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"ECÒL" | TerraViva Visiting Professors | "The Urban Sponge IV"


ECÒL is an architecture office and research platform based in Italy. We develop unconventional strategies and aesthetics as a way to address contemporary issues and needs. Our work is the result of the observation and study of each project’s specific context. We are led by the desire to create exciting and interactive domains of expression.

THINKING: We believe in a generous approach to design, which translates into the will to maximize all project’s intrinsic potential, regardless of budget. We are constantly fascinated by culture and people, always looking for a new iconography rich of symbolism and meaning. We use geometry as a tool to intuitively address human reactions and trigger spontaneous social engagement. ECÒL’s work extends from International competitions to public space interventions at the smaller scale. In 2017 and 2018 the team has been awarded for projects on public space in Italy and Europe.

AREAS OF ACTIVITY: Our work explores many scales, from public space to private renovations to graphic design, from local interventions to international competitions. Call us if you’re interested in working with us, establish a collaboration, or simply to get in touch. At ECÒL we do: Architecture / Urbanism / Graphic, Web and Brand design / Art Direction / Social issues / Research collaborations / Refurbishing houses / Art Installations / Books

TEAM: Our team has no rigid borders and it’s always transforming. It is composed of architects, designers, web developer and by all the people that constantly support our our work and research. ECÒL has been funded by Emanuele Barili, Cosimo Balestri, Olivia Gori and Lorenzo Perri.

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Photo Credits © ECÒL

DRAWING PUBLIC SPACE Temporary intervention, Vienna Design Week, Schwendermarkt, Vienna (Austria), 2017

SHELTER #1 Temporary public space, Prato (PO), Italy

TEOTIHUACAN PLATFORM Architectural competition, Mextropoli 2019 (Mexico)

PIAZZA DELL’IMMAGINARIO Temporary public space, Macrolotto 0, Prato (PO), Italy, 2015-2018

LA SERENISSIMA Temporary installation, Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy, 16th Architecture Biennale, Venice

MODULAR VERNACULAR Permanent installation, Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2018

BLESSED SACRAMENT OBELISK Architectural competition for a religious obelisk, Third place, Cava de’Tirreni (SA), Italy, 2017

MAGIC CARPETS Temporary intervention, Nuit Blanche Taipei, Republic of China, 2017

ROMANICO AUTOMATICO Tactical Urbanism Project, Pistoia, 2019

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! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the third competition of 2021. Starting from December 13th, registrations will be open until 18/03/2022.


December 13th "Tactical Urbanism NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 18/03/2022; Results on 26/04/2022; Jury:  Miralles Tagliabue EMBT (Barcelona), Public City (Winnipeg), Openfabric (Rotterdam); Orizzontale (Rome); Intuy Lab (Lima); Sports (New York); Atelier Nea (Paris); OBBA (Seoul);


September 10th "Hangar Ticinum - A Community Hub on the River"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 10/12/2021; Results on 20/01/2022; Jury: Piuarch (Milan); TSPA (Berlin); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Operastudio (New York); Degli Esposti Architetti (Milan); Untitled Architecture (Moscow); Comune di Pavia (Pavia); Politecnico di Milano (Milan);

March 15th "The Living Museum - Micro-Architectures in the Landscape"7.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 01/08/2021; Results on 13/09/2021; Jury: Topotek1 (Berlin); Elemental Architecture (New York); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Paredes Pedrosa (Madrid); NADAAA (Boston); One O One Architects (Seoul); Nicolas Campodonico (Rosario); Studio O (Berlin);

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