Challenges of today's society. Resilient Communities, Italian Pavilion by Alessandro Melis

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Curator
Alessandro Melis.
Commissioner
Onofrio Cutaia, Managing Director of Creatività Contemporanea, Ministero della Cultura.
Assistant curator
Benedetta Medas.
Section managers
Concept Architectural Exaptation.- Alessandro Melis, Telmo Pievani. Architectural extension.- Alessandro Melis, Benedetta Medas, Paola Corrias, Alice Maccanti. Dolomiti Care.- Gianluca D'Inca Levis, Marta Boni. Decolonizing the built environment.- RebelArchitette, Alessandro Melis. DESIGN (ING), from the spoon to the city.- Paolo Di Nardo, Francesca Tosi. Architecture as caretaker.- Antonino Di Raimo, Maria Perbellini. Global South.- Paola Ruotolo. Universities, resilience agencies.- Maurizio Carta, Paolo Di Nardo. One minute story.- Alessandro Gaiani, Emilia Giorgi, Guido Incerti. Good Italian practices.- Gian Luigi Melis, Margherita Baldocchi, Benedetta Medas. Peccioli Laboratory.- Ilaria Fruzzetti, Nico Panizzi, Laura Luperi. Ecology Cup.- Ingrid Paoletti. Resilience, landscape and art.- Annacaterina Piras (LWCircus), Emanuele Montibeller (Arte Sella), Giacomo Bianchi, Laura Tomaselli. Garden of the Virgins.- Dario Pedrabissi. Industrial and Creative Arts, Crossover Section.- Benedetta Medas, Monica Battistoni, Dana Hamdan, Antonio Lara-Hernandez. Virtual section.- Tom Kovac, Alessandro Melis.
Collaborators
Favara Cultural Farm.- Andrea Bartoli, Florinda Saieva. New York Institute of Technology.- Maria Perbellini. General assembly project.- Heliopolis 21. Project coordination.- Gianluigi Melis, Alessandro Melis, Paolo Di Nardo, Simone Chietti, Liam Donovan-Stumbles, Barbora Melis, Ilaria Fruzzetti, Dana Hamdan, Laura Luperi, Filippo Mariani, Nico Panizzi. Management and business relations sponsor.- Simone Chietti. Collaborative project.- Margherita Baldocchi, Monica Battistoni, Pietro De Pasca, Alice Maccanti, Benedetta Medas, Lorenzo Parrini, Roberto Poziello, Martina Mancini, Lorenzo Pucci. Coordination of events.- Daniele Menichini. Social networks.- Benedetta Medas, J. Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Nicoletta Podda. Web design, video design and production.- DIRTY WORK web design-grafica-comunicazione.
Dates
May 22 to November 21, 2021.
Location
At the 17th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale della Biennale di Venezia, Campo de la Tana, Venice, Italy.
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Alessandro Melis

Alessandro Melis (Cagliari, 6/7/1969) is an Italian architect and curator of the Italian National Pavilion at the XVII Venice Biennale. He is also a professor of architectural innovation at the University of Portsmouth.

Alessandro Melis is also Director of the International Sustainable Cities Cluster, and was previously Director of Graduate Engagement at the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Urbanism. He has also been invited as keynote speaker at the Chinese Academy of Art, MoMA in New York, Cambridge University, TEDx, the Italian Institute of Culture in London, the New Zealand Cycling Conference, the Foster Foundation (as a member academic staff) and UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

In 1996, he founded Heliopolis 21, a multi-award winning architecture firm based in Italy, Germany and the UK. His projects, such as the SR1938 Institute of the University of Pisa, the Stella Maris Hospital and the Sant'Anna Auditorium, are recognized in both academic publications and popular magazines as examples of excellence in sustainable projects. The recognition of Alessandro's research is corroborated by a record of more than 150 magazine and book publications.

On the other hand, Alessandro Melis is recognized, together with Telmo Pievani, for introducing the concept of Exaptation in Architecture. His work on it was the subject of several exhibitions and a recent monograph (Rome, 2020) written by several scholars from the universities of Palermo and Bari and edited by Francesco Fallacara Chirico, entitled “Alessandro Melis, Utopic Real World”.

In 2017, Alessandro Melis and Steffen Lehmann created the interdisciplinary project CRUNCH: Climate Resilient Urban Nexus Choices: Operationalising the Food-Water-Energy Nexus, a research project funded by Horizon 2020, Belmont Forum Belmont Forum, ESRC and other funding bodies. Alessandro Melis is leading the project on behalf of the University of Portsmouth, where he is a professor of innovation in architecture.
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