Social and co-design project, 2020


A project to create an online shared house during the lockdown (through collage)

by Federica Delprino and Rachele Tonioni

>>> The scientific paper about project has been selected for the International Conference Movement and perception. The representation of the urban landscape as project driver, organised by the LéaV (Ensa Versailles) in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Department (DAD), Polytechnic School, University of Genoa and will be published soon on GUD Magazine – special edition
>> The project has been exhibited during the Milan Design Week 2021 at WeMoveLab in collaboration with Revart!
During the event, we’ve also organised two talks with the designer Emilio Lonardo (La nuova estetica digi-fisica dell’abitare) and the art curator Riccardo Zelatore (Intersezioni tra realtà abitative).

Take part to the project on the Instagram Page @togatherhome!

The element that manifested itself as a common condition during the covid-19 pandemic, in a historical moment of constraint to protect health, was the home. Everyone was confined into a sort of house, in its various configurations, forced to move around in a well-defined living space.
This is not only home for eating and sleeping, but is the focus of all actions to keep up relations to the outside world.

People everywhere found themselves sharing such an important and invasive condition, reconsidering what they understand as domestic space and how they live it every day. And the interior space, with its objects taking on a different value, becomes more and more in continuity with the outside.

“ToGatherHome” project starts precisely from this idea of the home as a space, a state of mind shared between people who may come from different cultures but are all isolated in the place they call home. A home that goes beyond the walls, the furniture and the time spent in it, to any of its more conventional definitions.

The project aims to bring physical space into the digital realm in order to create a common virtual living space, where people miles apart can meet; where suggestions of dwellings on distant continents can dialogue; where everyone can find their place under a “digital roof”. And in the end, thanks to these new contacts and contaminations, everyday spaces are upgraded and invigorated.)

The co-design element is very important to create ephemeral yet valuable (virtual) spaces. People trust the designers giving them pics of their favourite or worst corners of their houses, shot with their unique point of view. Then these pics are distorted, cut, blended with other to create points of connection and mutuality that would not otherwise exist. They’re not physical, but during the pandemic virtual became real more and more.

Federica Delprino


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