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Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo researches experimental ecological design and its theoretical implications, to generate new territories of imagination. In particular, considering the design as a “weak” field evolvable and renewable through new transdisciplinary approaches. She has developed the definition of Technonature as an experimental concept to qualify a non dichotomic idea of Nature as technology, able of forming an experimental space between art and sciences. She was Graham Foundation Grant Recipient in 2014 and in 2015 she was invited to candidate for the Wheel Wright Prize, award of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, award of the Harvard University to architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent inside the international panorama of Design. Ph.D Architect with merit, she was Visiting Scholar at the M.I.T. (2010-11) and at the G.s.D., Harvard University (2011-2012). In 2015, She was curator of the session Landscape and City at the Symposium Milano Capitale del Moderno, Padiglione Architettura_Expo Bellearti, Grattacielo Pirelli. She is founder of the independent research agency Weakcircus and co-founder of B.L.U. (Building Landscape Urbanism), active in studies, research in contemporary urbanism. Since 2002, she has been the principal of her firm, active in public projects and international competitions. She teaches Landscape Design at the Politecnico di Torino.

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Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo researches experimental ecological design and its theoretical implications, to generate new territories of imagination. In particular, considering the design as a “weak” field evolvable and renewable through new transdisciplinary approaches. She has developed the definition of Technonature as an experimental concept to qualify a non dichotomic idea of Nature as technology, able of forming an experimental space between art and sciences. She was Graham Foundation Grant Recipient in 2014 and in 2015 she was invited to candidate for the Wheel Wright Prize, award of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, award of the Harvard University to architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent inside the international panorama of Design. Ph.D Architect with merit, she was Visiting Scholar at the M.I.T. (2010-11) and at the G.s.D., Harvard University (2011-2012). In 2015, She was curator of the session Landscape and City at the Symposium Milano Capitale del Moderno, Padiglione Architettura_Expo Bellearti, Grattacielo Pirelli. She is founder of the independent research agency Weakcircus and co-founder of B.L.U. (Building Landscape Urbanism), active in studies, research in contemporary urbanism. Since 2002, she has been the principal of her firm, active in public projects and international competitions. She teaches Landscape Design at the Politecnico di Torino.


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