no joy anymore.

After ages of darkness you notice some faint light up above, and with infinite patience you start to climb stairs, cross obscure labyrinths, jump above black pits and walk up, always up, along endless corridors and step after step the faint light grows somehow brighter and brighter and ooops, all of a sudden here you are, you feel again the breeze and the sun and the Negative Island is smaller and smaller and finally you are Out of Depression.

…art expresses sentiments, and if architecture is not art, than what it is?


A brief film by Stefan Davidovici and Michele Favale about the extraordinary experience of sketching while climbing is available on youtube. Drawing is about understanding and reflecting through your own mind, eye and hand the reality around you. Nowhere is sketching more natural than on the alpine rock walls, amazing cathedral-like spaces that the climber perceives with the whole body.
Thanks to Michele Favale and his drone for trying to capture some of these amazing moments; to fellow climbers Claudio Sormani, Valentina De Felice and Federico Montagna for gently accepting the weird idea of me sketching while climbing together; and to Giovanni Pesce for the discussion that started all of this.


"There’s always the possibility—or danger—that (in) Rei Kawakubo’s work you see (...) what’s going on inside your own head", says Sarah Mower in Vogue about the last Paris show of Comme des Garçons. It certainly happens to me, because here is my own drawing, transformed in high fashion by the magic hands of Kawakubo. I am honoured and happy to see my own work in a totally new light.


The project of the new HOUSING UNIT 17 in BEER SHEBA, Israel, responds to a call for a new type of community, autonomous in terms of energy consumption and situated in the 'no man's land' areas between the actual city and the surrounding desert.
The Unit works as a testing ground for new technologies related to the use of water recycling and energy production. But the 'industrial' spaces are not relegated to some inaccessible basement. Instead, they become part of the overall project and are indistinguishable from other public and private spaces.
This philosophical and functional choice gives the whole Unit its original, peculiar personality. 
The dialogue with the strong, severe, pitiless but gorgeous nature of the surrounding desert is the other fundamental of the design approach.