The unsustainable lightness of making

“The unsustainable lightness of making” is a new project that will take a considerable amount of my time and energy over the next few months or years. It’s going to be maybe a book, or a website, or an exhibit, or  a documentary… I don’t know yet. It is mainly a collection of ideas – … Continue reading

Dubai Lecture

  As part of the Dubai Design Week Global Grad show 2016, Cesare will be lecturing on the topic of Designing the Future: Moving and Living in Sustainable Urbanity. The lecture is part of the IED participation at the show with our student’s projects: Solari – IED Milano – Bodin Hon w/Federico Ferretti and Chris … Continue reading

Sammy P. in Berlin

Sammy P., the photosynthetic wall prototype designed and fabricated by IED Torino students of the Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design, will be on show in the exhibit Human Factor – Endless Prototyping organized by Ars Electronica at Drive Volkswagen Forum in Berlin. Opening tonight, it will be on until the 27th of August 2016. … Continue reading

SAMMY P. first showcase @ Ventura Lambrate 2016

Our students of the Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design at IED Torino spent the last 5 weeks practicing 3d modeling and parametric design softwares, digital fabrication techniques and physical computing with Arduino/Genuino. The result is the amazing installation SAMMY P. entirely designed and fabricated by them in this incredible short time. Mission impossible: accomplished! SAMMY … Continue reading

Acadia 2015

The Lillies land in America next October! They will be presented at Acadia 2015 in Cincinnati Ohio in the Curated Projects Section of the exhibit COMPUTATIONAL ECOLOGIES, DESIGN IN THE ANTHROPOCENE (curators Chris Perry and Lonn Combs). ACADIA 2015 COMPUTATIONAL ECOLOGIES, DESIGN IN THE ANTHROPOCENE CINCINNATI, OHIO: October 19-25, 2015 University of Cincinnati SAID http://www.acadia.org/acadia2015 Curated Projects/Poster … Continue reading

Sabba_booth

During the Milano Fashion Week, from 25th February to 2 March 2015, in the Hotel Boscolo Milano Lounge (Corso Matteotti 30, Milano), an installation that we designed and produced for Nikon Shool and Alfredo Sabbatini, will welcome visitors of the exhibit of vintage pop fashion models curated by Franco Jacassi. On display dresses by Courrèges, Paco Rabanne, Emilio Pucci, … Continue reading

LillyBot 2.0 is flying Middle East!

LillyBot 2.0 will be in show from 7 to 10 December 2014 at the Qatar National Conference Centre  in Doha at the Lab exhibition organized by the ITU Telecom World Conference with Ars Electronica. ITU Telecom World is the global platform for high-level debate, networking, innovation-showcasing and knowledge-sharing across the ICT community. Ars Electronica was invited by ITU to think … Continue reading

Parametric Pizza Tower for Comieco at Salone del Gusto 2014

We designed and built a parametric little tower (3m h) out of circa 1,000 pizza box for Comieco (the italian consortium for recycling paper packaging) that has been on display in Torino Lingotto during the Salone del Gusto 2014. The aim of the installation was to promote the use of cardboard pizza box as a safe, … Continue reading

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!

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

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

cg interview about algae on dutch television (vpro)

During the Dutch Design Week, I’ve been interviewed by VPRO about possible applications of algal technology in design and architecture. funny enough… cg

Lilly-bot @ Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven

It’s an intense fall! After the great Maker Faire Rome, we will be on stage again at Now Future – Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven 19-27 October. If you’re around join us at the Klokgebouw exhibition,  hal 2, position no: 21. We will be exhibiting the brand new member of the WaterLilly family, Lilly-bot, developed with the support of … Continue reading

@ MakerFaire Rome!

Only 12 hours to the first European MakerFaire in Rome… we will be there presenting the brand new  components of the WaterLilly family:  DemoLilly 2013, and WaterLilly_Starter_Kit 2013! Have a preview at the WaterLilly pages, and if you’re around, come to the Faire and join us to grab one of the micro-algae pipettes we are distributing … Continue reading

waterlilly family gets bigger and goes out!

Hey, check out the WaterLilly page. The family got bigger, three new members joined the 2012 components: Lilly_bot 2013, Demo_Lilly 2013, and Lilly Starter_Kit 2013. Lilly_bot-2013 is an automated device to cultivate edible micro-algae like Spirulina in a domestic environment. Having a personal micro-algae farm is an environmentally friendly way to produce and consume a complete nutritional source that grows … Continue reading

WaterLilly @ SUPSI Disruptive Design Conference

A demo of WaterLilly will be presented in Switzerland next Friday @ SUPSI for the 8th Swiss Design Network Symposium 2012. We will show a video and spare parts of the installations now on in Venice and Ljubljana. Check out the Conference Program for more info.

Water Lilly @ Share Festival 2012 in Torino

water lilly algal bloom from cesare griffa on Vimeo. From October 30th to November 11th the video “Water Lilly algal bloom”  is on show in Torino at the “Share Festival 2012 – Open your City“. While introducing the basic concepts of photo bio reactors, the 3 minutes clip shows the construction and the public exhibition … Continue reading

Ljubljana Water Lillies

After the Palazzo Bembo Water Lilly in Venice, we went to Ljubjljana, where we set up a sister installation at the Museum of Architecture and Design for the BIO.23 Ljubljana Design Biennal. The new Water Lillies have a few upgrades: RGB LED systems, algae solution tank and Arduino control panel embedded in the wooden structures, … Continue reading

Water Lilly Venice video

Waterlilly Venice from cesare griffa on Vimeo. Here’s a video telling the stories around Water Lilly over the last few months.