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Australia: Sydney Design Festival

On the 3rd Italian Design Day in the World and the Sydney Design Festival 2019, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney will feature Milan-based architect and computational designer Arturo Tedeschi in the Symposium dedicated to Accessing Design, the theme of the Sydney Design Festival 2019. Other participants in the symposium will be Berto Pandolfo, industrial designer and Director of Product Design at the UTS, Paolo Stracchi, architectural engineer and Lecturer in Architectural Technology at the University of Sydney, and Nico Pietroni, Senior Lecturer at the UTS School of Software. In 2019, the Institute has included the event in the Sydney Design Festival, a yearly event which celebrates its 21st edition in 2019 and which this year will focus on Accessing Design, dedicated to giving voice to Sydney designers, asking them to broaden the definition of design so as to expand the dialogue between creative practice, accessibility and inclusiveness.

The program of the symposium will include the following talks:

  • Arturo Tedeschi: Hyper-meritocracy in architecture and design
  • Berto Pandolfo: Italian product design companies: from humble workshops to international brands
  • Paolo Stracchi: Open-process: the Italian way of making structural design
  • Nico Pietroni: Engineering and imagination: Advanced computational design to manufacturing
Arturo Tedeschi started his career in 2004, complementing professional practice with a personal research on parametric design, focusing on relationships between architecture and new technologies. In 2010, he published Architettura Parametrica (Parametric Architecture with Grasshopper), a bestselling book on parametric design. In the same year he collaborated with Zaha Hadid Architects in London and he founded A > T, launching his activities as designer and consultant for major companies and businesses. His approach to design includes techniques such as Algorithms-Aided Design (AAD), robotic milling, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality. His projects include: NU:S Installation at the Chiostro del bramante (2012), Parametric Shoes (2012), The CloudBridge (2013), Ilabo Shoes with Ross Lovegrove (2015), Fessura wall-system (2017), Alcantara Corner Lounges for Audi with Ross Lovegrove (2017), Oyster Chair (2018). He is the author of AAD Algorithms-Aided Design, a reference manual on parametric design. 

Berto Pandolfo is an industrial designer who trained and worked in Australia and Italy. His design research is influenced by non-traditional or practice-oriented investigations, specifically on the application of both emerging and traditional methods to develop new approaches to complex form-making. 
Berto is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Integrated Product Design program at UTS. His courses focus on the history of industrial design, technical and visual communication for industrial designers, object making and prototyping and marketing of design. 

Paolo Stracchi is an Architectural Engineer and Lecturer in Architectural Technology at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning of the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the perfect relation between architecture and construction and on historical construction methods. Paolo has practised extensively as a Project Designer in Italy and Australia and has a PhD in Architecture and Construction from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Nico Pietroni is a Senior Lecturer at the UTS FEIT School of Software. His main fields of research include parametric design and geometric processing, within the context of which he studies concepts and practical algorithms for the creation and manipulation of digital shape representation.