Ma0 in Conversation with AOC

9 February 2010, 7pm

Chaired by Nigel Coates, RCA

Launching the series, Alberto Iacovoni of Ma0 will showcase his Italian practice’s work alongside Tom Coward and Daisy Froud from London’s AOC. They will discuss their respective professional outputs and contributions to the London_Rome exhibitions at the British School at Rome last year, in a conversation chaired by Nigel Coates, Professor and Head of theArchitecture and Design School, Royal College of Art.

Ma0’s practice defies disciplinary boundaries and embraces a fluidity between the actual and the digital. Formed in 1996 Ma0’s activities have included both architecture and urban planning: in the design of a new library for the Lombardi school in Bari, a square with underground parking in Macomer, and a new celebrated public space for Bari , complete with rotating benches and an urban garden. This physical practice has been informed by continuous research and devotion to how to transform built space into playgrounds - open to their user’s needs and desires - which frequently manifests itself in Ma0's varied responses to design competitions and exhibitions, including the Shanghai and Venice Biennales. Iacovoni’s personal projects and ongoing reseach include the books Game Zone and Playscape , and the urban art workshop Stalker.

AOC is a practice of architects, urbanists and interpreters, established in 2003. Interested by the ways in which forces and factors besides architects shape places, AOC are committed to delivering projects that fully engage with and respond to the context - social, environmental and political - in which they are set. They approach projects through rigorous dialogue and research, enjoying and exploring the participation of others at every stage. AOC's Chatley Lodge was recently shortlisted as one of the AJ's Small Projects 2010.

Image: Ma0, Borderlines, at the British School at Rome

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