Who: The Design Studio “Prototyping the city” is a workshop born from a collaboration between Torino 2008 World Design Capital, the Architectural Association, the NSU research Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and Denaldi Legnami. “Prototyping the city” was conceived as a catalytic event in which 32 students from all over the world drew up, proposed and built an installation.
What: The task was to design and construct the information desk of the six summer school workshops Designing Connected Places that will be held in Pollenzo.
Prototypes: The concept of a design prototype is traditionally linked to industrial design and the related fields of manufacturing. Architecture has traditionally lacked forms of serial production and mass production and, as a result, prototyping sensibilities have evolved in related fields of design. In modern times, new architectural ideas have frequently been developed and then tested in relationship to an idea of an architectural type.
The idea of an architectural type is today undergoing a radical redefinition owing to the obsolescence of historical models which are being radically reconfigured by new urban conditions, lifestyles, economic transformation.