AOS’ Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico will be among the Keynote Speakers at Cumulus international design gathering in Rome, on June 8th 2021. Among the other keynote speakers will be Roberto Marchesini, Pier Luigi Capucci and Chiara Luzzana.

Due to the COVID restrictions, the conference, which was planned for 2020, has been postponed to June 8-11 2021, with the theme of Design Culture(s):

The working title of the Conference is “Design Culture(s)” and it is aimed to map the most advanced research and education in design, by reflecting on the idea of design as a form of culture, while drawing its field and opening to new directions.
Design Culture(s) is investigating not simply on the concept of culture as a monolithic expression of a specific knowledge that reflects on itself, but as the product of an investigation that is open to many different “Cultures” which are emerging and revolving around it in society, in the places and in history.

from the conference’s website

Salvatore and Oriana will speak about Nuovo Abitare:

Nuovo Abitare (New Living) is our contemporary condition, where so many of our rights, freedoms and opportunities are entangled with enormous quantities and qualities of data, and with the computation needed to process them. But, at the same time, data is the planet’s largest extractive phenomenon. We need to reinvent our alliances with data and computation, creating new rituals for our daily lives, in an ecosystemic vision of human beings, as part of the relational networks with other humans and non-humans, such as objects, buildings, cities, forests, animals, computational entities and all the possible new actors, which can use data and computation as a common ground for the emergence of new sensibilities. Some of these new possible rituals and alliances will be presented and discussed, as a practical foundation of this new vision.

From the abstract

Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media 

Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It was founded in 1990 and has today over 280 prominent university members from 56 countries. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices with the aim to build and maintain a dynamic and flexible academic scene which would bring together top level educational institutions from all parts of the world. 

Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Architecture and School of Industrial Design

The conference will take place at Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Architecture. Sapienza University of Rome was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII and it is one of the oldest universities in the world. At the moment, Sapienza is hosting about 115,000 students and 4.000 professors and researchers, and it is a top performer in international university rankings, thanks to the 63 Departments organized in 11 Faculties driving high levels of excellence in several fields.

The Degrees of Design are part of the Faculty of Architecture, which was founded in 1920 and it happens to be the first modern Faculty of Architecture in Italy. At the core of its mission is the commitment to innovation, technology, urban living, while serving a fast changing society.