X-TALK 032: Conditions

“Conditions” is a talk organized by Anti-tectonics in cooperation with Studio – X Beijing (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University) Saturday November 22nd 2014 at 14:00 at Studio-X in Beijing.


Lecture Conditions

The challenges presented by the fast urbanization process happening in China are unprecedented. It is forecasted that by 2030/2035, 70% of the Chinese population  will live in urban conditions (from today’s 50%), with the consequent creation of new urban bodies and migrations from rural territories to the existing and new cities and other urban territories. Therefore, the next decades are crucial for finding a new sustainable balance within cities, rural and natural eco-systems. Architecture and urban planning can play a substantial role in this search.

Can the mutable conditions of today’s China become the basis for radical development of architecture and urban planning disciplines?

Lecture by Giannantonio Bongiorno, Momo Andrea Destro, Eugenia Murialdo


Talk “Intelligent Urbanism” at Today Art Museum

After a first conference “Intelligent Urbanism” on the topic of smart cities held at the Italian Institute of Culture in Beijing in December 2013, June 14th 2014 at 15:00 the architects and researchers Momo Andrea Destro, Eugenia Murialdo and Liu Hai (刘海) will present an interpretation of the possibilities and risks that the urbanization process poses during a talk at the Today Art Museum in Beijing (P.R.C.).

By analyzing the causes of the ongoing urban expansion the lecturers will illustrate tangible strategies and visions for a more balanced growth of the urban eco-systems.

Talk Intelligent Urbanism

Talk Intelligent Urbanism



Conference “Intelligent Urbanism”

Conference Intelligent Urbanism

“Intelligent urbanism” is a conference about urban growth, new approaches towards urban planning and technologies for better cities.

In China and the rest of the world the concept of Smart Cities is becoming more and more a new model for the development of urban environment.

But what is a “Smart City”?

Are technology, data management, and Service Design the only approaches to this topic? Or is it an entirely new vision of city planning that could generate a real urban revolution? The topic will be discussed by a panel of experts, representatives from Italian, Chinese and European Institutions, and professionals such as architects and urban planners.

At the conference will participate:

  • Prof. Stefania Stafutti: Director Italian Cultural Institute/Embassy of Italy in Beijing
  • Filippo Umberto Nicosia: Economic and Commercial First Secretary, Embassy of Italy to P.R.C.
  • Momo Andrea Destro, Eugenia Murialdo, Giannantonio Bongiorno: Anti-tectonics
  • Jiang Dong: Expert, Digital City Engineering Research Center, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC
  • Prof. Fei Jun: Central Academy of Fine Arts, CAFA
  • Federico Pasini: International Cooperation Officer, Europe-China Clean Energy Centre (EC2)

The debate will be moderated by the director of the Italian Cultural Institute – Embassy of Italy, Beijing,Prof. Stefania Stafutti.

December 12th 2013, 18:30 – 20:30
Italian Cultural Institute/Embassy of Italy, Beijing
2 Sanlitun Dong Er Jie, Chaoyang District, Beijing

RSVP to info@antitectonics.com to attend to the event


Anti-tectonics Pavilion

The program “Anti-tectonics” for Beijing Design Week 2013 has been hosted at the “Anti-tectonics Pavilion”, a structure wrapped by an iconic curtain that staged talks, discussions, and other events during the entire length of the Beijing Design Week 2013.

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Designed by Giannantonio Bongiorno, Momo Andrea Destro and Eugenia Murialdo, the pavilion has been conceived as a simple structure with a roof and 2 main walls. It included a lounge bar, an exhibition area, and a conference room for a total amount of 150m 2. The 50 meters long curtain has been designed as a temporary envelope, able to open the entire pavilion to the Power Square of the 751 design fair grounds, avoiding divisions between inside and outside when open and creating a soft and iconic barrier when closed.

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion

BJDW 2013_Anti-tectonics Pavilion




“Anti-tectonics” is a long term program that pursues Italian and international cooperation in the research, promotion and production of innovative technologies in the design and industrial fields. Curated by architects Giannantonio Bongiorno, Momo Andrea Destro, Eugenia Murialdo the program is presented in the context of Beijing Design Week 2013 (26th September – 3rd October 2013).