November 28, 2020

OMA’s Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli Takes the Long View in Exploring Design, Architecture, Current Global Conditions

With his interdisciplinary expertise and complex, but practical thought process, Italian architect and OMA partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli is immersed in cutting-edge design.
Heading up OMA’s urban study of Palermo, Italy, for the upcoming Manifesta 12, Laparelli launched the “Palermo Atlas” last weekend that aims to extend the life of a nomadic art biennial by creating a sustainable platform for social change. Following the premise that there is no one way to define Sicily’s capital city, Laperelli is taking the long view as he often does with clients such as Prada. The urban study is meant to double as a blueprint for Palermo to map out its future and social change long after the art crowd has dispersed. Recruiting an architectural firm like Rem Koolhaas’ OMA was a first for Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, that bows in the capital city in June 2018.
Palermo’s Mayor Leoluca Orlando, Manifesta director Hedwig Fijen and Laparelli spelled out the game plan over the weekend. Striving to expand audiences’ interest beyond contemporary art, the aim is to imagine the future of their city and unlock potential with the help of residents and local grassroots organization. Laparelli said in an interview, “We looked at Palermo as

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