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Aldo Cibic | Designing Sustainability



Aldo Cibic | Designing Sustainability

The Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, in collaboration with DZINE, are pleased to present architect and designer Aldo Cibic, a co-founder of the Memphis movement, who has developed over the years a number of research projects that investigate different levels of the meaning of sustainability and stimulate the best design, planning, and innovation conversations and provide a fully up-to-date source of data to help design and dream of a greater future.

Cibic’s presentation will outline the work that has been done in four projects completed together with universities and design institutions, and will also point at future pathways:

  • New Stories New Design (Venice Biennale 2004) proposes opportunities for “social” development through new employment initiatives, exploring the possibility of using design tools to interpret social relations within the city and building alternative and innovative micro-businesses
  • Microrealities (Venice Biennale 2004) focus on the relationships people create with their environments: ‘people’s actions determine the identity of a space’ (and not the space defining the actions). The use of architecture is clear and purposeful.
  • Rethinking Happiness (Venice Biennale 2010): with the caption 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ this project features new realities for changing lifestyles.
  • (in)complete may well be the first ever-evolving, world-wide, community-sourced and eternally (in)complete survey of our attitudes to the world around us. The purpose of Cibic’s research is to stimulate the best design, planning, and innovation conversations, and to provide a fully up-to-date source of data to help us design and dream of a greater future. The latest exploration in this ongoing research can be found on

Aldo Cibic

Born in 1955, Aldo Cibic was a founding member of the Memphis movement. His research has developed ideas around the "design of services" and focused on projects, such as The Solid Side (1995) and New Stories New Design (2002), that offered a new mode of designing places based on social interactions. Two more projects, Microrealities (2004) and Rethinking Happiness (2010), were presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, where Cibic has also been curator of the Arts & Craft pavilion in 2015. He currently teaches at the Politecnico and Domus Academy in Milan, and at the IUAV in Venice. He lives and works between Milan and San Francisco, believing that the Bay Area is a laboratory for the future and for the role played by technology, nature and social dynamics.

Italian Design Day

The second edition of Italian Design Day--an initiative of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation--brings "ambassadors" of Italian culture (designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, critics, communicators, educators) to various locations around the world to illustrate how Italian Design permeates the fields of art, culture, and social organization, integrating an unprejudiced experimentation with the solidity of Italy’s traditional handicrafts.

Where: DZINE Showroom | 128 Utah St, San Francisco, CA 94103

When:Friday, March 2 – 6:00pm

Refreshments will be served | Free admission | RSVP Required

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Date: Friday, March 02, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Entrance : Free


DZINE Showroom, 128 Utah St, San Francisco