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Francesco Lucchese

Architect, Founder

Biographical notes

Francesco Lucchese was born in Messina in 1960 and obtained his Architecture degree at Politecnico di Milano in 1985. He started his career being awarded the 1st ADI prize with a folding chair project and he founded the studio Lucchesedesign in 1985 developing Architecture projects, interior designs and product design all over the world.
He works as art director and business consultant for internationally renowned companies also taking care of the company's strategic positioning.
Meanwhile he proceeds his teaching activity for Politecnico di Milano, at the Faculty of Design.


Nicola Leonardi


Biographical notes

In 2001, Nicola Leonardi dall’Occa dell’Orso, engineer, along with his wife Carlotta Zucchini, founded THE PLAN, today one of the most authoritative architecture and design journals on the international scene. THE PLAN has 8 issues a year and a worldwide circulation in more than 60 countries. It is available in bookshops and newsstands, on subscription as paper version and as digital publication or on tablet as well (iOS, Android, Kobo). The portal is today one of the most acclaimed architecture web site with over 3.000.000 unique visitors every year. 

In 2003 THE PLAN EDITIONS was set up to gear the publication of special volumes and monographs on architecture and design.
In 2008, he founded another annual periodical, THE PLAN - URBAN DEVELOPMENT: its first edition - UD01 - came out as a special issue of THE PLAN focusing at large ongoing international urban development schemes and the attendant real estate.
Again in 2008, THE PLAN EDITIONS signed a strategic agreement with the Publishing House Thames & Hudson for the publication and international distribution of a series of single-theme volumes on architecture. A separate agreement for distribution within Italy was made with Scriptamaneant, Italian Publishing House specialising in art and architecture books.
In 2010 he launched the international architecture Forum PERSPECTIVE, a privileged platform for new business relations. Perspective is an annual venue, which has become an important and unique forum for architecture, the industry, real estate and construction world. Perspective is held in Venice for the European market and in New York for the American market.
Nicola has lectured widely and been an invited speaker at many conferences and architecture faculties both in Italy and abroad. He has chaired numerous events concerned with architecture.
Advisor to Milan’s Triennale Foundation for its “Italian Architecture Gold Medal” award, Nicola has served on the juries of several Italian and international awards, such as the World Architecture Festival Award, ’Ecole Special d’Architecture Award, ’Energy Performance + Architecture Award and the Leading European Architects Forum Award.
He has been chosen in 2008 among the experts to select the nominees for the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury.
The Plan has offered its services as media partners to many architectural events.
Today Nicola is Publisher and Managing Editor of THE PLAN and Publisher of THE PLAN EDITIONS.

2001: Nicola Leonardi, engineer,founded THE PLAN magazine
2003:THE PLAN EDITIONS was set up to publish special volumes on architecture and design 2008:strategic agreement with the Publishing House Thames & Hudson 2010:launched the international architecture Forum PERSPECTIVE Nicola has lectured widely and been an invited speaker at many conferences and architecture faculties worldwide and chaired numerous events concerned with architecture.
Advisor to Milan’s Triennale Foundation, has served on the juries of several Italian and international awards.
2008:Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury.


Vincenzo Latina


Biographical notes

I'm a professor in the Urban and Architectural Design at the University of Catania, based in Syracuse. I’ve teached at the Architectural Mendrisio Accademy.
I've exhibited my works in more editions of the International Architecture Exhibition at Biennal in Venice .
I received several awards and honors: in 2015 I won the national prize “ Italian Architect Prize 2015”, from National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservationists;
in 2013 I won the first prize for an international competition "ARCH & STONE'13" Stone Architecture of the New Millennium International Award Architecture in Stone 2Nd Edition;
in 2012 I was selected (Phase I - II) for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Barcellona 2013;
in 2012 I won the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture 2012, which is awarded from La Triennale di Milano.


Vincenzo Latronico


Francesco Librizzi


biographical notes
Architect. Born in Palermo in 1977, he lives and works in Milan where, since 2005, leads the Francesco Librizzi Studio. After studies at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo and the beginnings with Paolo Rizzatto in Luceplan, today is recognized as one of the most innovative authors of interior and exhibition design of the new generation of Italian architects.
He has received awards such as the Prix Émile Hermès (2008) and the Honorable Mention Compasso d'Oro (2014). His work has been exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, the Milan Triennale and the Venice Biennale as well as being published in numerous magazines and international media of architecture and design as Domus, Abitare, Lotus, Wallpaper, Dezeen. Some of its interior architecture as Casa G, cover project of Abitare n.538, have received high praise from audiences and critics, earning prestigious awards ("AZ Awards2015, Best Residential Interior", "Award Archmarathon 2015 Private Housing").
His unique approach to the project, led him to design exhibitions for institutions of absolute value. As for example the Italian Pavilion at the XII Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2010, the Pavilion of Bahrain the XIV Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2012 and the show "Gino Sarfatti: the design of light" at the Milan Triennale in 2012, the installation dedicated to Bruno Munari, for the sixth edition of the Triennale Design Museum in 2013. In occasion of the XXI Triennale Esposizione Internazionale Milano 2016,”Design After Design” ( 2 April to 2 September 2016) , will be one of the 11 authors invited by Beppe Finessi to design a special space for the exhibition “Stanze. Nuove filosofie dell’abitare”. Since 2008 collaborates with universities and design academies in Italy and abroad. He currently holds the position of Guest Professor in Interior Architecture at the Master Interior and Living Design of Domus Academy and at the Faculty of Architecture of Genoa.


Ugo La Pietra


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Born in Bussi sul Tirino (Pescara) in 1938, a native of Arpino (Frosinone), he lives and works in Milan where he graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico in 1964. An architect by training, he is an artist, filmmaker, editor, musician, cartoonist and teacher. He has been defininghimself as a researcher in communication systems and in visual arts since 1960, moving simultaneously in the worlds of art and design. A tireless experimenter, he has crossed different currents (from Informalism and Conceptual Art to Narrative Art and artist’s cinema) and used multiple mediums, conducting research that were embodied in the theory of the “Disequilibrating System” – autonomous expression within Radical Design – and in important sociological themes such as “The Telematic Home” (MoMA, New York, 1972 – Fiera di Milano, 1983), “Real Space / Virtual Space” (Triennale di Milano 1979, 1992), “The eclectic Home” (Abitare il Tempo, 1990), “Beach Culture” (Centro Culturale Cattolica, 1985/95). He has transmitted his work through numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad, and he has curated several exhibitions at the Triennale di Milano, the Venice Biennale, the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, the FRAC Centre in Orléans, the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, the Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca, the Fondazione Mudima in Milano and the Museo MA*GA in Gallarate. He has always critically maintained the humanistic, significant and territorial components of design through his works and objects, as well as his work in teaching, theory and publishing.

Chronology of researches 1959/60 He began “sign research” in painting, aimed at salvaging of the “Minimum symbolic experimentation”. 1962 With A. Ferrari, E. Sordini, A. Verga and A. Vermi, he founded the Gruppo del Cenobio. 1968 He designed and created the “Audiovisual Environment” at the XIV Triennale di Milano. 1969 He won the following prizes for painting: I° Premio Termoli, II° Premio Joan Miró, I° Premio Cesare da Sesto. He took part in the IV Week of Painting at the Museum Johanneum in Graz. He created urban intervention for the “Campo Urbano” in Como. 1970 He was invited to the experimental exhibition at the XXXV Venice Biennale. 1971 He designed audiovisual urban tools for Trigon 71 in Graz (Austria). 1972 He took part in the “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” exhibition at MoMA with “La cellula abitativa;” he developed works for and took part in exhibitions at the “The new writing” area. 1973 He was a founding member of Global Tools. He was invited to the XV Triennale and made the film La grande occasione. 1973-1975 He became artistic director of the Milanese publishing house Jabik & Colophon. 1975 He won first prize at the Nancy Film Festival. 1976 He took part in the XXXVII Venice Biennale in the “Environment as society” section (E. Crispolti). 1978 He took part in the XXXVIII Venice Biennale in the following sections: “Artist’s cinema” (V. Fagone), “Utopia, the crisis of the architecture. Radical Architecture” (L.V. Masini). 1979 He won the Compasso d’Oro with the project “L’occultamento.” He curated the “Real space / Virtual space” exhibition at the Triennale di Milano. 1980 With Gianfranco Bettetini, he curated the “Chronographies, Special project” exhibition at the XXXIX Venice Biennale. 1981 He co-curated the “Scenographic space in the Italian television” exhibition at the XVI Triennale di Milano. 1983 He curated (with G. Bettetini and A. Grasso) the “The Telematic Home” exhibition at the Fiera di Milano. 1986-1997 He became art director of cultural and experimental exhibitions at the “Living time” event. 1992 He curated the “Life between things and nature” section at the XVIII Triennale di Milano and created the “Mediterranean Landscape” installation at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Quadriennale Internationnale de Design. 1997 He organised the personal exhibition “Fragments,” with objects created in mosaics at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence. 2001 “Mediterranean lands,” a personal exhibition at the Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca. 2002 “The new territoriality,” at the Rocca Paolina in Perugia. 2005 All of his films were acquired by the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana which organized an exhibition presented by Vittorio Fagone; Luciano Caramel was the curator of his personal exhibition at the Fondazione Umberto Mastroianni in Arpino (FR) and Frosinone. 2007 He took part in exhibitions dedicated to the 1970s at the Museo Villa Croce in Genoa (“Public, actions and ideas in the Seventies in Italy”), at the Triennale di Milano (“Seventies. The long decade of the short century”), and at the Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona (“Observing the reflected thought”); he created the installations “Sicilian itineraries” and “Unity of the Mediterranean sea” at the Museo del Mediterraneo Fondazione Orestiadi in Gibellina. 2008 He was the subject of a large retrospective at the Fondazione Mudima in Milan, curated by Vittorio Fagone. He participated to the exhibition “International Sculpture in Agliè. Sculpture Nature. Orient Occident” invited by Luciano Caramel. 2009 FRAC Centre in Orléans dedicated a personal exhibition to his architectural works from the 1960s and 1970s; he realized two exhibitions on his work in ceramics at the Museum in Castellamonte and at MIC in Faenza and, in 2010, at the Museo Hoffmann in Caltagirone; in this year he presented two other exhibition dedicated to his ceramic work in Turin and in Albisola. 2011 He took part in a large retrospective at the Galerie Mercier in Paris; he presented the exhibition “Living the city. Yesterday’s future, for a new territoriality”, at the Museo MIAAO, in Turin curated by Enzo Biffi Gentili. 2012 He participated in the “Goodbye Seventies” exhibition at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, and in the “Radical City” exhibition organised by the Archivio di Stato in Turin. Fondazione Mudima dedicated a personal exhibition to him entitled “Living in Milan” which collected his works and interventions in the Milan area. He took part in the exhibition “The Expanded Gaze. Exhibition for Italian artist’s cinema (1912- 2012)” at the Fondazione Rocco Guglielmo in Catanzaro. 2013 He participated in the “In the sign of sign. After the Informal Art. The Cenobio Group” exhibition at the Galleria del Credito Valtellinese (Milan) curated by Luciano Caramel, “Artists in space” at the Fondazione Rocco Guglielmo in Catanzaro and in “Environments and Counter Environments. ‘Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,’ MoMA, 1972” at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. He presented the personal exhibitions “Itineraries” at Ca’ di Fra Gallery in Milan and “Trace. My territories” in Ceramic Museum in Mondovì. 2014 Triennale Design Museum in Milan dedicated a personal exhibition to him entitled “Ugo La Pietra. Disequilibrating Design” curated by Angela Rui. He presented the exhibition ”Inside / Outside” at the Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan. 2015 He presented the personal exhibitions “Green works it out!” at the Galleria Il Chiostro Arte Contemporanea in Saronno, “Textural Structures” at the E3 Gallery in Brescia and he took part at the exhibition “Earthrise” at the PAV in Turin invitated by Marco Scotini.

Teaching Since 1964, he has taught at the Architecture Departments in Milan, Pescara, Palermo, Turin and Venice; at the Politecnico di Milano, Design Department; at the Istituto d’Arte in Monza; at ISIA in Faenza; at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan; at the NABA in Milan; at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan; from 2000 to 2005 he ran the Progettazione Artistica per l’Impresa department, which he founded, at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. Since 2009, he has been a professor at the Politecnico di Milano, Design Department and at the NABA in Milan. He has held workshops and seminars at several universities and academies both in Italy and abroad.

Selected publications Il sistema disequilibrante, ed. Toselli, Milan 1970; La guida alternativa per la città di Milano, monograph, ed. Progettare Inpiù, Milan 1974/75; Autoarchiterapia, ed. Jabik & Colophon, Milan 1975; Istruzioni per l’uso della città, ed. Associazione Culturale Plana, Milan 1970; Spazio reale-Spazio virtuale (Lo Spazio audiovisivo nella XIV Triennale di Milano) ed. Marsilio, Venice 1980; Pro-memoria, ed. Katà, Milan 1982; Abitare la città, ed. Alinea, Florence 1983; La casa telematica, ed. Katà, Milan 1984; Il giardino delle delizie, ed. Alinea, Florence 1986; Argomenti per un dizionario del design italiano, Franco Angeli Editore, Milan 1987; Gio Ponti l’arte s’innamora dell’industria, ed. Coliseum, Milan 1988, ed. Rizzoli 1993; Domesticarte, ed. Alinea, Florence 1988; Casa Aperta, Giardino all’Italiana ed. Alinea, Florence 1989; Ugo La Pietra, ed. G.G., Barcelona 1991; Ad Arte, ed. Alinea, Florence 1995; Fatto ad Arte, ed. Triennale di Milano 1997; Pietre Marmi e Mosaici, ed. Alinea, Florence 2002; La vita è una cuccagna, ed. Alinea, Florence, 2003; Ad Arte. Tradizione e Innovazione nell’Artigianato Artistico Lombardo, ed. Cestec, Regione Lombardia, 2004/2006; Globo tissurato. 1965-2007, ed. Alinea, Florence, 2007; Abitare la città, ed. Allemandi, Turin 2011; Urban furniture for society, ed. Corraini, Mantua, 2013; Inside / Outside, ed. Corraini, Mantua, 2014; Green works it out!, ed. Corraini, Mantua, 2015; Odori e sapori, Ed. Galleria Nuages, Milan, 2015; Living with art. Research and works in the applied arts and in design, ed. Corraini, Mantua, 2015.

Publishing He was editor of “Domus,” “D’ARS” and “AU” magazines. He was creative director of the magazine “Mestieri d’Arte.” He has directed and edited: “In. Argomenti e immagini di Design,” “Global Tools,” “Progettare INPIÙ,” “Brera Flash,” “Fascicolo,” “Area,” “Abitare con Arte,” “Artigianato tra Arte e Design.”


Andrea Langhi

Biographical notes
Architect  specialized in interior design, in Italy and abroad, in public places for entertainment and restaurant. He is teacher of innovative Open Workshop Hotel Labos, new courses of Architecture & Marketing organized in Milan, aimed at architects and entrepreneurs, dedicated to the relationship between design and marketing in the sector HoReCa - Hotel Restaurant Cafe.

Filippo Lancellotti


Marco Lampugnani

Biographical notes
1981. I have been trained as an architect but people today basically ask me to help them in coping with their role in the public realm. They can be administrations, companies, NGOs, private citizens. Sometimes architecture&co can be ways for coping.
I am co-founder of snark space making. Arguing that the public is much more a product of the constant negotiating between subjects, places and authorities rather than a premise, Snark deals with the analysis and stimulation of this production in many ways. Snark is an interdisciplinary open network involving architects, urban planners, geographers, semiologists, economists and journalists. Snark acts in the private and public sector, on both a S and XL scale.
My research interests deal with the role of collaborative practices in innovating design processes. I have been researching as well on painful heritage, strategies for the reactivation of abandoned buildings, the change in the role of design practices in contemporarity.
What I do like at most is to collaborate.

Antonello La Vergata

Professor of History of Philosophy, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Antonello La Vergata is professor of this history of philosophy at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Chairman of the Italian society for the study of relations between science and literature (SISL). His fields of study concern relationships between philosophy, science and political ideologies, with particular reference to evolutionism and the themes of war, aggression and the environment. His main publications include: L’equilibrio e la guerra della natura. Dalla teologia naturale al darwinismo, Naples, Morano, 1990; Nonostante Malthus. Fecondità, popolazioni e armonia della natura, 1700-1900, Turin, Bollati Boringhieri, 1990; Guerra e darwinismo sociale, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2005; Colpa di Darwin? Razzismo, eugenetica, guerra e altri mali, Turin, Utet Libreria, 2009.

Filippo La Porta

Literary critic
Filippo La Porta, critic and essayist, born on 3/9/1952 in Rome, where he currently lives.
Currently is teaching :a course in contemporary Italian literature at the Luiss University in Rome, a masters course in creative writing at the Sant’Orsola University in Naples and he teaches writing and analysis of language at the European Design Institute and at the Montecelio Institute for communicators and a introductory course to genres as visiting professor at the University of Cagliari (March 2010)
He regularly contributes to Corriere della sera, Repubblica XL, Messaggero and Riformista. He also has a column in Left.
La Porta is member of the publishing committee of Gaffi Editore of Rome
La nuova narrativa italiana (1995 and new edition 1999) Bollati Boringhieri
Non c’è problema. Divagazioni morali su modi di dire e frasi fatte Feltrinelli 1997
Manuale di scrittura creatina Minimum Fax 1999
Narratori di un Sud disperso L’Ancora 2000
Pasolini, uno gnostico innamorato della realtà Le Lettere 2002
L’autoreverse dell’esperienza. Euforie e abbagli della vita flessibile (Bollati Boringhieri 2005)
Maestri irregolari (Bollati Boringhieri 2007); winner of the De Lollis award in Chieti
Dizionario della critica militante, with Giuseppe Leonelli (Bompiani 2007)
Diario di un patriota perplesso negli Usa e/o 2008
E’ un problema tuo, Gaffi, 2009
Uno sguardo sulla città (Donzelli) – 23 interviews with Italian writers about their cities (Donzelli 2010)
July 2010: reprint (with new note) of Pasolini, uno gnostico innamorato della realtà (Le Lettere)
October 2010: Per favore, meno letteratura (Bollati Boringhieri)
He has also edited
Racconti italiani d’oggi Einaudi Scuola 1997
Il dovere della felicità Baldini & Castoldi
His essays appear in the collections
Patrie impure, Rizzoli, 2002
Il banco dei cattivi (Donzelli 2006)
E’finita la controra (Manni 2009), anthology of new Apulian fiction
In English:
“The Horror Picture Show and the Very Real Horrors: about the Italian Pulp” in Stefania Lucamante, ed. The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers 57--75 (Fairleigh UP, 2001).
An essay about Elsa Morante and Pasolini in a miscellaneous book that will be published by Purdue UP in 2004.
In the second half of the 1990s he spoke at conferences in various American universities (Georgetown, NYU, Yale…) and cultural institutes (New York, Washington).
From March to August 2007 he won a Fulbright research fellowship at the Fordham University in New York.

Peter Lorenz

Architect, Peterlorenzateliers (AT)
Peter Lorenz´s first atelier started in Innsbruck in 1980. Before that he achived his academic diploma in Innsbruck 1975 later in Venice 1983 and set up a second office in Vienna in 1991. So far peterlorenzateliers handled some 350 commissions - one third of which have been built.
Corresponding to Peter´s philosophy of "creativity by universality" his projects have been varied and come in all shapes and sizes - covering everything from washbasin design right through to large scale urban planning. The works of peterlorenzateliers includes shopping centers, interior design, conversion jobs, residential quarters, hotels and multifunctional projects... Many victories in architect´s competitions, partecipations in international juries, prizes of all kinds and part- time teaching do complete his working capacity.

Paolo Lamber

Born in Bressanone in 1949.
He graduated in architecture from the University of Venice in 1975.
He moved to Emilia Romagna and in 1981 founded a group practice where he still works.
He has designed and built numerous hospitality, residential and commercial buildings and drawn up plans for residential, manufacturing and commercial areas.

Federica Legnani

Municipality of Bologna, Urban Planning Unit
doctor of research in building and territorial engineering and an employee of the Municipality of Bologna, she has contributed to the development of municipal urban planning tools for municipalities including Parma, Reggio Emilia, Cattolica and Bologna. She has taught and carried out research in many universities and has worked as lecturer in fundamentals of urban planning at the University of Parma and as editor of the magazine Urbanistica.

Patrizia Lugo Loprieno

EOS Environmental Consulting Group
Patrizia Lugo Loprieno is an expert in communication, design and environmental issues. In 1990, she founded EOS Environmental Consulting Group and in 1999 Méta, Media Ecology Technology Association, of which she is president. She lives and works between Brussels and Milan. As author of articles and research on ecodesign, Patrizia Lugo Loprieno has written for the magazine GAP-Casa (1990-94). She is a consultant to UNESCO and UNEP for the projects “Advertising for a Better World”, aimed at creating a link between the world of advertising and issues regarding sustainable consumption, and “Youth X Change”, a network designed to encourage the adoption of more sustainable lifestyles. Since 2001 she has been a consultant to Assopiastrelle/Confindustria Ceramica, for which she has conceived and managed the integrated communication project “S_TILES. Italian Tiles Towards Sustainability” (

Orazio Lo Presti

Trend setter expert Florence
Architect, Designer and Lecturer, he combines research with operational activities.
- He has designed spaces for habitats, displays and exhibits (Areamoda Lineapelle, Prato  Expo/Evento Siderale, Don Chichiotte o dell'Attore..)
- He has designed collections of fabrics, clothing and accessories (M. di S. Elena, Viva’s, J.Novelli)              
- He has worked in the Styling, Forecasting and Illustration publishing sector (Italian Fashion Report, Tesse, Obiettivo Moda, Tellus..)
- He works with university institutes and training organisations in Italy and abroad (Polimoda and University of Florence, Centro de Diseno Industrial and ORT in Montevideo)
- He carries out research and coordinates research staff in Trend setting in the Product Design and Development sector (Studio Designer's Two, Inventa, A.I.S. Associazione Italiana Stilisti, SCAM Training, Unione Stilisti Marche, E.F.D. EuropeanFashionDesigners, ConfindustriaCeramica.)

Franco La Cecla

Anthropologist and Architect
Biographical notes
An anthropologist and town planner, Franco La Cecla teaches Cultural Anthropology at the San Raffaele University of Milan and at the EPFL in Lausanne. He has also taught Cultural Anthropology in Venice (IUAV), Barcelona (UPC) and Berkeley (UCB), and has published,
amongst others, “Perdersi” (Laterza), “Il Malinteso” (Laterza), “Surrogati di presenza, Media e vita quotidiana” (Bruno Mondadori), “Modi Bruschi” (Bruno Mondadori) and “Contro l’Architettura” (Bollati Boringhieri). He has worked  as a consultant for Renzo Piano and for the Municipality of Barcelona, and is the President of ASIA, Architecture Social Impact Development. Together with the director Stefano Savona, he has made the documentaries “Sicilia Tunisia, un confine di specchi” and, for the Centre Pompidou, “Gestualités indiennes, les portable en Inde”. As a documentarist with “I mari dentro” about the community of italian fishers emigrants in Gloucester, Massachussets (2009), La Cecla won the Coast Culture Prize ofl San Francisco Ocean Film Festival (2010).
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