Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Balloons’ sky

Thursday, July 5th, 2018



This project is called “Balloons’ sky”, it was developed during the course of Interior Architecture in the “Politecnico di Milano”. It is an example of architectural temporary installation, it consists in creating an artificial coloured roof on a square in order to give people a new enjoyable space to rest and live in.

The concept is simple, it is all about a plastic net hooked up to trees or ledges by plastic ropes at the borders and in the centre, just to lift the net up to prevent the exit of the balloons, which will be already inflated. In fact, They will be provided to passers-by who will be actively involved in this architectural creation. The new roof will be done quickly.

The aim of this project is to let the citizens create their own architecture, giving the possibility to adults and children to collaborate to create something that could temporary change a part of the city, providing it a new face. Thanks to this kind of simple transformation we could obtain new spaces, completely different from what we had before the installation. Inside the space created people can find a colourful, safe and relaxing environment, far from the incessant and frenetic rhythm of the city, more private, able to give shelter in sunny days, becoming a nice and particular stopping point for everyone.

In general, an area to be defined a gift for the entire population has to be a place in which people love to stay and live. From a little modification it can produce sensitive changes to everyday life, making the city more human and livable.

First of all citizenship needs spaces that they can understand, which they can use in the way they want.

This architectural game is made for everyone, easy to build and enjoy, it is able to give the society a renewed place open to countless new uses, from the children’s play to the older’s rest.

Alessio Genna



Lecture series at POLIMI

Monday, November 6th, 2017

“Close, Closer”: Triennale Millennium BCP Universities Award Competition

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The site of the competition for university students is the new headquarters of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, the Palácio Sinel de Cordes in Campo de Santa Clara, Lisbon. We invite students to put forward a programmatic intervention for this Palace that addresses the theme of Close, Closer. It can be an installation of great beauty, drama or simplicity, an idea or a text, a publishing programme or a radio station. A long-term element of infrastructure or a site-specific piece for the opening. Students will be given a budget to make their intervention and proposals from interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.


link to the competition call

New Concordia Island Contest

Friday, July 27th, 2012

In recent decades the dissemination and accentuationof the perception of disaster have fueled insecurity and collective fear by encouraging the development of technicist rhetoric, that uses engineering as linear solution to the issues.

Above a certain line of speed and employment of information, a disaster takes such a social and cultural significance that technical knowledge and economies are forced to reorganize themselves exclusively within its logic. The promise of a total security guaranteed by Rhetoric is the answer to the collective fear unleashed by the media. Read the rest of this entry »

Archeonet workshop 26-30 June

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

[Borgo Marinella conceptual idea by Melissa Renzi e Barbara Ripari]

Archeonet is a research developed within the Faculty of Architecture of Genoa and financed by the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research.

Aim of Archeonet is the valorisation of the cultural and natural Italian heritage through the development of archaeological sites, museums that manage them and geographical areas in which these sites are. The basic idea of this research is that the economical resources produced by mass tourism can be partly readdressed and redistributed along the territory in order to promote other areas where there are important sites of historical and cultural interest, but not yet included in the chain of international tourism.

Location: Luni (SP)
Date: 26-30 June


CI-Interiors I 120404 I Sue Barr

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Sue Barr is an architect photographer teaching at the Architectural Association, and ‘Architecture of Transit‘ is her research work at Royal College of London. The project uses large format digital photography to produce topographical photographs to research justaposition and complexity in the landscapes of motorway architecture between Alps and Naples.

Milano bad news

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Il Brutto dell’architettura
Ovvero lo strano caso di Giancarlo Perrotta
di Marco Biraghi [da]
Già lo si è detto: l’architettura è un fatto complesso. Le sue implicazioni sono innanzitutto finanziarie, impegnando di sovente ingenti capitali economici. Ma sono anche politiche e sociali, coinvolgendo la sfera del “pubblico”, tanto sul versante della sua amministrazione quanto su quello della sua fruizione. Non minori sono inoltre i suoi effetti urbanistici e, almeno in alcuni casi, il suo impatto sulla mobilità e sul traffico. L’architettura ha poi evidenti ricadute ambientali, esercitando inevitabilmente un impatto sul luogo in cui si inserisce, e in un senso più lato valenze culturali, essendo il prodotto cosciente di una civiltà e di un’epoca. L’architettura insomma è qualcosa che difficilmente può essere considerata in modo esclusivo sotto il profilo estetico. Parlare di architettura fermandosi alla questione del “bello” è certamente limitato. Ma perché questo sembra giustificare certi architetti a produrre architetture così brutte? >>> continua a leggere