Manifesta 12 Research Studios

Research Studios initiated by Manifesta 12 Creative Mediator & Partner at OMA, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli

Initiated by the Manifesta 12 Creative Mediator and partner at OMA, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, the Manifesta 12 Research Studios bring together four celebrated schools of Architecture:

  • The University of Palermo, Italy
  • The Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • The Royal College of Arts, London, UK

Over the course of the next two semesters four international studios, one per each school, will investigate, reflect and propose future scenarios for the city of Palermo. Conceived as a research in collaboration with Manifesta 12 and freely based on the Palermo Atlas (the study developed by OMA in preparation of Manifesta 12), the four studios will be heavily research-based and will address diverse topics:

  • Palermo as a center of cultural production and its relationship to Manifesta as a temporary event and as an institution
  • Urban nature as a possible platform to investigate new forms of coexistence
  • Domestic institutions as alternative models of political participation and civic representation
  • The role of the digital in the planning process of resilient cities

On 30 of October 2017, the Manifesta 12 Creative Mediator, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, kicked off the project at Teatro Garibaldi with a talk and discussion with students of the AA School of Architecture, the Royal College of Arts and UNIPA. The talk is the first step of the research sessions, followed by a series of tours by Palermitans; lectures and workshops in collaboration with the University of Palermo; and visits to Palermo’s diverse sites.

Manifesta 12 Research Studios Kick-off Session at Teatro Garibaldi
Manifesta 12 Research Studios Kick-Off Session at Teatro Garibaldi
Manifesta 12 Research Studios Tours and Site Visits