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“Design as an Italian Phenomenon” a Public Lecture by Prof. Arch. Luca Molinari at the Kadirgamar Institute

On the 22nd of February, The Lakshman Kadrigamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) hosted a public lecture entitled ‘Design as an Italian Phenomena’. The lecture was delivered by Professor Arch Luca Molinari, Associate Professor of “History of Contemporary Architecture” at the Faculty of Architecture, Naples Italy: L Vanvitelli SUN  

The lecture was presided over by Mr. Asanga Abeygoonasekera the Executive Director of LKIIRSS and Architect Thilak Samarawickrema delivered the introduction to Professor Molinari. In his remarks Professor Molinari discussed the role that creativity and art has on the economy, using Italian art and design as a case study. The lecture was followed by a Question and Answer session.

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One of the ways in which art has changed in Italy, according to Prof. Molinari, is through the employment of irony. An example that he used to illustrate this was the often used comment that Milan is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the design of a mosquito net that was in the map of Milan.. Color too is a fantastic source of creativity, such as the Pruse chair with irony and color being played together. The other economical artistic construct was the plastic type writer that could be taken lightly to any place the owner requires and was thus a utilitarian design.

He stated that the new art is also going back to the basics, the simplicity of the material or the basics of real life. Single objects were created for the ‘happy hour’ where people at seven become happy by drinking and eating. Such a design is cheap, functional and sustainable, while interpreting the life of young people. Design culture is also being applied to IT, such as the Copenhagen wheel which transforms the bicycle into an electric hybrid bicycle which can be applied independently in any device.    

Fashion too is applying design and economy such as the creation of the website that promotes fashion and Italian design called Ukes.com. Another good example is Prada, which invested in architecture to create a house that would sell fashion.

Prof. Molinari concluded the lecture by stating that creativity and art has changed, specifically in Italy and that the new art has a positive impact on the economy.

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Issued by :  Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS)

For further information, please contact Sharanya Sekaram at tel. no: (011) 2687025/ 5754601-3 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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