Meet the new participants of Open Design School

Meet the new participants of Open Design School

Since August 2020, a new group of professionals has joined the Open Design School team to work on the creation of new spatial formats for live events as part of the Festival ''So far, so close''.

The team is composed of 6 professionals, 3 architects designers, 1 self-building expert designer, 1 social designer and 1 visual designer.  The participants of Open Design School, all selected professionals, exchange knowledge and experience through their work, becoming students and teachers at the same time.


Immacolata Alianelli, Architect, from Matera

Immacolata Alianelli is a designer, born and raised in Matera. She graduated with honors in 2011 in Architecture at the University La Sapienza of Rome, with a thesis on energy and environmental requalification of the Institute of Physics "G.Marconi". She has been involved for several years in the technical management of real estate assets with a particular focus on the enhancement, remarketing and due diligence of real estate assets. He has worked, within the European Voluntary Service project, at the contemporary art gallery New Art Exchange in Nottingham (UK) collaborating with the artistic and technical direction in the activities concerning the design and organization processes of the various exhibitions and installations.


Vito Battista, Visual Designer, from Noicattaro (BA)

Vito Battista was born in Bari in 1994. He studied Industrial Design at the Politecnico, where he began to approach design, graduating with a thesis in visual communication on the production of extra virgin olive oil in Puglia. Later he studied communication and design for publishing at Isia Urbino, deepening his approach to art direction, visual communication and typography. He graduated with a research thesis that explores the changes and evolutions in the way of making graphics and music between postmodernism and contemporary, flanking the methods of creation and design of the two disciplines. For two years he collaborated as art director and graphic designer with Crowdbooks, publisher of photographic books. He currently works as a freelance graphic designer and professor of graphic design in the degree course in Industrial Design at the Politecnico di Bari.


Francesco Angelo Convertini, Self-building expert designer, from Locorotondo (BA)

Class '89. Born and raised on shipyard. Surveyor and graduating in construction engineering. After the London experience in ORproject in 2015 he began working with Archistart as a tutor and craftsman. Member of the first ODS in 2016 today immersed in museum installations, events and art fairs, focusing his attention on DIY. Designer and builder passionate about neuroarchitecture and focused on giving an unusual use and application to materials. Problem solver.


Francesco Lipari, Architect, from Campofranco (CL)

Francesco is an architect who works on emerging design processes through an interdisciplinary design that integrates architecture with music, natural sciences, mathematics and technology and finds its synthesis in the research project La Città Emozionale. In Rome in 2009 he founded the studio OFL Architecture with which he received several international awards and he is co-founder of Cityvision, a paper and digital architecture magazine that deals with urban strategies on the future of the city working at the intersection between architecture, research and critical analysis. Francesco is actively involved in urban regeneration projects and is part of the community of founders of Farm Cultural Park in Favara, Agrigento province. He was the first director of SOU, Farm's school of architecture for children, for which he designed the Building Better Citizens educational program that brought together Sicilian and international realities. He also coordinates the architecture sector of Periferica in Mazara del Vallo on the occasion of the annual Summer School. Curator of several architectural projects, Francesco's work has been exhibited and published internationally thanks to exhibitions such as Cut 'n' Paste at MoMA in New York, Worlds of Cityvision at WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles and Invisible Architecture at Bilotti Museum in Rome together with Sou Fujimoto, Arata Isozaki and Superstudio.


Grazia Mappa, Architect, from Palagiano (TA)

Grazia Mappa is an architect, exhibition designer and independent researcher. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara, lives and works between Milan and Taranto. After a series of experiences she collaborated in Milan with Studio Folder, following several projects including the exhibition design for the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature curated by Paola Antonelli. In 2017 he co-founded with Gabriele Leo the duo PLSTCT, whose design practice investigates the co-evolutive relationships between bodies (individual and collective) and architectural space. They were selected within the exhibition "The State Of The Art Of Architecture", curated by Joseph Grima for Triennale Milano. Recently they took part, as tutors, in the AA visiting school "The Possibility Of An Island". Their research has contributed to several platforms, both academic and independent, ETH Zurich Architecture department, Kabul Magazine, The Institute of Queer Ecology. Since 2018 she is co-curator of POST DISASTER, a curatorial platform for critical learning on the conditions of the Mediterranean scenario that investigates the role of marginal territories - on a global scale - within production systems and capital flows, starting from Taranto. EPs take place on the roofs of the city, they are collective performances for the construction, sharing and decentralization of knowledge. The DISEASE is, literally, the "misalignment from the stars", an inauspicious condition, contrary to the most favorable routes. Is it possible to interpret the disaster as a starting condition towards a happy drift?


Saverio Massaro, Social Designer, from Altamura (BA)

Saverio Massaro, born in 1986, graduated in Architecture at the Sapienza University of Rome where he also obtained the title of PhD cum laude with the dissertation "Integrated urban strategies to tackle the waste crisis. New opportunities for civic architecture". He promotes urban regeneration strategies and coordinates participatory processes in Puglia. He is president of the non-profit association Esperimenti Architettonici and carries out consulting activities for public administrations and public bodies. Since 2017 he collaborates with the Municipality of Altamura in the activities of the interinstitutional urban laboratory Iperurbano. Since 2012 he has been developing projects and participatory play-format with the Ass. Urban Experience and is co-founder of the Ass. CivicWise Italia. He has edited and participated in the publication of volumes and articles in magazines. He has organized conferences and public debates and regularly gives presentations and talks at seminars and conferences. He currently lectures at the University of Basilicata and teaches History of Design at RUFA - Rome University of Fine Arts in Rome.


Find here the former participants bio (Venues of Matera project)

Find here the former participants bio (Stages project)

Find here the former participants bio (Project Concept and realization of the setting up for Matera 2019)


Open Review - So Far, So Close Festival. Esercizi di vicinanza

Open Review - So Far, So Close Festival. Esercizi di vicinanza

A new team for Open Design School!

A new team for Open Design School!