I am an architect and designer who activates and coordinates collaborative processes in the cultural and the artistic field.
I focus on the diverse languages employed and combined in planning activities, privileging gatherings and design to shape spatial, visual and textual narratives in the formation of common grounds.
Partaking and co-founding in collectives is for me a form of political engagement.
I am an architect and designer who activates and coordinates collaborative processes in the cultural and the artistic field.
Diego Segatto activates and coordinates collaborative creative processes, from the concept to the realization of visual environments, spaces and multi-disciplinary praxes.
As a result of the collaboration with artway of thinking (Venice), which began in 2001, he adopts hybrid methods, initiating and engaging with contexts aimed at human and environmental development.
In 2009 he co-founds OpenQuadra design studio.
The same year he begins a collaboration with DAAR – Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (Bethlehem, Palestine), focusing on the visual and editorial expressions of the research, which resulted in exhibitions at the Biennales of Istanbul (2009), Beirut, Rotterdam and Sharjiah (2010), at the International Edinburgh Festival (2011), and in the publication of Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg Press, 2013).
In 2010 he co-founds Re:Habitat – an organism for urban regeneration (Bologna).
Between 2012 and 2013 he takes part in the educational programme Campus in Camps (Dheisheh’s refugee camp, Palestine) as coordinator and designer and he is still an active member.
During his stay there he also collaborates, as a visual designer, with the UNRWA Camp Improvement Programme.
In 2013 he takes part in the founding of the artistic project Ateliersi (Bologna), through which he enhances his experience of the relationship between art and multidisciplinarity.
In 2017 he starts collaborating as designer and art director with SGCommunity, a brand communication and digital agency located nearby Treviso. In the same year he co-founds Al Maeishah, a mobile dialogical and learning environment.
Also in 2017, Diego has been selected for a 10 months fellowship at BAK – basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht, NL).
He is co-author and editorial designer for the following publications: Decolonizing Minds (Società Italiana di Scienze Psicosociali per la Pace, 2011), Journal 2007-2011 (Nosadella.due, 2012), #1 Under Construction (FARE/Giusy Checola, 2013) and A-Journal #0 (Archiviazioni, 2013).
His articles were published in the online magazines Doppiozero, Il Lavoro Culturale and Smart Innovation.
Fellowship at BAK’s research itinerary Propositions for Non-Fascist Living, 2017-2018
BAK – basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands
Postgraduate-degree in Participative Planning and Urbanism, 2003
IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia), Venice, Italy
Master of Architecture (M.Arch), 2002. IUAV, Venice, Italy
Initiated, commissioned or participated co-creations
Al Maeishah (itinerant process, 2017 – ongoing)
With Isshaq Al-Barbary and Elena Isayev
Mìnera school of yoga (online project, 2016 – ongoing)
Visual and conceptual research, web design for the yoga online school by Francesca Proia, artist
B! The biological kitchen at DLF (Bologna, Italy, 2016)
Refurbishment, visual identity and communication for a biological kitchen.
Commissioned & sponsored by GoGreen Store Srl; in collaboration with Arca di Noè Social Cooperative
Ateliersi theatre and art production company (Bologna, Italy, 2013 – ongoing)
Co-creation, visual communication and spaces re-invigoration.
Supported by: Ministry or Culture; Region of Emilia-Romagna; Bologna City Council; Dal Monte Foundation
UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees), (Palestine, 2013)
Envisioning-designing maps and games for Refugee Camp improvement programme
Campus in Camps educational programme (Palestine, 2012 – ongoing)
Systemic design, coordination and co-planning.
Funders: GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbei); Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Re:Habitat association for urban regeneration (Bologna, Italy, 2010 – ongoing)
Co-foundation, coordination, communication and project activation.
Supported by: Bologna City Council; Consorzio di gestione del Mercato delle Erbe.
DAAR – Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (Palestine, 2009 – ongoing)
Visual art, co-planning and book design.
Supported by: Price Claus Prize for Architecture; Foundation for Art Initiatives; Delphina Foundation
OpenQuadra design studio (Bologna, Italy, 2009 – ongoing)
Co-foundation and art direction of the physical and digital studio
artway of thinking art collective (Venice, Italy, 2000 – ongoing)
Community-based public art, co-creation and visual design.
Supported by a conglomerate of numerous public and private organisations
Editorial and research units
Inhabiting (Lesvos, Greece, 20th February – 4th March 2018). Coordination of a work-group, production of a Collective Dictionary and an exhibition at Thresholds, convened by Office of Displaced Designers and Al Maeishah
Xenia (Exeter, UK, 16th – 28th February 2017)
Coordination of a work-group and production of a Collective Dictionary at Ancient Journeys and Migrants, convened by Professor Elena Isayev (University of Exeter), on behalf of Campus in Camps
Political (Utrecht and Amsterdam, Netherlands, 5th – 9th April 2016)
Coordination of a work-group and production of a Collective Dictionary at Here We Are Academy / Learning from the Forum, convened by BAK basis voor actuele kunst, with We Are Here Association, on behalf of Campus in Camps
Forum PA – 25th edition (Rome, Italy, 27-29 May 2014)
Interviewer and social media manager
Corniolo Art Platform (Corniolo, Italy, 31th July – 2nd August 2012)
Live visual thinking at Diaphasis, by Archiviazioni association
Nosadella.due art residency (Bologna, Italy, 27th January 2012)
Live visual thinking at Journal 2007-2011: a book and other ways of story-telling
Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy, 20th – 24th May 2010)
Coordination of the editorial unit at Methods – Process of Change programme
Art&Gallery (Milan, Italy, 2002)
Coordination of the editorial unit at Relation:ships, mapping territories for artway of thinking
Key Note presentations
University of Exeter (Exeter, UK, 14th July 2016)
A park in play. Common, public and private quests between ownership and belonging. Workshop Locating Memory in the Materiality of Heritage
Zurich University of the Arts (Zurich, Switzerland, 14th – 16th November 2013)
The communal learning experience of Campus in Camps seeking for a new role of University in the social order. Symposium The Diagrammatic Practice of the Micropolitical – the Spatio-temporal Expression of Play between Power, Knowledge and the Aesthetics of Existence
Fabbrica La Ginestra (Montevarchi, Italy, 26th November 2011)
100% Mercato Cantiere InErbe urban regeneration project at Creative Net cross meeting
Documenta 11 (Kassel, Germany, 17th July 2002)
The welcome of seafarers at the Venice harbor at the public chat Cityscape / Imaginary territories with RAQS Media Collective
Invited talks – a selection
BAK basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht, Netherlands, 30th June 2018)
Toward a Voluntary Exile: Unconditional Hospitality and Islands
with Isshaq Al Barbary and Pelin Tan
BAK basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht, Netherlands, 7th October 2017)
Autonomous Infrastructure and stories of hospitality
with Isshaq Al Barbary and Pelin Tan
Arts Academy of Bologna (Bologna, Italy, 9th April 2014)
Campus in Camps programme in From representation to action. Meetings on public art
Chiostra d’Onofrio (Corato, Italy, 16th September 2013)
Campus in Camps programme at the roundtable RI-CREA il Territorio (Re-create the territory)
Teatro Studio Krypton (Scandicci, Italy, 23rd May 2012)
Campus in Camps programme at the workshop Piano con Paesaggio: un punto di vista speciale (Plan with a Landscape: a special point of view)
Nosadella.due art residency (Bologna, Italy, 16th April 2011)
The experience at Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency for THE WALL Project
Al-Feneiq cultural centre (Deheisheh Refugee Camp, Palestine, 22nd January 2010)
CAMP at the symposium Architecture, Pedagogy & Politics of Spatial Knowledge on behalf of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
Candiani Cultural Centre (Mestre, Italy, 13th October 2009)
The welcome of seafarers landing in Venice at the seminar Harbour and City: relations and opportunities of
dialogue in continuos transformation on behalf of artway of thinking
Radio Città del Capo with Aelia Media project (Bologna, 17th October 2011)
Regenerating the City Market
Radio Papesse with Pietro Gaglianò (Florence, Italy, 24th May 2012)
The experience at Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
Exhibited works – a selection
La Caffetteria del Sì (Bologna, Italy, 2015), Angelo Mai Occupato (Rome, Italy, 2015)
Compatibile, installation for URBAN SPRAY LEXICON PROJECT by Ateliersi
Bologna Urban Center (Bologna, Italy, 2011)
100% Mercato Cantiere in Erbe, project exhibition and public relations for Re:Habitat
Sharjiah Art Biennal (Sharjiah, U.A.E., 2011), Beirut Art Fair (Beirut, Lebanon, 2010), Rotterdam Biennale (Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2010), REDCAT (Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2010)
The books of DAAR for Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
University of Exeter Commission by AHRC funded De-Placing Future Memory (Exeter, UK 2010)
The book of Returns for Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
MUFF – Museum of Frontiers Commission by Forte di Bard (Aosta, Italy 2010)
Signposts from the contested landscape photographic journal
Istanbul Biennal of Art (Istanbul, Turkey, 2009)
How to re-inhabit the house of your enemy for Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
Candiani Cultural Centre (Mestre, Italy, 2001)
MS3 – 100 days of relation with the city with artway of thinking
Published research through art and text – a selection
Quantum Notes on Classic Places
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 54 (ISSN 2076-0787); doi:10.3390/h6030054
Special Issue Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present
Complex and incomplete. Fertile nevertheless, with Re:Habitat for i Quaderni #08 | URBANISTICA tre
Roma Tre Università degli studi, ISSN:1973-9702, http://bit.ly/1qKnZVO
Cover art for Architecture after revolution, S. Hilal, A. Petti, E. Weizman
Sternberg Press, ISBN 978-3-943365-79-5, http://www.sternberg-press.com/?pageId=1480
The transports of goods is a common good as long as in network | If living becomes a collaborative process | In Toronto every movement starts and ends by walking. Smart Innovation online platform. http://www.smartinnovation.forumpa.it/search/node/diego%20segatto
Reactivating the common: the initiatives of Campus in Camps | New routes of the University in the social function, Lavoro Culturale http://www.lavoroculturale.org/tag/diego-segatto/
Campus in Camps project dispatches, DOPPIOZERO (February – November 2012)
Book design and written intervention about Campus in Camps, A-Journal issue #0
Archiviazioni / ISBN: 978-88-909398-0-8 (online version)
Visual travel report from Signposts from a Contested Landscape, Arena of speculation
Book design, methodology analysis and diagrams in Nosadella.due | Journal 2007-2011,
Nosadella.due, ISBN: 978-88-906348-0-2 (download pdf)
Magazine design, editorial coordination and written journal in Decolonizing Minds, SISPA n.11
A dialogical and learning environment to understand the challenges in making the common. More →
Contribution: visual research, visual identity, graphic and web design
An online yoga school based on the idea of yoga as a praxis of personal, intimate exploration akin to excavating a mountain in the search for minerals as mental forms. More →
Contribution: visual research, graphic design
The visual translation of the theoretical drive that steers theatre, art, and public activities, through the years at Atelier Si in Bologna. More →
Contribution: project envisioning, networking with artisans, cultural operators and the neighbourhood, visual identity, workshop coordination
A project activated with a mixed group of commercial and social actors, willing to regenerate a park – reconcile work and leisure time – beginning with shared offices and an organic kitchen. More →
Contribution: foundation, brand identity, research on housing models, primary urban compositions, infographics and exhibit design
A startup founded with the aim of designing, developing and introducing into the market an innovative building system. More →
Contribution: roundtable and editorial coordination, live visual thinking, visual composition
A workshop and a publication about the complex relations between refugees and citizens, addressing the question of representation of the refugee struggle within art and political realms. More →
Contribution: editorial coordination, editorial design
A publication developed during the residency at DAAR. It presented a site-specific and ad hoc design for the girls’ school in Shufat refugee camp. More →
Contribution: foundation, visual identity, web design, spaces reinvigoration
A theatre company that conceives and produces theatre plays, performances and workshops. It co-produces exhibitions, performances and hosts art residences as well as public meetings at Sì. More →
A visual tribute to Gezi People by re-publishing a selection of the evocative images collected during the revolts. More →
Contribution: editorial and research coordination, project proposals
A Campus in Camps initiative displaying the Al-Feniq Cultural Center development that emerged from the desire to create a common place for the camp community. More →
Contribution: coordination, visual design
A series of maps and a game/exhibit meant to display the work of UNRWA, an agency committed to deliver spatial and infrastructural developments in the refugee camps. More →
Contribution: artist in residence, editorial coordination, editorial design, activation, writing
The reference and conceptual framework for all Campus in Camps projects and interventions in the form of a series of publications containing definitions of concepts. More →
Contribution: live visual thinking, editorial design
A publication developed for Archiviazioni, a platform for artistic and multi-disciplinary research and production that works mainly in South Italy, as an outcome of a mobile editorial unit at Corniolo Art Platform. More →
Contribution: coordination, radical pedagogy, diagrams, visual thinking
An ensemble of sharing, debating, planning, walking and doing together. The development of an environment that sought collaboration as a way to advocate for reciprocal responsibilities. More →
Contribution: visual identity, web and furniture design
An experimental educational programme aiming to elaborate with the participants a narrative/representation of what Palestinian refugee camps and their inhabitants are today. More →
Contribution: foundation, coordination, communication
A project house co-inhabited by diverse professionals active in the field of architecture, engineering, design, photography, visual art and communication. A space open to the city hosting workshops, exhibits and musical events. More →
Contribution: coordination, co-creation, interviews, explorations
An explorative game, playing with interviews and movements in the city, aiming to build an anti-map. Through walks, relations and instant inventiveness it traces new temporary cognitive paths. More →
Contribution: coordination, diagrams, graphic and exhibit design
An exhibition in the Urban Center of Bologna of the outcomes, methodology and visions that sprang from the project 100% Mercato delle Erbe. More →
Contribution: coordination, graphic design, urban intervention
An experimental project that for three days transformed Bologna’s city market (Mercato delle Erbe) into a place open to art, collective food, investigations and relations. More →
Contribution: foundation, coordination
The genesis of an association aiming for urban regeneration and multidisciplinary approaches. 6 people exploring the river’s history of Bologna and its harbour, in search of a dialogue with the city. More →
Contribution: visual research, book design, live scribing
A publication developed for Nosadella.due exploring and visualising the methodology developed by the art residency and a public presentation with live visual thinking. More →
Contribution: blogging, editorial coordination, editorial design
A publication developed for the Italian Society of Pscycho-Social Sciences for Peace. Its aim is to present Decolonizing Architecture’s proceedings to Italian researchers, with interests in fieldwork research. More →
A photographic exploration of visible and invisible signs that captured the banality of landscapes where an excruciating oppression is nested. A permanent exhibition and a publication in an online magazine. More →
Contribution: artist in residence, visual research, graphic design
The iconography for DAAR’s identity and research, later used for the cover of the book Architecture after Revolution, published by Sternberg Press. And more… More →
Contribution: book design, exhibit design
Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency exhibit at the 11th Istanbul Art Biennale. A display of the five points of DAAR’s research in a large heavy format, appearing like holy books. More →
Contribution: foundation, design, art direction
A physical and online project house established to deliver bespoke and integrated planning, spanning from graphic to architectural design. More →
Contribution: digital art
A visionary travel through photography and digital art. A journey from roots to outer space. More →
Contribution: co-creation, web design, onboard editorial unit
A journey over 12 days by caravan through Italy to raise awareness of the condition of asylum seekers and refugees in the Country, and to achieve a better and more effective integration of the asylum seekers in society and labor market. More →
Contribution: coordination, webdesign, media management, p.r.
A temporary agency to retrieve information about seafarers in all the ports of Italy. A primary research on Port Authorities, Maritime Agencies and local Seamen’s clubs – online and in an art gallery – through an installation. More →
Contribution: tutoring, coordination, graphic design
An exposition inside a container about the reality of the seafarers, collecting observations and mixed media from a group of students to disseminate the message to the inhabitants. More →
Contribution: research, project proposals, editorial design
My thesis in Architecture and the basis for designing and realising the Seamen’s club at the Venice harbour. From an in-depth analysis about the world of seafarers to a series of both ephemeral and permanent interventions, conceived to welcome and recognise the seafarers who land every year. More →
Contribution: naming, co-creation, web design, urban interventions
A project run through a series of community-based public art interventions aiming to give the city of Mestre a positive projection – a displacing imaginary for the future, a web of new relations able to endorse a change. More →
Contribution: Contribution: naming, logo design, web design, coordination, writing
An editorial unit run by students of architecture based on a website, aiming to build an alternative place of debate around architectural and spacial issues. A cultural association engaging with community-based practices and visual communication. More →