HEAD in Milan

Milano Design Week 2024

Show/Performance and Book launch at the Milan Design Week

HEAD – Genève, Geneva University of Art and Design, invites you to explore two exciting events in Milan at Alcova and the House of Switzerland
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2084 : A Diorama of the Future (in Alcova)

Based on a fable telling the story of a few climate refugees in the year 2084, and faced with the future ecological dilemma of our world, the students of the MAIA - Master of Arts in Interior Architecture at HEAD - Geneva spent almost a year designing, imagining, making and staging an encampment representing a not-so-distant future.

During Milan Design Week in 2024, the performance-installation 2084, Diorama of the future will not only present the concrete results of this creative process. It will also aim to offer visitors an immersive and participatory experience. By transforming part of the historic annexes of the Villa Bagatti Valsecchi - revitalised by the Alcova team - into a dynamic and performative space, the students will invite the public to plunge into their vision of the future in an accelerated circadian movement and to interact with the various elements of the camp.

It is in this great vivarium/show, human/non-human, where the students will take on the role of inhabitants of a changing world, confronted with the challenges and dilemmas of the post-Anthropocene era. This live staging will give visitors a vivid insight into the issues we face, while sparking thought and discussion about possible solutions and the place of technology.

With the participation of the Master students : Ségolène Davister, Andreas Laskaris, Natalia Krymskaya, Alexandra Miskufova, Valentina Pantalena, Marie Schild et Marie Torrione.
Projet led by Youri Kravtchenko.

We are proud to annonce a new partnership  with RTS, in this project for the scenography.

A Diorama of the Future
Monday April 15th until Sunday April 21st
From 11am to 7pm

Press preview by Alcova
Sunday April 14th, from 9am to 1pm, invitation only

Vernissage HEAD
Tuesday April 16th from 5pm to 7pm

Villa Bagatti Valsecchi
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 48,
20814 Varedo MB, Italy

Book Launch and conference: A Nocturnal History of Architecture by Javier Fernández Contreras, Head of the Interior Architecture Department (HEAD – Genève)

Following the success of various international conferences, this book is a chronological first attempt at A Nocturnal History of Architecture, taking readers on an epic journey through more than 2000 years of entanglements between night and spatial design across different continents and geographies. Expanding our understanding of what architecture at night was like through a range of historical periods and what it could become, the book hopes to show how the night is a laboratory for the development of new ways to consider space and, ultimately, our concept of living. From the elusive darkness of Greek temples to the constantly illuminated American suburbia, and the presence of the moon in classic Japanese aesthetics to the architecture of Italian nightclubs, what emerges is how the identity of humans across ages and cultures are all inseparable from the night.

A Nocturnal History of Architecture is part of the research project Scenes de nuit at HEAD – Genève.

Edited by: Javier Fernández Contreras, Vera Sacchetti, and Roberto Zancan
Contributions by: Sébastien Grosset, Efrosyni Boutsikas, Maria Shevelkina, Murielle Hladik, Maarten Delbeke, Amy Chazkel, Lucía Jalón Oyarzun, Carlotta Darò, Yan Rocher, Alexandra Sumorok, Chase Galis, Cat Rossi, Léa-Catherine Szacka, Hilary Orange, Nick Dunn, and Youri Kravtchenko
Spector Books

Book launch and conference
Wednesday, April 17th at 18:30 

Media day
Monday April 15th, from 11am to 5pm 

c/o Casa degli Artisti
Via Tommaso da Cazzaniga
Angolo Corso Garibaldi 89/A
Milano (M2 Moscova) 

HEAD trains the best upcoming designers and artists
Regularly listed among the best art and design schools in Europe, HEAD – Geneva is located on a historic campus of four buildings classified as architectural heritage of the 20th century.
Welcoming nearly 800 students from 40 different nationalities, HEAD offers professional training (Bachelor and Master) in interior architecture, space design, fashion design, jewelry and accessories including a watchmaking chair, visual arts, illustration, comics , cinema, visual communication, media design, and develops innovative projects within its art and design research institute.
Over the years, HEAD – Geneva has deepened partnerships and collaborations with universities around the world, Foundations and large leading houses in various sectors.

MAIA – Master of Arts in Interior Architecture
Interior Ecologies

The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA) is a full-time, two-year graduate program that delves into interior architecture at the intersection of space, ecology, and media. Space design is viewed as multidimensional, articulating the diversity of interiors, environments, and multispecies that configure reality along various paths and scales, from material to virtual, and from local to global.

MAIA addresses both the responses to contemporary environmental and societal challenges (circular economy, carbon footprint) and the implications of new ecological paradigms (post-human, more-than-human) for interior architecture as a discipline in all its professional dimensions—space design, product design, new media, research, and curatorial and editorial practices. The professional dimension of the program includes full-scale project realizations and multidisciplinary training that explore new interior ecologies.

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