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ACC Lectures 2022 | 12. Albena Yaneva | 19.05.2022

Architectural Anthropology: Six Methodological Suggestions


Albena Yaneva is Professor of Architectural Theory and Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG) at the Manchester Urban Institute. She holds a DEA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and a PhD from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (2001). She has been Visiting Professor at Princeton School of Architecture (2013), Parsons, New School (2015) and Politecnico di Turino (2018). She held the prestigious Lise Meitner Visiting Chair in Architecture at the University of Lund, Sweden (2017-2019). 

Her research is intrinsically transdisciplinary and crosses the boundaries of science studies, cognitive anthropology, architectural theory and political philosophy. 

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19 may 2022 – 1 p.m. CET

ACC Lectures 2022 | 11. CatalyticAction in conversation with Camillo Boano | 17.05.2022

Participatory design in the context of displacement – Stories from Lebanon.


CatalyticAction is a charity that works to empower vulnerable children and their communities through participatory built interventions. We champion the co-production of dignified built environments where everyone can take part in the creation of equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities. Through this process of co-design we build local human capacity that ensures our work has a lasting impact.

Our work has a direct positive impact on:

– Children’s wellbeing: We aim to improve children’s wellbeing through the process of co-design, creating safe and nurturing places that address their needs, acknowledge their rights and materialise their desires.

– Social Cohesion: Our projects encourage collaboration between diverse groups of people as they come together throughout the project cycle. This fosters a sense of ownership and belonging amongst different community members.

– Local economy: We boost the local economy by hiring local labourers, adopting context-appropriate technologies and purchasing local materials.

– Local capacity: We enhance the skill-set of local labourers and small contractors by transferring knowledge around innovative design solutions. We train professionals in participatory design and just-decision making processes, including child protection officers, teachers and city council staff.

– Built environment: Our projects create and rehabilitate spaces, delivering good quality, sustainable and cost-effective built interventions that are dignified and inclusive to all community members.

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17 may 2022 – 1 p.m. CET

ACC Lectures 2022 | 10. Antonio Becchi | 12.05.2022

L’algoritmo impossibile.
Edoardo Benvenuto (1940-1998) e le radici della storia del costruire.


Antonio Becchi (PhD 1994) studied in Italy, France and Germany and he is now working at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). His research interests include the history of construction, mechanics, art, architecture and science. He is the author or co-editor of several books, most recently: Naufragi di terra e di mare. Da Leonardo da Vinci a Theodor Mommsen (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Rome, 2017), Construction History. Survey of a European Building Site (Classiques Garnier, Paris, 2018), Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos (Giunti, Florence, 2021).

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12 may 2022 – 1 p.m. CET

ACC Lectures 2022 | 8. Ekaterina Golovatyuk | 05.05.2022

Museum as Laboratory


Ekaterina Golovatyuk is a Russian architect and researcher, co-founder of GRACE, operating between Moscow and Milan. Golovatyuk’s past work experience includes a long term collaboration with OMA/AMO, focusing on cultural and research projects in Russia, Europe and Hong Kong. On behalf of OMA, she was directly responsible for the design and realization of the Garage Museum for Contemporary Art in Moscow, as well as the development of the educational program for the post-graduate Strelka Institute for Architecture, Media and Design in Moscow. A substantial part of Grace’s portfolio is dedicated to exhibition design and museum architecture. The exhibitions, occasionally also curated by Grace, reveal key themes in the bureau’s work, questioning the relationship between the artwork and its context, and the ubiquitous notion of “white cube”.

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ACC Lectures 2022 | 7. Fosbury Architecture | 28.04.2022



Fosbury Architecture (F.A.) is a collective of design and research collective founded in 2013, and based in Milan. F.A. is currently curator of Prato Urban Center at Centro Pecci (2021). Other recent curatorships include Milano 2030, for Milan Urban Center at La Triennale (2019) and the monographic exhibition Characters at Magazin, an independent space for architecture in Vienna (2022). F.A. has taken part in numerous Architecture Biennials, including the Lisbon Biennial (2019), Versailles (2019), Chicago (2017) and Venice (2016). F.A. was selected for the TYoung 2021 Award, with the set design for the exhibition Verde Prato (2019), at Centro Pecci in Prato. F.A. curated with Alterazioni Video the book Incompiuto: The Birth of a Style (2018), supported by MIBACT which received the honorable mention for the Compasso d’Oro (2020). F.A. he is lecturer at the Domus Academy in Milan and has organized several international workshops including two editions of the Incompiuto Summer School, in Palermo (Manifesta 12) and in Matera within the European Capital of Culture.

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28 april 2022 – 1 p.m. CET

ACC Lectures 2022 | 6. Philip F. Yuan | 21.04.2022

DigitalFUTURES: Human-machine Collaborative Intelligence


Philip F. Yuan Associate Dean, tenured professor of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University. He is also Editor in Chief of Architectural Intelligence.

Yuan is the visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2019) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT, 2021) and ThomasJefferson professor at University of Virginia (UVA, 2019).

Yuan founded DigitalFUTURES Assocation in 2011. He is also the founder of Archi-union Architects and Fab-union Technology.

Yuan plays a leading role in the Frontiers of digital architecture. His research has over 16 publications in the realm of computational design and robotic fabrication. His works have been collected by Moma New York, M+ Hongkong and Centre National d’art et de Culture Georges Pompidou. He has also participated in Venice biennale, Chicago biennale, Milan triennial, Russian biennale etc.

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21 april 2022 – 1 p.m. CET

ACC Lectures 2022 | 5. Perry Kulper | 12.04.2022

Fields of Evidence


Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. In a prior life he was a SCI-Arc faculty member for 17 years and held visiting teaching positions at Penn and ASU during that time. Subsequent to graduate studies at Columbia University he worked in the offices of respected mentors Eisenman/ Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles. His primary interests include: the roles and generative potential of architectural drawing; the outrageously different spatial opportunities offered by using diverse design methods in design practices; and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. He was the Sir Banister Fletcher Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 2018-19. In 2013 he published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with friend and collaborator Nat Chard. They are at work on a new book to be published by UCL Press. Recently he optimistically ventured into the world of the digital, attempting to get a handle on ‘cut + paste’ and ‘magic wand’ operations in Photoshop—as a result he has encountered one of his steeper learning curves. Even more recently he has also been snooping around under the hood of said digital realms. Fantastic beasts have also been on his mind…

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12 april 2022 – 1 p.m. CET

DASP Lunch Seminars 2022

Marzo – Giugno – ogni venerdì ore 13.00-15.00
Aula 9V, Castello del Valentino, Torino e ONLINE

Coltivare la ricerca di base (curiosity driven) è uno degli scopi di un dottorato, insieme a quello di addestrare ai metodi di indagine che sono propri di ciascun sapere e di ciascuna pratica. Un dottorato ha però anche lo scopo di istruire e accendere il dialogo tra pari su temi che sono rilevanti, o perché -innovativi- ci attendono al varco nel futuro, o perché -lontani nelle tradizioni di studio- ci sollecitano dal passato.

Il Dottorato di ricerca in Architettura. Storia e Progetto del Politecnico di Torino (DASP) apre questo semestre le sue attività al confronto, innanzitutto tra le Dottorande e i Dottorandi dei tre cicli tra loro e con i membri del Collegio Docenti, ma anche con ricercatori, esperti e studiosi esterni alla comunità del dottorato.

In una sequenza di dodici incontri, all’ora di pranzo del venerdì e a partire dall’11 marzo, si parlerà di progetti e di storie, di città e di processi, di tecniche e di società, di modelli, di innovazione e di molto altro ancora. Ogni volta, tre o quattro dottorandi prenderanno la parola per raccontare parte del proprio lavoro di ricerca (alle fasi finali o alle fasi iniziali che sia) così da condividerlo e discuterlo con interlocutori appositamente invitati e con gli altri partecipanti all’incontro.

Coordinatore: Marco Trisciuoglio
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ACC Lectures 2022 | 4. Federico Madaro | 07.04.2022

Controversial Advertising or Controversial Standards? The bumpy road leading to success in the Chinese market.


Federico Madaro is Contract Professor of Chinese Language and Literature in The Department of Foreign Languages and Modern Cultures at the University of Torino. His areas of interest and research are Chinese linguistics and Discourse Analysis, with particular attention to the use of profanities in colloquial Chinese and its lexical, pragmatic, social and cultural implications. He is author of several textbooks, grammar compendiums and other learning materials for beginner, intermediate and advanced students of Chinese. At the moment he is also collaborating with the Department of Architecture and Design of the Politecnico di Torino (?Transitional Morphologies? Joint Research Unit) in projects regarding the interconnection of architectural and linguistic elements in the Chinese urban contexts.

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7 april 2022 – 1 p.m. CET

ACC Lectures 2022 | 3. Manuel Orazi | 31.03.2022

Koolhaas e il senso della città. Discussione del volume: Testi sulla (non più) città, Quodlibet 2021

La conferenza si pone come discussione a più voci sul volume recentemente pubblicato da Quodlibet che raccoglie diciannove saggi di Rem Koolhaas sulla città, redatti lungo tutta la carriera dell’architetto olandese e tradotti ad hoc in italiano. Da punti di vista differenti, i relatori imbastiranno un dialogo didattico sulle premesse della raccolta, sui temi che la attraversano e sulla posizione di Koolhaas rispetto al rapporto fra città e luogo, città e cultura, città e abitanti, e – in definitiva, quindi – fra città e architettura. Manuel Orazi presenterà il volume in quanto progetto editoriale, condotto con lo stesso autore; Manfredo di Robilant presenterà i contenuti, delineando una breve biografia intellettuale dell’autore e approfondendo tre testi: ‘Berlino: un arcipelago verde’, ‘Prologo a Singapore Songlines’, ‘Smart city’. Michele Bonino e Filippo De Pieri svolgeranno il ruolo di discussant. La conferenza sarà corredata da un apparato di immagini originali che sarà esso stesso oggetto di discussione.


Manuel Orazi is PhD in History of Architecture and of Cities. He taught at the Universities of Camerino, Bologna and Ferrara. Since 2003 he has been working at the Quodlibet publishing house in Macerata where he edits some series dedicated to architecture, landscape and the city. During his career he has been interested in the work of Rem Koolhaas about which he edited the introduction of “Testi sulla (non più) città” and of whom he tells in “La dimensione contemporanea dell’architettura”.

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31 march 2022 – 1 p.m. CET