Alessandro Melis (Cagliari, 1969) has been selected as curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2020. His Resilient Communities project proposes a reflection on the urgent questions faced by architecture in Italy and suggests future perspectives for Italian peripheries and opportunities for redefining the strategic and multidisciplinary role or architecture.
For the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Alberto Bonisoli: “The Resilient Communities project by Alessandro Melis confronts the pressing urgency of such issues as climate change and the resilience of communities. The proposed exhibition will be both informative and engaging. The Italy Pavilion will represent an occasion of reflecting on how to positively respond in the future to the pressures exerted on society and the environment today”.
The architect Alessandro Melis is currently director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities and founder of Media Hub, the first open lab at the University of Portsmouth. The lab was created with the objective of studying technological innovation in the field of climate-based and environmental design.
His research explores innovations in environmental sustainability and the resilience and regeneration of the city. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and symposiums held at such institutions as the MoMA in New York and the China Academy of Art.
Alessandro Melis was selected from an invited group of five professionals from the national scene. The project was selected by Minster Bonisoli during the review of submissions by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries.
The DGAAP managed the selection of the curator of the Italy Pavilion after identifying leading figures from related fields whose curricula boast important activities above all in fields of research related to the city, public space, sustainability and collaborative practices.The five figures invited to this year’s selection were: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Emiliano Gandolfi, Sara Marini, Alessandro Melis, Pier Paolo Tamburelli.