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Milan Alcova

Milan Alcova

Sunday 5 June — Sunday 12 June 2022

What do we need to start from scratch – to start being humane again?

In WATERSCHOOL’s Garden of Delight, human presence is not immediately perceptible. It is a place where the fundamental elements composing the human body and our essential resources simultaneously become valuable nutritional sources, building materials and filtering agents. The garden, a humble starting point, grows into a new type of household – fostering completely new ways of living.

WATERSCHOOL’s site-based research and a ‘learning by doing’ approach focuses on Rotterdam’s Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H) harbour district. Operating as a test site, WATERSCHOOL shows a speculative landscape where the 6,300 future residents implement the regenerative use of raw materials and resources, allowing for balanced cohabitation between all local organisms, communities, and environment.


WATERSCHOOL MILAN

You can find us in fabulous Alcova, a former factory building. The ex-industrial space is partly taken over by plants and vegetation, giving it a state of poetic semi-abandonment. In WATERSCHOOL Alcova we have invited Rotterdam based artists, designers and architects to contribute. The exhibition, supported by Stichting Droom en Daad, shows a sustainable, circular and regenerative learning environment in order to meet the looming ecological challenges.


In an intimate and personal setting, we will personally guide you through the Garden, connecting it to the Rotterdam M4H district and illustrating what a new living and working environment could look like when its development is guided by a resource use that ensures a fair interaction between all organisms, communities, and their environment.


Participants

Aliki van der Kruijs & Jos Klarenbeek
Ance Janevica
Arvid & Marie
Bart Hess & Govert Flint
Basse Stittgen
Emma van der Leest & Radboud University, NL
Flip the City
Frank Bruggeman
Gijs Schalkx
Helmut Smits
Lab AIR
Livin Farms
Maidie van den Bos | Forêt Atelier
Max Latour & Pierre Oskam
Paolo Patelli, Giulio Squillacciotti & Giuditta Vendrame
Philipp Kolmann, Suzanne Bernhardt & Liza Witte
Roberta Di Cosmo & Matilde Patuelli
Studio Klarenbeek & Dros
Studio Makkink & Bey
Studio Ossidiana
Tamara Orjola

Check the LIBRARY for more project information.


program

At WATERSCHOOL Milan we will have an extended series of lectures, workshops and presentations, amongst others

6 June Monday:
14.30 – 15.00
Studio Ossidiana | The Design of the Encounter
Location: Offcut Bar

15.00 – 16.00
Joseph Grima & Jurgen Bey
Location: Offcut Bar

7 June Tuesday:
16.00 – 16.20
Lab AIR | Smogware a tableware collection colored with air pollution
Location: Offcut Bar

16.20 – 16.40
Forêt Atelier | an aquatic herbarium
Location: Offcut Bar

17.00 – 19.00
Roberta Di Cosmo & Matilde Patuelli | Present by Nature: exploring the cosmology of a leftover land (performance + intervention)
Location: A11/A12 (Tempio), WATERSCHOOL – GARDEN OF DELIGHT

8 June Wednesday:
13.00 – 14.00 & 16.00 – 17.00
Lab AIR and Forêt Atelier | Workshop Taste the Air
Location: A11/A12 (Tempio), WATERSCHOOL – GARDEN OF DELIGHT

9 June Thursday:
11:00-13:00
Roberta Di Cosmo & Matilde Patuelli | Present by Nature: geographies from the gap (Live Action Role Play)
Location: A11/A12 (Tempio), WATERSCHOOL – GARDEN OF DELIGHT

12:00 – 15:30
Forêt Atelier | Ongoing: Aquatic Imaginary Workshop
Location: A11/A12 (Tempio), WATERSCHOOL – GARDEN OF DELIGHT

11 June Saturday:
13.30 – 14.00
Gijs Schalkx | Project Uitsloot
Location: Offcut Bar

16.00 – 18.00
Roberta Di Cosmo & Matilde Patuelli | Present by Nature: exploring the cosmology of a leftover land (performance + intervention)
Location: A11/A12 (Tempio), WATERSCHOOL – GARDEN OF DELIGHT


Practical information

Sunday 5 June — Sunday 12 June 2022
Opening hours: 11 am – 7 pm
Opening event: Thursday 9 June 8 pm – 1.30 am (RSVP only)
Venue Alcova Via Simone Saint Bon 1, 20147, Milano

Invitation Milan Alcova 2022

Presskit Milan Alcova 2022

Press release

For more information and/or visual material,
please contact us via
pr@studiomakkinkbey.nl

studiomakkinkbey.nl | waterschool.nl
instagram @smb_waterschool

Curated and produced by team Studio Makkink & Bey
Rianne Makkink, Jurgen Bey, Anja van Zoomeren, Michou
de Bruijn, Nai-Dan Chang, Timothy Liu, Antoinette
Veneman, Hsiang Ching Chuang, Daan Veerman, Pichaya
Puapoomcharoen

THANK YOU
Stichting Droom en Daad, Programmabureau M4H
Rotterdam, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom
Relations, City of Rotterdam, International Architecture
Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)

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