Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

From the 1st of March, at the Milan Triennale, Broken Nature has begun, Curated by Paola Antonelli with the project to set up the Studio Folder Matilde Cassani.

DAFNE Project  Politecnico di Milano e ATEC 3D

Broken Nature is an in-depth exploration of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment that have been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years.

Plastic waste available for harvesting from the ocean. Credits NextWave
The XXII Triennale di Milano comprises a selection of circa 100 projects from the last three decades, examples of restorative design, architecture, and art from all over the world. Among them, Broken Natureincludes new installations and objects – like Alexandra Fruhstorfer’s Transitory Yarn, Dominique Chen’s Nuka-doko, and Google Brain’s Whale Song – and milestones like Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker’s Hippo Roller, Elemental’s Quinta Monroy housing, Martino Gamper’s 100 Chairs in 100 Days, and Zach Lieberman et al.’s Eyewriter low-cost, open source eye-tracking system.

Changing Face of Chinese Family. Photo by Li Haibing
All Tower of Power photos.
Credits Gabriel Urbanek

These projects, which have played an essential role in the history and advancement of design, have in some cases had a memorable impact on society and in the way humans related to the world around them. This is the first time that these projects are all placed within the same conversation, and in fact the same space, with the aim to unearth design’s potential to mediate societal and behavioral changes.

The initiative has a full program of collateral events involving countries from all over the world until September 1, 2019


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