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Aldo Cibic

Aldo Cibic(Schio, 1955), Italian designer.

Professor of Practice at College of Design and Innovation,Tongji University

Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, IUAV Venezia

Founder and owner of Cibicworkshop, a multidisciplinary design studio.


Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design.  In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that was to mark an epoch-making transition in the universe of design and architecture. By vocation and inclination an innovator, one who has never favoured generic labels nor stylistic excesses, Cibic adopted "experimentation as praxis”. In the late 1980s he founded the Studio Cibic and launched “Standard” (1991), his first self- produced collection.  At the same time he became a teacher at the Domus Academy and set up research activities with various schools, while developing his ideas around the "design of services". His projects, such as "The Solid Side" (1995) and "New Stories New Design" (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space and offered a new mode of designing places based on social interactions. He continued in this vein in subsequent years with "Microrealities" (2004) and "Rethinking Happiness" (2010). Both were presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and both originated contemporary narratives aimed at multiplying opportunities for meetings, exchanges and sharing in community life. In 2015 he curated the Venice Architecture Biennale of the Arts & Craft exhibition at the Venice pavilion.


In 1989 he founded the Cibic Workshop, not only a design studio, but a multidisciplinary research centre. Cibic Workshop strongly focuses on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awareness of public space.  Aldo Cibic teaches at Politecnico Milano, the IUAV, Venice, and the Domus Academy; he is professor of practice at the Tongji University College of Design & Innovation in Shanghai.


In 2019 he has been selected as High-End Foreign Expert by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China.

Aldo Cibic has been included in the “100+ best architecture firms 2019” distinguished for cultural innovation by the worldwide known architecture magazine Domus.


Research:

Services Design 

Social Innovation 

Design Thinking 

Social Design 

New Media Design 

 

Education Background

Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design.

 

In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that was to mark an epoch-making transition in the universe of design and architecture. By vocation and inclination an innovator, one who has never favoured generic labels nor stylistic excesses, Cibic adopted "experimentation as praxis”. In the late 1980s he founded the Studio Cibic and launched “Standard” (1991), his first self-produced collection.

 

At the same time he became a teacher at the Domus Academy and set up research activities with various schools, while developing his ideas around the "design of services". His projects, such as "The Solid Side" (1995) and "New Stories New Design" (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space and offered a new mode of designing places based on social interactions. He continued in this vein in subsequent years with "Microrealities" (2004) and "Rethinking Happiness" (2010). Both were presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and both invent contemporary narratives aimed at multiplying opportunities for meetings, exchanges and sharing in community life. In 2015 he curated the Venice Architecture Biennale of the Arts & Craft exhibition at the Venice pavilion.

 

In 2010 he founded the Cibic Workshop, not only a design studio but also a multidisciplinary research centre. Cibic Workshop focuses heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awareness of public space.

 

Representative academic achievements 

(In)complete, An Inquiry on Life and Design: a digital platform in open source, 2018 – New Media Design

Looking ahead. The evolution of the art of making. 9 stories from Veneto: digital – not only digital, Curator of the Venice Pavilion, 56th Biennale Venezia, 2015 - Design Thinking 

Freedom Room: Triennale di Milano, Milan 2013 - Social Design 

Toward Expo Milano 2015, Milan, 2011 - Design Thinking 

Rethinking Happiness: Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2010 - Social Innovation 

More with less: Design Research, Milan 2009 - Social Innovation 

Why Design?: CibicWorkshop Project 2006 - Design Thinking 

A Perfect Weekend: Design Research and Exhibition, Cibic & Partners Studio, Milan 2005 - Social Innovation 

Microrealities: Biennale di Architettura, Venice 2004 - Social Innovation 

New Stories New Design: Biennale di Architettura, Venice 2004 - Services Design 

Citizen_city: Design Research, Milan 2003 - Services Design 

Smart Home Fitness: Design Research, Milan 1998 - Design Thinking 

Family Business: The Solid Side, Domus Academy, Milan 1984 - Services Design 

 

Publications

   Aldo Cibic, (in)complete, Caffè Florian, Venezia 2019

     Aldo Cibic, (In)complete, Trying to make sense of a changing world, in Domus 1026 July-August 2018

     Aldo Cibic (editor), Looking ahead. The evolution of the art of making. 9 stories from Veneto: digital – not only digital, Marsilio, Venezia, 2015 

     Cibicworkshop, COMODOFreedom Room, Vicenza, 2013

     AAVV, Verso Expo Milano 2015, Electa, Milano, 2011, 

     Aldo Cibic, Rethinking Happiness -Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. New realities for changing lifestyles, Corraini Edizioni, Mantova, 2010

     Chen Yong Qun Deng Aldo Cibic Italian designer, Tongji University Press, 2009

   Aldo Cibic e Cibic&Partners, Microrealities A project about places and people, Skira, Milano, 2006

   Burigana, M. Ciampi, Italian Designers at Home, Verbavolant, Londra, 2006,

   Frida Doveil, Aldo Cibic, Abitare Segesta, Milano, 2005

   Cibic & Partners, Aldo Cibic e Erin Sharp, Citizen City, Milano 2003

   AAVV, Aldo Cibic Designer, Skira, Milano, 1999

 

 

Honors and Awards

2005 Honorary professorship in the Art and Design College of Architecture and Urban Planning Tongji University

2011 Wallpaper* Design Award

2019 Aldo Cibic has been included by the architecture magazine Domus in the guide to the world's best architects “100+ best architecture firms 2019”.

 

 

International exchanges and activities

2003 – Shanghai Made in Italy – Concept and Art Direction of a design collection by young students of Tongji University

2004 – Venice Biennale – Graz – Shanghai -CISA Vicenza -   Microrealities

2010 – Venice Biennale – Rethinking Happiness

2011 – Towards Expo Milan 2015 – exhibition at Triennale, traveling exhibition and catalog on Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life 

2012 – Woodwork – Design collection with Bijoi Jain, Studio Mumbai

2015 - Looking ahead. The evolution of the art of making 9 stories from Veneto: Digital—not only digital - A research–exhibition for the Venice Pavilion, Venice Biennale

2018- Venice – Moscow Design Week – (In)complete

 

Contacts

aldocibic@cibicworkshop.com

www.cibicworkshop.com


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