Thom Mayne: the “Nobel” of architecture in Perugia waiting for SEED 2023

It will be the American architect Thom Maynefounder of Morphosis e winner of the 2005 Pritzker Prize, the world’s most prestigious award forarchitecture, to open Friday 16 December in Perugia (Sala dei Notari, from 3.30 pm), the first of a series of events that anticipate SEED 2023. Design Actions for the future (SEED 2023), one of the 9 winning projects of the public call for Festival Architettura – II Edition promoted by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture. Curated by the National Institute of Architecture with the Umbra Architecture Foundation and organized by the Guglielmo Giordano Foundation, SEED will be held between Perugia and Assisi from 24 to 30 April 2023.

“Finding ourselves in Umbria, in Perugia and Assisi, which have a special relationship with architecture and spirituality to talk about environmental, cultural and above all human sustainability is a pleasure but also a great responsibility. The acknowledgment received from the Mic repays us for the collective commitment and confirms the quality of the partnership that worked on the definition of the cultural program that we will present in the coming months” – declares Andrea Margaritelli, president of IN/Arch.

Supported by the Umbria Region, the Perugia Foundation, the Municipality of Perugia and the Municipality of Assisi and other public and private partners, SEED 2023 intends to bring the culture of design into dialogue with the humanistic one and with other fields of knowledge in order to think about the great themes, challenges and opportunities for the future of cities and territories.

Thus Donatella Tesei, president of the Umbria Region: “Once again the Region wanted to concretely support an event in which it strongly believes and above all whose vision it shares for the future, a tomorrow that knows how to make the development coexist, until they merge economy with welfare, health and the environment in the name of a true and pragmatic sustainability that finds its concrete application in Umbria. I thank the organizers who, even in this preview of the event which will then take place in 2023, have been able to put together a high-level program”.

“Supporting future-proof design thinking is now the daily challenge of those responsible for redesigning cities and territories. Events like these help us plan and prepare for the necessary changes that look at the new philosophy of Design Thinking, where design thinking is about having the human user as a starting point. Once again Perugia is at the center of a debate on the future with a very high level audience” – declares the mayor of Perugia Andrea Romizi.

The proceedings on Friday 16 December in the Sala dei Notari starting at 15.30 will be opened by the mayor of Perugia Andrea Romizi, and in addition to the participation of Thom Mayne in dialogue with Stefano Casciani, there will be two moments of dialogue in which will address the issues of Sustainability and territorial development with the participation of Donatella Tesei, president of the Umbria Region, Francesco Tufarelli, director general of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Massimo Mercati, managing director of Aboca, Francesco Orofino, secretary general of the National Institute of Architecture and Cities and Public Health with Filippo Lodi, UNStudio – Amsterdam, Anna Laura Pisello, University of Perugia and Annalisa Metta, Roma Tre University.

The event is open to the public, with free admission, subject to availability.

The second appointment to approach SEED will be held in Assisi on 27 January at 5 pm in the Sala della Conciliazione.

Pictured: Cooper Union New Academic Building at 41 Cooper Square in the East Village of Manhattan, New York City. designed by Thom Mayne

Beyond My Ken, CC BY-SA 4.0via Wikimedia Commons

Thom Mayne: the “Nobel” of architecture in Perugia waiting for SEED 2023