Brave New Alps

Assembling Hospital(ity)

From the 25th March to the 2nd April, we’ll be in Rosarno (Calabria, southern Italy) to assemble Hospital(ity), the structure we helped build over the last few months in Rovereto, and which will soon be home to a literacy class, a clinic and a legal support point. The facility will be activated by different volunteer groups and organisations providing their services to the many exploited migrant fruitpickers living in the area.

We’ll go there together with 8 of the people who co-built the modules in Rovereto (Ablaye Mboup, Alex Trotta, Douglas Imasuem, Haruna Barr, Luca Modena, Samuel Funtim, Sowanou Komivi and Thierry Mbouli Obama) and with the architecture collective Area 527 (Francesca Bonadiman, Lionella Biancon and Michele Rossa), who designed the structure.

See more about the project on our Facebook profile (yeah! controversial, isn’t it?). Soon also a proper project section on this site about the whole thing.

Beyond Change

On the 8th and 9th March, together with our friends Francisco Laranjo and Gaja Mežnaric Osole, we brought Precarity Pilot to Beyond Change in Basel. It was great sharing the space with Decolonising Design and
depatriarchise design!

Making (multispecies) communities

From the 26th February to the 2nd March, as part of Circolo del Suolo, we hosted a workshop with 30 design students of the Masterstudio Design of the HGK Basel. The students were invited to explore the multispecies communities of the Vallagarina district through walks, observations, screenings, expert inputs, texts and discussions, and to produce an intervention, project proposal, commemorative object or reflection. Thank you everyone who contributed to these super interesting five days!

Our first studio

So here’s a major turning point in our practice. We’re building our first ever studio space, which means we won’t be working from our living rooms, bedrooms or university offices any more.

This probably used to be a storage space in the 200 year old house where we live and Fabio’s family used it as garage until recently. We insulated the floor with 6 cm thick high density rockwool slabs and are now making a floor out of pretty rough sawn fir timber boards. The space should be functional by the end of spring, and will host our MZ770 Risograph, so feel free to visit us and print something if you pass by.

The address is
Via Paissan 40/b
38060 Nomi (TN)

@ HFBK Hamburg / Studio Experimentelles Design

As part of Projekt Bauhaus

Book design: The Social (Re)Production of Architecture

A bit late, here it is. We had the pleasure to design the new book edited by Doina Petrescu of aaa and Kim Trogal and published by Routledge.

Unfortunately, the design of the cover was freely reinterpreted by Routledge without notice before printing. Bravo! Luckily, the inner pages were not redesigned. Thank you. I must say I’m glad that they won’t work so much with external graphic designers any more.

Taking a Line for a Walk

Totally forgot to post about this. We’re thrilled to be part of this inspirational book project by Nina Paim, Corinne Gisel and Emilia Bergmark with two briefs for design students we proposed a few years back on different occasions. The first for a workshop at Architecture, Royal College of Art and the other one for a workshop at Graphic Design, UWE Bristol.

Explorations in Urban Practice

Thank you Rosario Talevi and Markus Bader of raumlaborberlin for including us in the newly published book “Explorations in Urban Practice” in the Urban School Ruhr series with a conversation around practices of commoning. Still have to dive into it, but it looks super promising!

Projekt Bauhaus

We’re excited to be involved in Projekt Bauhaus until September 2018.

We just came back from Berlin, where we contributed to the panel discussion “Spaces of Knowledge” and designed the last session, an informal exchange between the speakers, the curators and the audience with food and drinks we brought from the Vallagarina and that were provided by small organic producers we are collaborating with in the district. We had wine from Eugenio Rosi; cheese, jam, juices and olives from Elisabetta Monti (La Fonte); and more cheese and sausages from Fabio Manfredi.

Over the next year we will be collaborating with Jesko Fezer and his students from the Studio Experimentelles Design at the HFBK in Hamburg to develop a new project within the research framework of COMUNfARE.

@ Beyond Change – Swiss Design Network Conference

Together with Decolonising Design and Depatriarchise Design, we will be activating a discussion platform during the Swiss Design Network Conference Beyond Change on 8-10 March 2018. Thanks to Nina Paim for inviting us into this space.

Let’s go!

You can follow the construction of Hospital/ity on the facebook event page. There we’ll post all the updates and pictures.

Building the Hospital/ity Box

Everything is set for this Saturday. Thanks to all the people who supported the project through the crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, a huge donation of yellow boards and a great space that was given to us for free we’re finally ready to start building! The modular structure, designed by Area527, will be built in Rovereto over 6 intensive collective construction weekends, in order to be then shipped to Rosarno in southern Italy, where it will be assembled in one of the several ghettos in which thousands of exploited crop pickers live. It will work as a place to run language classes, and as a medical and legal support point run dy the different activist groups working in the area. The project is a collaboration between Collettivo Mamadou, Area 527 and us. If you are around one of those days, get in touch!

Projekt Bauhaus – Vorkurs, Werkstatt, Begräbnis

The year 2019 will mark the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus. To celebrate this occasion, a transdisciplinary, international group of experts working to a five-year plan initiated project bauhaus, the aim being to take critical stock of the ideas of the Bauhaus and to render the utopian surplus of the Bauhaus productive for the present.

We are pleased to be contributing to Projekt Bauhaus betwen 2017 and 2018. Initiated by ARCH+, between 2015 and 2019, Projekt Bauhaus offers a new question to debate every year to invite experimental inquiry into a renewal of art, design and architecture in relation to contemporary society.


Just noticed that we never mentioned on here that for almost two years now we have been collaborating with other 8 associations on the project comun’Orto, a community garden in Rovereto. Please see all the activities we organised there on the facebook page of the project (a proper website is on its way). The beautiful posthumanist identity was designed by our friend Gaja Mežnaric Osole.

Papanek Symposium 2017

Pleased to be contributing to this year’s Papanek Symposium on ‘Design and Ethics’ hosted at the Austrian Embassy in London.

The symposium is directed by Alison J. Clarke and co-organised by Leah Armstrong.

The Climate Change of Work


Together with Paolo Plotegher, we will be running a 3-day workshop at the Trojan Horse Summerschool on the Finnish island Bengtsår. Looking forward to this!

Hospital(ity) school – please help with crowdfunding

We need your help to support a crowdfunding campaign for a project we are involved in.

For a few months now, we have been collaborating with an activist collective from Bolzano, who are running Italian courses in the ghettos of Southern Italy, where thousands of heavily exploited crop pickers live in horrible conditions – you may have heard of Rosarno. These are the people who pick the oranges and tangerines, but also many other agricultural products that we daily consume all over Europe.

About a year ago, the collective, called “Mamadou”, started to run language classes in these places – the mastering of Italian being identified as the most important means for self-emancipation.

Now, our plan is to build a modular structure (this was designed by an Italian collective of socially-engaged architects) in Rovereto, with the help of a group of asylum seekers. The ‘shack’ will then be shipped to Rosarno with the help of SOS Rosarno and assembled in the ghetto next to the town. The structure, which will be run by different engaged groups from all over Italy, will host an Italian school and a medical and legal assistance point.

As many of you know, since 2016 we have been setting up QuerciaLAB, a “community maker space” in Rovereto (see picture below), where we organise activities around making, the commons, and community economies, involving asylum seekers, local inhabitants and international guests. The space now hosts a fully-equipped wood workshop, where we plan to build the structure’s modules.

Therefore, we are now trying to raise money to realise this ambitious project. And for this we need your help!

You can donate as much as you want directly over the crowdfunding page: For donations of 20€ and above there is a nice little treat :)

Please download the architectural project here, so you can get a better idea of what’s boiling in the pot.

Also, it would be really great if you could help us spread this campaign as widely as possible through your social networks.

Thank you very much for contributing to make this happen!!

Making Commons Work | Medea Vox

The idea of commons describes practices that rely on sharing and collaboration. But how do you make commons work in practice, and not just in theory?

Traditionally, commons was about sharing natural resources such as land or woods. More recently, the idea of commons is used to describe a growing number of practices that rely on sharing and collaboration, from urban gardening to the production of open source software.

In this Medea Vox episode, Bianca discusses with design researcher Anna Seravalli how to work practically with commons and commoning.

Thanks to Richard Toopgard for the editing work.

By Design or By Disaster 2017

In a few days we’ll be contributing with a talk and a workshop to the upcoming By Design or By Disaster conference, at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen. Very glad to see that our interest for the economies of eco-social design resonates.

… these are the slides of our presentation:

Alpine Commons with Studio Rural+

Between October 2016 and March 2017, together with Hannes Langguth and his group of MA students of Studio Rural+, hosted at the Habitat Unit of the Technical University Berlin, we are exploring the Alpine commons in the Vallagarina district (IT). The intention of this collaboration is to trigger experiments exploring new ways of living and working based on local commons and a collaborative society. How can architects, planners and designers help to imagine new forms of commoning?