WOHNEN abitare oggi/living today. Public Lectures Spring Semester 2023/24

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Academy of Architecture

2 February 2024

Public Lectures Spring Semester 2023/24


abitare oggi/living today ​​​​​​


In years of a necessary overall rethinking of architectural making, can the search for archetypes and common roots offer strategies for new paradigms of living? The changed social and economic, cultural and psychological needs of populations lead to the search for innovative housing typologies and new flexibilities, associated with the experiences of shared and collaborative living, which will increasingly have to be combined with productive-entrepreneurial, commercial, and cultural dissemination activities, in addition to the essential facilities/services open to residential neighbourhoods. This is why, for example, revisiting experimental settlement patterns of the past referring to different cultures and geographical areas may once again become highly relevant. All this necessarily goes through processes that must be able to subvert established prejudices and to dismantle mental superstructures and cultural mechanisms linked to planning-administrative and economic development models that are by now obsolete and no longer pursuable, also in respect for future generations.
The lecture series intends to bring attention back to a key topic in architectural education by bringing to the Academy of Mendrisio a series of European architectural practices that in different ways have successfully addressed the issue of living.


  • 14/03/2024 - 6.30 pm
    ARTEC, Wien
    Bettina Götz, Richard Manahl
    elementary particles


  • 21/03/2024 - 6.30 pm
    BOVENBOUW, Antwerpen
    Dirk Somers
    everything a house 


  • 11/04/2024 - 6.30 pm
    MUOTO, Paris
    Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau 
    practices of freedom


  • 18/04/2024 - 6.30 pm
    LACOL, Barcelona
    Cristina Gamboa 


Lectures take place at the Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio and are streamed live.