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Aldo Cibic


Aldo Cibic, founder of Cibicworkshop, was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1955. In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis. His projects, such as « Microrealities » (2004) and « Rethinking Happiness » (2010), have been presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

With Cibicworkshop, a multidisciplinary research center, he began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awareness’s of public space.

Aldo Cibic is professor of practice at the Tongji University, Shanghai.
 In 2019, Aldo was selected as High-End Foreign Expert by SAFEA, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China. Aldo Cibic was included in the “100+ best architecture firms 2019” distinguished for cultural innovation by the worldwide known architecture magazine Domus.


What is an Alternative Thinker for you?

An Alternative Thinker is somebody who uses projects to translate their observations about culture, politics, or the environment into tangible propositions.

What are you bringing forward in your work?

The main focus is how design could affect and improve the current dynamics of places and communities.

Why did you highlight this/these specific project(s) below?

Because they represent alternative ways to conceive the dynamics of life in various communities.

What would you like to see change in the current economy?

I’d like to see more strategies and actions oriented to reduce the social inequalities and the risks related to environmental threats.

Tell us what your vision of the new world – post COVID-19 – is like?

The hope is that a new consciousness, a recognition that we are all in the same boat, can generate a new awareness of topics like public education, public health system, and education systems that allows for a multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas to discuss together.

What are the questions you have been thinking of for years and never had the time to answer?

It is not so much a problem of time, as much as the need to be able to realise the ideal projects that I envisioned over the past few years which are now a reality.

Who would you like to collaborate with in terms of brands / institutions / property developers / other Alternative Thinkers?

With people who are curious, happy to learn from others, and who dream to realize something special together (Anyway economists, anthropologists, scientists, artists, philosophers, open-minded institutions and property developers, and others that we’ll find on our path…).

Microrealities, 2004

Microrealities was presented at the 9th Edition of the International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale and explored a series of small utopias with surreal narratives. The project focused on the relationships people create with their environments.

Microrealities, 2004

Microrealities, Aldo Cibic

Microrealities, 2004

Rethinking Happiness, 2010

Rethinking Happiness, 2010

In 2010 Aldo Cibic and his team were invited by the curator Kazuyo Sejima to the 12th Biennale of Architecture. Here the idea of ‘Rethinking Happiness’ was presented. It featured four stories of new places recounted through large hyperreal models, photos and drawings.