Mentors Aljaž Vindiš Koponen+Hildén Office of Displaced Designers Paolo Patelli Servis 8 Workshop participants

Paolo Patelli



Support structures for thinking heritage
Facilitator: Paolo Patelli
Topic summary: This design studio propose to think out design proposals and to make prototypes with the aim to experience, discuss and possibly renew the significance of monuments and heritage in the city. In this workshop, material culture is specifically looked at as the support structure of a gathering, as the structure of a conversation. Monuments are often equalled to listed artistic works, or inert materials with a half-forgotten ideological background. What happens when we deconstruct their definition? When we follow them through time and through space? When we set to find or make new ones? When they have to have a function? Or when they are fictional, from parallel worlds, for a world that could be, instead of one that is? When they ask questions instead of reminding answers?

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Paolo Patelli is an architect and a researcher, currently based in the Netherlands. Through his practice and collaborative inquiries, he engages critically and by design with space, society and technology.

He received his PhD in Architectural and Urban Design from Politecnico di Milano in 2015. In 2016, he was part of New Europeans, the arts and design programme of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU (Amsterdam), and of the Design Research team of “Reset Modernity!”, an exhibition co-curated by Bruno Latour at ZMK (Karlsruhe). Personal projects have been shown at BIO 50 the 24th Design Biennale in Ljubljana, Adhocracy Athens, RMIT Gallery in Melbourne, TodaysArt in The Hague. He regularly hosts workshops, including at ZMK in Karlsruhe, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, Transmediale in Berlin, SALT Institute in Istanbul.

He is Associate Reader at the Design Academy Eindhoven, and a 2017/18 resident at the Van Eyck in Maastricht. He also teaches at The New School’s Parsons Paris and collaborates with the Programme d’Expérimentation en Arts Politiques (SPEAP) at Sciences Po.