Fosbury Architecture is a spatial agency interpreting architecture as a tool that mediates between collective and individual needs, expectations and resources, sustainability and pragmatism, environment and human beings.
Founded in 2013, the collective took its name from Dick Fosbury, the American athlete winner of the gold medal at Mexico 1968 Summer Olympics, by jumping back-first for the first time. As he invented a different way to do a thing that was conventional, the Italian collective constantly seeks new ways to overcome the limits imposed by the bar of convention.
“We met in school. We decided to work as a collective starting to discuss as a team about common themes. At the same time, we developed other projects, as researcher, PhD candidates and worked for other offices. We developed solid common projects of research and had other experiences in Italy and abroad”.
Fosbury Architecture are a research group aiming at expanding the boundaries of the discipline, redefining its role, and rethinking its production processes in the perspective of current challenges. Fosbury Architecture is an architectural office delving into urban strategies, reuse of existing buildings, temporary installations, exhibition design, publishing projects, curatorial activities, and educational programs.
“The collective is a platform to develop common projects that could accommodates our different interests”.
They took part to different competitions: they won the Europan 13 Competition in Leeuwarden (Netherlands, 2015) with the project “Te Huur”.
In 2022 Fosbury Architecture has been appointed curators of the Italian Pavilion “SPAZIALE: Everyone belongs to everyone else” at the 18th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Lesley Lokko.
In the framework of Biennale – titled “The Laboratory of the Future” that will be held from 20th May to 26th November 2023 – the collective is currently working on the project “SPAZIALE Presenta” involving 9 designers under 40 with 9 advisors from different creative industries to create transdisciplinary projects.
Fosbury Architecture has been curator of the monographic exhibition Characters at Magazin Gallery in Vienna (2022), the Urban Center in Prato at Centro Pecci (2021/2022), and Milan 2030 at the Milan Triennale (2019).
It took part in numerous Architecture Biennales, in Lisbon (2019), Versailles (2019), Chicago (2017), and Venice (2016). Their works has been exhibited in the group shows: Take Your Seat, promoted by the ADI Design Museum in Milan, The State of the Art of Architecture at the Milan Triennale, Re-Constructivist Architecture at the RIBA Gallery in London, Adhocracy at the Onassis Center in Athens, and Mean Home at the British School in Rome.
It also worked on numerous exhibition layouts, including Verde Prato (2019) at Centro Pecci, awarded with a mention for the TYoung Prize 2021 and curated with Alterazioni Video the publication Incompiuto, La Nascita di uno Stile (2018) supported by MIBACT and awarded honorable mention for the Compasso d’Oro 2020.
In 2018 Fosbury Architecture curated the restoration of the historical Labyrinth of Villa Arconati, located in the Groane Park, in the hamlet of Castellazzo di Bollate (Milan). The same year they designed Rocco, a reading room for the workshop “An Archive of Resistance” held during the Milano Arch Week 2018 in the garden of Milan Triennale.
In 2022 Fosbury Architecture was curator of their first monographic exhibition Characters at Magazin Gallery in Vienna: a synthesis of their research about domesticity. The installation was conceived as an interior in 1:1, composed of a series of volumes that interpret the most conventional domestic habits (sleeping, gathering, relaxing). The space is devised as a mono-material interior clad in carpet, assumed as the epitome of comfort and domesticity.
Labirinto, Villa Arconati, Bollate, 2018 ©Achille Mauri
Rocco, Milano, 2018 ©Gianluca di Ioia
Characters, Vienna, 2022 ©Simon Veres
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