cesare griffa architecture lab
via lessolo 19
10153 torino (italy)
t+f +39 011 839 0000
Cesare Griffa is an architect, designer and amateur algae farmer from Torino. Before opening his practice, he worked for Zaha Hadid Architects and for Arata Isozaki, ARUP and ArchA. He has been a Fulbright scholar at RPI and at the MIT, and has taught Design and Architecture in a number of public and private Universities. He thinks that design is the development of humankind’s natural attitude of making things, and he calls for a collaborative design practice in which humans and nature celebrate a love affair, instead of practising a suicide design strategy in which humans unsuccessfully try to overcome nature.
Cesare spent the last years working with micro-algae as living material for design and architecture. On a tangible side, micro-algae appear as a promising eco-technology to optimize energy consumption, and purify air and water while producing valuable biomass. On an intangible side, micro-algae are the first living organism appeared on Earth 3.5 billion years ago. In his algal installations/drawings/videos there is a bit of the primordial soup that is the origins of us all.
ArchA Spa (Turin, I), Buzzi srl (Turin, I), Carlo Ratti Associati (Turin, I), Comitato Italia 150 (Turin, I), Comune di Venaria Reale (I), Comune di Nichelino (I), DE-GA Spa (Turin, I), De’ Longhi (Treviso, I), Domus Academy (Milano, I), Fondazione per il libro, la musica e la cultura (Torino, I), IAAC (Barcelona, ES), Istituto Europeo di Design (Milano, Torino, I), MIT Senseable City Lab (Boston, USA), NITAL srl (Torino, I), Ordine degli Architetti di Imperia (I), Politecnico di Torino, Regione Piemonte, Rubner Haus (Kiens, I), Santa & Cole (Barcelona, ES), Scuola Holden (Turin, I), Torino 2008 World Design Capital Committee (I)
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The Palienish can be emoticonized
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