Italian Pavilion 2021 - Alessandro Melis

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Alessandro Melis (Cagliari, 1969) is the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 17th. International Architecture Exhibition of Biennale di Venezia. The project "Resilient Communities" presented by the architect proposes a reflection on the urgencies of architecture in Italy and suggests future prospects for the Italian suburbs and opportunities for redefining the strategic and multidisciplinary role of architecture.


The project "Resilient Communities" by Alessandro Melis addresses issues of great urgency such as climate change and community resilience. This is a very informative and engaging exhibition, and the Italian Pavilion will be an opportunity to reflect on how to respond positively in the future to the social and environmental pressures currently


Alessandro Melis, an architect by training, is now Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities, and founder of the Media Hub, the first open lab at the University of Portsmouth, created with the aim of studying technological innovation in the field of climate and environmental design. His research topics include innovation in the fields of environmental sustainability, resilience and urban regeneration, on which he has been curator and key speaker at conferences and symposia at institutions such as MoMA in New York, and the China Academy of Art.


Alessandro Melis's project was identified by the Minister at the end of a selection procedure in which 5 representative names on the national scene were invited to participate. The General Directorate has managed the selection of the curator of the Italian Pavilion for the national participation through the identification of personalities in the sector, who in recent years have carried out significant activities especially in the field of research related to the themes of the city, public space, sustainability and collaborative practices. The 5 curators invited this year are: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Emiliano Gandolfi, Sara Marini, Alessandro Melis, Pier Paolo Tamburelli.