Some sewn pieces of nylon in the shape of either a torpedo, or a sphere or a donut, then a small blower, a computer, few sensors, a projector, an optimistic look at the future, the desire to experiment and then here we are! CICCIO or the Curiously Inflated Computer Controlled Interactive Object.

CICCIO is light, inflatable, transportable, white, neutral, bright, coloured, projected; it has been hung and laid down and it has been used either as vertical or horizontal space; we’ve made it in the shape of a donut, a torpedo and sphere; we’ve built it in Ivrea but then we’ve inflated it in Rome, Florence, Milan, Turin, Genoa, London, Bangkok, Beijing, Venice and the next one will be in Lille.

CICCIO is an open-source platform that everyone can use, copy, modify, distribute in order to learn how to teach; to learn how to learn both space and interactivity; to learn how to make a fast prototype of spatial interfaces; to learn how to experiment simple technologies that in the next future will be implanted in our quotidian living environment: houses, shops, square, cities.

CICCIO as teaching platform has been used to develop thesis projects, prototypes and many interactive installations.

Interaction-Ivrea: Walter Aprile, Dario Buzzini, Eyal Fried, Daniele Mancini, Stefano Mirti, Line Ulrike Christiansen, Karmen Franinovic

Sponsored by: Interaction Design Institute Ivrea

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// What is

UNPACKED Studio is a professional practice based in Rome (Italy) operating within the traditional fields of architecture and urban planning but also interested in exploring the contemporary through other creative approaches.

// What we do

UNPACKED Studio provides services in the fields of Design, Communication, Architecture, Urban Planning, Participatory Process, Innovative Education and Research.

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// Mission

UNPACKED Studio is a common ground for speculations over cross-fertilizing projects involving several professionals from diverse disciplines. We like experimenting cutting-edge approaches between digital and analog.

// Who we are

UNPACKED Studio has been founded by Daniele Mancini and Irene Rinaldi, both architects and educators.

Daniele Mancini is Ph.D. in Theory of Architecture. He worked in France at Jakob+ MacFarlane Architects and in The Netherlands at Wiel Arets Architects. He is currently involved in teaching activities at IED Istituto Europeo di Design di Roma.

Irene Rinaldi worked in Spain at De La Puerta Architects and in Italy at Schiattarella Associati where participated to the design of Italian Pavillon for the Japan Expo 2005 in Aichi (Nagoya)

UNPACKED Studio started in January 2005 thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs European funds “Sviluppo Italia”.