The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TB
The next session hosted by Who Cares invites Rome-based architecture collective Orizzontale and the non-profit cultural association Le Seppie, with headquarters in Amantea, Calabria, South of Italy.
Since 2010, Orizzontale has developed projects in the public realm in Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Ukraine and Portugal, promoting projects of common relational spaces, giving form to both dismissed and unseen images of the city. These projects have represented the ground for experimenting with new forms of collaborative interactions between city dwellers and urban commons, as well as testing the boundaries of creating architecture. With the main goal to respond to new social needs through experimentation in public space, Orizzontale tries to optimize the resources available and to create a synergy between different types of "urban waste". Orizzontale consists of Jacopo Ammendola, Juan Lopez Cano, Giuseppe Grant, Margherita Manfra, Nasrin Mohiti Asli, Roberto Pantaleoni and Stefano Ragazzo.
"Le Seppie", an active ensemble formed by Rita Elvira Adamo and Florian Siegel, student and alumni at LondonMet, explores the boundaries of practice and education and aims to promote cultural activities and social growth in Calabria. The association intends to increase social cohesion in an area in Europe, typical of today's society: The recent immigration flows that are taking place between Africa and Europe, and the slow economic and social decline of rural European areas are the circumstances that Le Seppie considers as "positive resources" rather than "problems". By working with interventions such as events, workshops and small projects, involving local and international actors, schools, national and international universities, Le Seppie's work revolves around culture and brings people and communities together. Le Seppie's work was showcased at the Venice Biennale in September 2016, at Spazio Murat in Bari in March 2017, and at the Forum Factory in Berlin in September 2017.
Last Summer, both, Orizzontale and Le Seppie worked together in Belmonte with students and staff from LondonMet, locals and refugees. The next Who Cares session will discuss their care for communities, ambitions for making a positive change in the public realm, and similarities and differences of working methods.