From July 24th to the 31st 2017, MADE LABS, the summer course of Made Program (the new project of the “Rosario Gagliardi” Fine Arts Academy), will take place in Siracusa, Sicily; the Cologni Foundation is part of the programme.

This first edition, curated by Studio Formafantasma and Moncada Rangel Architects, includes eight days of workshops and lectures, led by world-renowned creative professionals and addressed to designers, architects and artists who are curious about new developments in their respective fields.
The theme for this edition is “Autenti-city (or the Unesco paradox)”: an invitation to talk about authenticity and cultural heritage between design, architecture, arts, crafts, traditions and local culture.

Studio Formafantasma, with Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, has followed the part dedicated to design: “For us MADE LABS and our involvement with the Man Made course of the Made Program is a great opportunity to create a place to discuss about design and architecture in Sicily. This initiative want to demonstrate how (in a globalized world) sprouts for critical thinking can (and should) grow far from major urban centers. The peripheral dimension therefore becomes the ideal observation point and the apparent isolation essential to the development of independent ideas."

Moncada Rangel Architects (Francesco Moncada and Mafalda Rangel) curated the architectural section: “Syracuse has been listed as Unesco World Heritage site in 2005 for its cultural, architectural and artistic historical value. Just like other places in the world, Syracuse is currently dealing with the inevitable paradox between marketing/museification of its historical centre of Ortigia and, what we could call, the survival of its own authenticity. Being a new hot spot for innovative knowledge, MADE LABS hopes to contribute for the development of the Sicilian territory by giving alternative possibilities to what seems to be the most relevant question for the south east Sicilian region: how can design & architecture advice on strategies that keep in balance the authenticity of Syracuse? Bringing together more than twenty creative minds, MADE LABS aims to propose visionary and simple projects for the future of this area.”

On July 28th the Cologni Foundation with Studio Formafantasma and Sam Jacob Studio will run one of the evening lectures.