The Italian Design Day features events celebrating Italian design and its creativity and innovation potential in different fields. The 4th edition follows the theme of “Drawing the Future: Development, Innovation, Sustainability”.
In South Africa, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Wits School of Architecture and Planning and the Embassy of Italy co-hosted the online lecture and exhibition (duration 27/10/2020 to 20/12/2020), presented by Italian Architect, Irene Giglio, from Mario Cucinella Architects (MC A) titled “Architecture in the Time of Climate Change”.
In this lecture, Irene Giglio spoke of how global challenges like COVID-19 and climate change can be seen as creative opportunities that can lead to development of a brand-new architectural language. MC A has been carrying out extensive research over the years, on the elements that can be derived from vernacular knowledge, and on the adaptive capacities of plants, able to create a deep empathy with their surroundings. The presented projects, selected from those located in Africa, are able to showcase this research and its variegated outcomes.