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:
- Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Hyper-City Studio. Augmented Palermo by Scuola Politecnica, Dipartimento di Architettura. Tutors: Prof. Maurizio Carta, Prof. Alessandra Badami, Prof. Renzo Lecardane, Prof. Marco Picone, Prof. Filippo Schilleci, Prof. Zeila Tesoriere
- The Architectural Association School of Architecture London, UK
The Manifesta Edition by AA Museum Lab. Tutors: Prof. Giulia Foscari, Harikleia Karamali, Giacomo Ardesio
- Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Radical Gardening by Complex Projects. Tutors: Paul Cournet, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Giulio Margheri, Mariapaola Michelotto.
- The Royal College of Arts, London, UK
Domestic Institutions by ADS8. Tutors: Anna Puigjaner, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Marina Otero Verzier.
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.