Mediterranean Sea

Here we go: during the next few weeks, studio activity will be reduced to its minimum while we will be sailing and pirating around the Mediterranean Sea :P See u in the water, or in late summer!


cg @ IED Venezia Design Lounge

Saturday June 7th at 17,00, cg will be lounging at IED Venezia Design Lounge (Palazzo Franchetti, Campo Santo Stefano, S. Marco, 2842, 30124 Venezia) in a talk on Smart buildings ad urban innovation, with Riccardo Balbo (IED Torino Director) and Tuba Kocaturk (Liverpool University). Download full program here.

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cg talk @ Mini Maker Faire Torino

If you’re around, we will be very happy to meet you for the cg talk “creatures” tomorrow at 12,30 @ Mini Maker Faire Torino  in Via Agostino da Montefeltro 2 :) Full program here


WaterLilly 2.0 @ Mini Maker Faire Torino

WaterLilly 2.0 sarà presente alla Mini Maker Faire Torino sabato 31 Maggio 2014. Don’t miss it!


cg lecturing in Firenze

As part of the program of the Master “Designing the Smart City” at the Architecture Department of the Firenze University, cg will give a lecture next Friday 16 May2014 from 14.00 to 16.00, Saloncino delle Murate (Firenze, via dell’Agnolo 1/b). The lecture will develop some of the contents of the book “Smart Creatures” published by Edilstampa in 2012, and will … Continue reading


WaterLilly 2.0 @ Cascina Cuccagna (La Potenza di Helios)

WaterLilly 2.0 will be on show in Milano again this week-end installed in Cascina Cuccagna for the event La Potenza di Helios. If you’re around, pay her a visit, she will appreciate! Project credits: Design team: Cesare Griffa with Matteo Amela, Federico Borello, Marco Caprani Technical support of Environment Park Spa, Fotosintetica & Microbiologica Srl lighting … Continue reading

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ALGAETECTURE | EXPO 2015 PREVIEW: Algae systems to design and feed the city

Milan, 7th April 2014 – Algae is the seemingly unlikely term that is being discussed at the heart of EXPO Milano 2015. As part of the Future Food District project, being developed by Carlo Ratti Associati at the central crossroads of the EXPO site, the pavilions’ façades and canopy utilize new systems of micro-algae, designed … Continue reading


WaterLilly 2.0 @ FuoriSalone 2014

During the Design Week in Milan (8-13 April), and until 18 April, a real scale prototype based on the latest evolution of the WaterLilly family (2.0) will be present in the space curated by Carlo Ratti Associati at the FuoriSalone 2014 in Milano at the Interni magazine  major Exhibition-Event FEEDING NEW IDEAS FOR THE CITY. … Continue reading

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Why microalgae biotechnology is important in architecture?

Cyanobacteria (the procaryotic microalgae) are believed to be among the first living organisms that appeared on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. At that time the atmosphere was composed mainly by nitrogen and carbon dioxide, no oxygen. Through their photosynthetic activity, micro-algae are considered responsible of the Oxygen Catastrophe (Great Oxygenation Event), approximately 2.4 billion … Continue reading

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WaterLilly on Wired uk

Last month, WaterLilly was featured on Wired UK. Check it out here!


Officine Arduino joins the IED Master in Sustainable Architecture

Officine Arduino and its Fablab Torino are joining the Master in Sustainable Architecture – Smart Building and Urban Innovation @ IED Torino to provide professional support to students on the development of Smart Building Components. This collaboration aims to teach the students how to design and construct real scale working prototypes that, through their electronic nervous system (composed … Continue reading

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New Master in Sustainable Architecture @ IED Torino

Check out the video presentation of the  Master in Sustainable Architecture – Smart Building and Urban Innovation at the IED Torino that I am coordinating. You can find more info in the Master’s blog, and in the official IED Torino page.

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Smart creatures available on Lulu

The book Smart Creatures – Progettazione Parametrica per Architetture Sostenibili is available on at a very convenient price! check it out here!

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Master in Sustainable Architecture @ IED Torino

cg has been appointed Coordinator of the Master in Sustainable Architecture  – Smart Building and Urban Innovation at IED Torino. About the Master The Master in Sustainable Architecture – Smart Building and Urban Innovation @ IED Torino is a 9 months full-time studio based program. Sustainability is addressed in terms of Design strategies that optimize environmental, energy … Continue reading


Expo 2015 – Future Food District

We are working as consultants for Carlo Ratti Associati in the project of the Future Food District at Expo 2015 in Milan to develop a Vertical Algae Farm and a Bio Energy Lab to fix CO2, naturally filter air and water, and produce energy out of algal biomass and food waste. More info on the … Continue reading


cg @ Technion

On January 13th, cg delivered a private lecture titled “Smart creatures: bio-hacking in architecture” to the Technion Israel Institute of Technology – Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning Faculty on his recent work.  


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Xmas diamonds 2013

For bright and sparkling wishes, this year we created shiny Xmas Diamonds. Download and lasercut your own here! Merry Xmas  


algae lab development

In the last few months we’ve been working hard with algae. New experiments include: – setting up of self-sufficient systems with living animals – refining growing and harvesting techniques – building a micro-algae library – optimizing feeding solutions – design of vertical systems for façade wrapping We are working with Carlo Ratti’s team to set up … Continue reading


featured on wired italia

CG features with WaterLilly on the story  “Le facce della genialità. Storie di maker italiani” (txt by Lorenzo Mannella, photo by Mattia Balsamini) on the November 2013 issue of Wired Italia. The shooting took place in Rome during the MakerFaire last October. Awesome ;)


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