“MONDO DIGITALIA” | Terra Viva Workshop n° 7 | 01-04 February 2018 | Politecnico di Milano

The incremental use of digital technology has completely changed lifestyles as well as ways of designing. Based on the advice of Stefano Converso, who applies parametricism to practical design questions, in particular the winning entry of the Solar Decathalon House in 2008, Terra Viva students will research how through IoT and parametric design we could achieve better performances in reducing the ecological footprint. “Mondo Digitalia” Workshop will address these two aspects:

1) To what extent are digital media now part of daily life and how does this affect the spaces we live in? A survey of the IoT (internet of things) which includes physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data. An interesting example to study could be Bill Gates’s House which has screens on every wall and is completely interactive with human actions. A good text for considering to what extent algorithms have become the basis of existence is Homo Deus, a brief history of the future by Yuval Noah Harari (2016).

2) Up to which point do we rely on “The Digital” in architectural design? The most common application is CAD, which mechanizes the process of creating drawings. But since the 1990s parametric processes have been developed so much that today it both allows one to have greater flexibility in solving problems while programming software for self generating design. The advent of the 3D printer is here. Useful texts for starting the research include Susanna Hagan, Digitalia (2008), Patrik Schumacher Parametricism, and Cecil Balmond, Informal (2002). A skeptical approach can be finally found in Ingersoll “Cyberproles of the World Unite”.

- Submissions at: workshop.terraviva@gmail.com

- Location: Politecnico di Milano (Sede Leonardo)

- Credits: 4CFU (required attendance 2 Workshops)

- Facebook/Instagram Pages: Workshop.Terraviva

TerraViva Competitions

Recently created as a new branch of "TerraViva", this specific section proposes a series of design competitions in line with the topics addressed by our workshops and mainly directed to architecture students, new graduates and young designers.

TACTICAL URBANISM NOW! The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the first competition of 2020. Starting from June 15th, registrations will be open until November 29th.



May 16th   "Milano Arch Week"

11:00 am - 7:00 pm Digital Marathon with a series of online Open Lectures by:  Petra Blaisse (Biblioteca degli Alberi); Peter Eisenman (Residenze Carlo Erba); Bjarke Ingels (CityLife); Rem Koolhaas (Fondazione Prada); Daniel Libeskind (CityLife); Patrik Schumacher – Zaha Hadid Architects (City Life); Kazuyo Sejima – SANAA (Campus Bocconi).


May 25th  "Milano Digital Week"

Online Edition | 25/05 - 30/05


June 5th  "Il Futuro degli Spazi Pubblici", 6:00 pm | Open Lecture




July 1st  "Tactical Urbanism Now! - The Reappropriation of Public Space" | TerraViva Competition #1

"Early" Registration Open from 15/06/2020 to  15/09/2020


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Recent Updates:

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, TerraViva Workshop has postponed all the programmed activities until January 1st 2021

Didactic ProgramDirector:

Richard Ingersoll

Scientific Coordination and Organization:

Eugenia Bolla

Stefano Lardera

Teaching Assistants:

Toufic Rifai

Matteo Pettinaroli

Omar Rota