Premio Berlino

For my tiny house project and my future vision on “migratory neighbourhoods”, I was awarded with the “Premio Berlino 2017“. A prestigious recognition for emerging Italian architects which focus their research on urban structure reuse and regeneration. The Prize was given by The Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism MiBACT (General Directorate for Contemporary Art, Architecture and Urban Peripheries), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MAECI (General Directorate for Promotion of the Nation System), the Italian Institute of Culture in Berlin IIC and ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory Berlin.

As recipient of the Prize I will spend a period of six months in Berlin (October 2017 – March 2018) in order to examine topics related to urban structure, reuse and regeneration and to participate to cultural activities (meetings, debates, seminars, urban tours…) especially attending the initiatives promoted by ANCB.

To follow my current involvement with Tinyhouse University, I decided to focus this short period of time to analyze in more details the theme of mobile urban structures and temporary living in the city. I will develop this research at GRAFT Architekten, tutored by architect and founding partner Lars Krückeberg.

GRAFT is a world renowned architectural firm based in Berlin. The office has worked on a very broad a diverse collection of projects, from large scale developments to pop-up architecture. During my period at GRAFT I will work on one of their most successful creation: the SOLARKIOSK, a mobile unit of 8 sqm which aims at giving access to clean energy to off-grid villages in developing countries, especially in Africa. How can SOLARKIOSK “empower” the civilized and fully connected cities of our society? For more updates, visit this page soon.

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In the context of my activities as winner of the “Premio Berlino”, I decided to establish a physical platform to discuss about urban regeneration projects happening now in the city of Berlin.  This is called URBAN [tiny] TALKS, a serie of speed and live streamed conferences held inside my aVOID tiny house. Read more here.