Studio Ossidiana / The Design of the Encounter

Studio Ossidiana / The Design of the Encounter

The program curated by Carlos Casas dedicated to the theme “Extinction?” continues with the free online talk by Studio Ossidiana, a practice based studio in Rotterdam that works at the crossroads of architecture, visual art and design, that will take place on Friday 1 July at 3.00pm CEST.

During the lecture, titled “The Design of the Encounter”, Giovanni Bellotti, architect and researcher and one of the founders of the studio, will present a selection of recently completed public spaces, experimenting on the relations between model making and building, narration and materialization, curation and cultivation. He will talk about the relationship between design and architecture as forms of mediation between people and other animals, climates, and minerals, moving across the scales of the body, the model, the room and the territory.

Balancing research and fabrication, Studio Ossidiana explores innovative approaches to design, and is always in search of new material expressions to translate visions into tangible spaces and objects. In 2018, the studio was awarded the Dutch Prix de Rome, the most prestigious prize in the Netherlands for architects under the age of 35. 

The practice’s work has been published in both printed and digital media, and exhibited in collective and solo exhibitions, for example at Venice Biennale 2021, Arkdes 2021, Istanbul Architecture Biennale 2021, Chicago Architecture Biennale 2021, Istanbul Art Biennale 2019, CIVA 2019, Het Nieuwe Institute 2019, Jan Van Eyck Academie 2017 and 2020, Dutch Design Week 2016 and 2021. 

Giovanni Bellotti (Pavia, 1987) is architect, researcher and partner, with Alessandra Covini, of the design and architecture practice Studio Ossidiana. He completed his master’s degree in architecture at the IUAV University of Venice and TU Delft and holds a degree from the SMArchS program in Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he won the best thesis award, along several department grants. He is a Fulbright Fellow and Miguel Vinciguerra fund recipient. Giovanni practiced as an architect in Europe and the US, and worked as a researcher with TU Delft’s The Why Factory and MIT’s Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU). Along his role in Studio Ossidiana, Giovanni is currently a lecturer at Rotterdam’s Piet Zwart Institute and Eindhoven’s Design Academy, where he leads design studios focusing on anthropogenic landscapes in the Netherlands.

Free registration at this link.

Lecture in English

Platform: Zoom

Studio Ossidiana
“The Design of the Encounter”

Free online talk in English

Friday 1st Jul 2022 — 15:00 - 16:00