Urban Fields @ Nicosia, Cyprus

Lecture by Daniele Mancini + Workshop

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Events by the Department of Architecture, University of Nicosia, Cyprus and Urban Gorillas in collaboration with the Italian Embassy.

9th September 2014

Architecture Research Center [ARC]
University of Nicosia
31, Michael Giorgalla str., 2409, Engomi, Nicosia

Rethinking Architecture Workshop: Inflating the Public_I

8 September 2014 – 19 September 2014

Architecture Research Centre of the University of Nicosia

The participants were asked to conceive, design and construct flexible inflatable structures that were installed at various locations in Nicosia in a three-day pop-up event. The working material was polyethylene and the participants experimented with the technique of taping for its assembly. The outcome of the workshop acted as a tool in regenerating urban public spaces in Nicosia. Participants were selected through an open call. All the materials and participation in the workshop were provided to the participants free of charge. This workshop was the beginning of a series of workshops for the collaborative project Green Urban Laboratory (GUL) and was run by Urban Gorillas in partnership with the University of Nicosia and made possible with funding from the EEA Grants & Norway Grants. The overall project, that incorporates research and action based activities, was aimed at raising awareness on the importance of public spaces in developing socially sustainable cities through bottom-up initiatives that endorse participatory democracy.

Thanks to Veronika Antoniou and Urban Gorillas


// 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”.