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Politecnico di Milano

Terraviva Workshops


Macao Milano

Ebony Carpentry

Daelimone Japan


Alessandro Pasero, Amrita Batra, Ana Kapsarova, Anna Pavelkova, Andrea Velkoska, Caterina Sauciuc, Dalila Giampietro, Eliza Del Castillo, Eugenio Chironna, Gabriel Maslen, Giada Zuan, Imge Duzgun, Jiangtao Chen, Joanna Abbas, Kostas Kapranis, Laine Lazda, Laura Padron Rodriguez, Linnea Sundström, Liu Yiqing, Martina Calegari, Matej Paladin, Meng Jiaqi, Nadia Buelli, Petar Delgyanski, Samuel Torre, Serap Sonmez. 

“Plug-in 4 Rehab” workshop has been a two-part course which took place in Milan during the month of October. It concerns the ideology of the “Plug-in”, first made popular in the 1960s by the Japanese Metabolists and by Archigram. The Plug-in of 50 years ago proposed architecture for modern nomads, assuming futurist buildings prepared as technologically equipped scaffolds into which prefabricated units for dwelling or workers could be inserted or extracted at will. Plug-in predicated a future of joyful uprootedness.

Our reinterpretation of the Plug-in concept has for sure been more modest and it has assumed that the high-tech component was already present in our lives: due to the incremental spread of wi-fi and digital technologies, people are finally being freed from spatial rootedness. We thus proposed a similar flexibility of making designs for living (sleeping, reading, writing, cooking) made from more comfortable and biodegradable materials (or in some cases recycled materials). The workshop had a direct contact with “AIDA Atelier” in Tokyo, which is specialized in Plug-in solutions made in wood for hostels set up in existing buildings. The idea was to propose a return to the Plug-in concept as a practice more appropriate to the social and economic determinants of the 21st century. Migration, mass tourism, share economy, and climate change are new factors that create an increased demand for nomadic devices, implying architectural solutions with the flexibility of cell phones. Rather than destroying and rebuilding the whole world, the new plug-in approach aspires to adapting to existing buildings and landscape. It also hopes to serve alternative social solutions based on the share economy, such as co-housing and co-working. The underlying reason for the “Plug-in 4 Rehab” workshop in Milan was to promote a more environmentally responsible mode of intervention, using biodegradable materials for new additions while preventing the waste of demolitions and the use of dubious construction materials. We have worked in the case with the "MaCao" Association, which has occupied a beautiful Liberty-style building (ex-SEGIMA headquarters) for over 10 years, offering cultural and artistic services. We have designed according to the needs that were expressed by the members of MaCao and use their very well-appointed wood-working shop to build the components.


Architecture Workshop &





Design phase: Politecnico di Milano;




3-20 October 2020