ANTONIO SCARPONI IS AN ARCHITECT, DESIGNER AND EDUCATOR WHO MOVED FROM THE INDUSTRY OF BUILDINGS AND MAKING THINGS, TO THE INDUSTRY THAT CHANGES THESE INDUSTRIES.


HE IS A "LEFT-HANDED" ARCHITECT: THINKS LIKE A DESIGNER, DRAWS LIKE AN ARTIST, DREAMS LIKE A POET. SOMEONE SAID HE IS A "FANTASTA".

 

FOUNDER OF THE ZURICH BASED PRACTICE CONCEPTUAL DEVICES, HE STUDIED ARCHITECTURE AT COOPER UNION, NEW YORK AND AT IUAV, VENICE, FROM WHICH HE HOLDS A PHD IN URBAN DESIGN. 

HE CONCEIVES DESIGN AS A CULTURAL TOOL FOR SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT. HIS PROJECTS TAKE THE FORMS OF NARRATIONS THAT ENGAGE LOCAL COMMUNITIES, INDUSTRIES, AGENCIES. 

 

IN THE PAST YEARS, HE HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE FIELD OF RESILIENT URBAN STRATEGIES WITH A STRONG FOCUS ON URBAN AGRICULTURE. HE DESIGNED SEVERAL SOILLESS URBAN AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS AT DIFFERENT SCALES OF INTERVENTIONS FROM START-UPS TO THE UN-WORLD FOOD SYSTEM, TO A BOOK TO SHOW HOW TO GROW FOOD WITH IKEA PARTS (WWW.ELIOOO.COM). 


HE TAUGHT AND LECTURED IN EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA AND JAPANESE UNIVERSITIES. CURRENTLY, HE TEACHES EXHIBITION SCENOGRAPHY AT THE MASTER IN ART EDUCATION AND CURATORIAL STUDIES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGN AT THE THE ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS. 

 

HE COLLABORATED WITH SEVERAL DESIGN MAGAZINES, INCLUDING, DOMUS, ABITARE, WIRED, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, AMC. HE RECEIVED MANY PRIZES AND AWARDS INCLUDING THE "BEST OF THE SWISS DESIGN 2017" AND NOMINATION FOR THE SWISS ARTS AWARDS IN 2018. 

 

IN 2008 HE RECEIVED THE CURRY STONE DESIGN PRIZE, AWARDING SOCIAL DESIGN PIONEERS. 

TRIANGULAR DESIGN MANIFESTO

00_ DESIGN SHOULD NOT BE BASED ON FORMAL PRINCIPLES – BUT ALWAYS ON AN IDEA OF SOCIETY.

01_ DESIGNED FORMS REPRESENT POSSIBLE SOCIAL ORDERS AND A LOT OF THEIR CONTRADICTIONS.

02_ DESIGN IS EVERYTHING. ANYTHING COULD BE DESIGNED. EVERYONE IS A DESIGNER.

03_ DESIGN ALLOWS SOCIAL INNOVATIONS. OFTEN IT IS NOT MADE BY DESIGNERS.

04_ DESIGN HAS NOT SCALE. IT COULD BE SMALL AND HAVE GREAT IMPACT.

05_ DESIGN IS NOT AN INNOCENT PRACTICE. DESIGNERS ARE WICKED.

06_ DESIGN SHOULD ENGAGE PEOPLE AND INTERACT WITH THEM.

07_ DESIGN IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPLIED SCIENCE.

08_ DESIGN IS A FRAGMENT OF A CONCRETE UTOPIA.

09_ DESIGN PRODUCES CRITICAL AWARENESS.

10_ DESIGN MAKES YOU THINK.

11_ DESIGN EMPOWERS.

12_ DESIGN!