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  1. Workshop | Mar 2019
    Strelka
    Moscow | Russia

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    Defining the everyday in the city of extremes

    Speculative designs for Sobornaya square in Magadan

    Extremely East: 59°34′N 150°48′E / Extremely Recent: 1930 Extremely Cold: −18.5 (Average Low. Jan.) / Extremely Isolated: 2.000km away from nearest city (Yakutsk).
    If public spaces are stages of the everyday, how to design an urban square on such extreme city? Participants are invited to work in teams and elaborate speculative design attempts in order to foster new processes of space appropriation. The aim of the workshop is to avoid deterministic and over-designed solutions but, instead, to create the conditions for unexpected and open-ended dynamics, where daily life takes central stage and users transform into performers. The definition of conditions (e.g. spatial definition, climate comfort, accessibility) is key to empower people to live public spaces as theirs, fostering improvisation rather than control.

  2. Lec­ture | Oct 2016
    Med Net 3 – Resiligence
    Genova | Italy

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    Med.Net 03 Forum, ADD organizes two days of scientific and creative meeting and exchange dedicated to promote a strategic vision about the theme of “resilience” and its innovative approach.
    “The Resili(g)ence meeting proposes to combine “Intelligent Cities” (information, knowledge, projection and adaptation) and “Resilient City” (resistance and recycling, reaction and recovery, renovation and adaptation) in a new sensory condition, sensorized and time sensitive.”

     

  3. Teaching | Sep 2016
    Landscapes on the Move | Amsterdam Academy
    Amsterdam | Netherlands

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    Ringroads are motorway systems build around a town or a city. Such infrastructures are often barriers that separate the city into an internal and external part; they reduce physical connectivity between parts and they disconnect functions. The areas next to such infrastructures have a very specific programmatic typology. With time they have attracted program that was not disadvantaged by the disturbed condition that the highway creates (noise, pollution, disconnection…) such as industrial areas and warehouses.

    On the other hand, such areas have also been occupied by large scale open and recreational spaces such has parks, allotments, gardens, golf courses, and zoos. But, even more interesting, ringroads have created ‘no man’s land’, unused leftover spaces where it is not possible to build (yet) and that haven’t been dedicated to specific functions. No use, and no identity. Highways are an example of the concept that disturbance organises cities. The consequence: it attracts certain functions and dismisses other ones. But, if we look at the trends in mobility, we know the condition of traffic will improve: smart mobility technologies and sharing systems might reduce the number of cars and the needed space for traffic. Furthermore, the diffusion of the electric cars will reduce noise and cut environmental pollution.

    Assuming such trends won’t be disregarded and the environmental conditions of these areas – next to and within highways – will dramatically improve in the coming 1 or 2 decades, what is the future of motorway landscapes in cities? What is the future of ringroad landscapes? What is the future of the A10 landscape? The node created by the intersection of the A8 with the A10 in the North-West of the city is an occasion to elaborate on infrastructural spaces in general,but also on Amsterdam and its relation with its ringroad.

  4. Lec­ture | Dec2015
    RAoB Rotterdam Academy
    Rotterdam | Netherlands

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    We centered the lecture around our interest in spontaneous colonization of public spaces (both by people and by nature) with a special attention to the city of Rotterdam.
    In-fact back in 2012 we made several field trips in neglected part of the city as industrial areas an vacant lots studying the spontaneous wild vegetation growing there. Non-native plants thrive where native ones do not: their importance is crucial. We deepen our interest with our Diverse Networks project , a strategy for increasing biodiversity in Rotterdam by rethinking and reusing the public transportation network. 

  5. Workshop | Nov 2015
    It Doesn’t Take Much
    Genova | Italy

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    ‘It Doesn’t Take Much!’ workshop aims to prove how minimal interventions can change the perception of spaces and the their usability and how we can trigger spontaneous use of the space with low-cost and easy to implement measures. The workshops intent is to directly intervene in the public space of the historical center of Genova, observing and documenting with documentary film technique, how the interventions effect people’s behaviours.

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  6. Lecture | Nov 2015
    MIT
    Cambridge | USA

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    Openfabric’s aim is to generate spaces where the city, society and nature come together, addressing spontaneity rather than imposing rigid design and planning solutions. The office in its first 4 years has been designing spaces and strategies where people and nature can ‘colonize’ the landscape freely, finding solutions to avoid over-design and over-regulation. Bringing back to the city wild nature and fostering non-formal uses of the public space can generate an array of unusual and transient activities resulting in new social and ecological patterns.

  7. Lec­ture | Nov 2015
    Cornell
    Ithaca | USA

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    Openfabric’s aim is to generate spaces where the city, society and nature come together, addressing spontaneity rather than imposing rigid design and planning solutions. The office in its first 4 years has been designing spaces and strategies where people and nature can ‘colonize’ the landscape freely, finding solutions to avoid over-design and over-regulation. Bringing back to the city wild nature and fostering non-formal uses of the public space can generate an array of unusual and transient activities resulting in new social and ecological patterns.

  8. Lecture | Oct 2014
    Parco+ Villa Croce
    Genova | Italy

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    ‘Parco+, an urban park for Villa Croce’ is a design workshop that was held in Genoa, Italy, between the 22 and 26 September 2014.
    A series of conferences and lectures have been integral part of the workshop. Guests have deepen into their experience in art, architecture and landscape; amongst others: Francesco Garofalo and Barbara Costantino (Openfabric, Rotterdam), Valter Scelsi (Scuola Politecnica di Genova), Alberto Gianfreda (Accademia di Brera), Stefano larotonda (USI-Mendrisio), il collettivo ICAR65, Luca Bochicchio (Ph.D, storico dell’arte contemporanea e curatore), Splace (Genova), Luca Depietri (Pro-Helvetia, Locarno), Paolo Basso (D’Appolonia, Genova), Anna Martinelli (Italfim, Bergamo)

  9. Lecture | Jun 2015
    TU Delft
    Delft | Netherlands

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    Openfabric, as part of the winning team, together with UNLab, CoRDA and the Environmental Technology & Urban Design department of TU Delft, were invited to present Berat Island Project, Friday on the 26th of June.

    The teams presented the Berat Island winning project “Research by Design: Exploring Resilience – Lifelines between Memory and Transformation” and introduced the next implementation phases of the process. The event was followed by professors and students at TU Delft.

     

  10. Lecture | May 2015
    Genova University
    Genoa | Italy

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    The University of Genoa has invited us to lecture about our experience in the market as a young office. By describing our business model, the markets in the different countries we are working in and our projects, we gave an overview of what Openfabric did in its first 3 years and the direction we intent to overtake for the coming times.

     

  11. Lecture | Feb 2014
    UniPolis University
    Tirana | Albania

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    Openfabric has presented to UniPolis’ students and teachers some of the latest office projects following the theme of ‘the wild dream’. The role of wild vegetation in urban contexts as well as people’s relation with ‘real’ wilderness have been under the spot light of the lecture. Special attention has been given to our strategy for the ‘Riviera’ southern coastal area of Albania.

  12. Lecture | Nov 2014
    New Generation Festival
    Florence | Italy

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    New Generations Festival invited professionals from all over the world to Florence in order to re-think the boundaries of our profession. A variety of topics related to the future of architecture have been discussed through lectures, debates, workshops and pecha-kutchas. Openfabric has participated to several initiatives of the festival.

  13. Lecture | May 2015
    Il Sabato del Paesaggio
    Verona | Italy

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    ‘Il Sabato del Paesaggio’ is an international cycle of conferences held in Verona, that brings together people of the Landscape Architecture environment. Openfabric has been invited in May 2015 to showcase the latest office projects in the framework of the best >36yo NIB award.

     

     

  14. Lecture | Nov 2014
    New Generation Festival
    Milan | Italy

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    Openfabric has been invited to lecture and to debate on the topics of how the financial crisis affected our profession.
    The main objective of the New Generations Festival in Milan is to create the conditions for a real encounter that is extremely important to improve bonding and collaboration among different professionals.
    The new Generations research analyzes the impact of the financial crisis on young European architects, with a series of video interviews to a selection of 36 young architectural practices.