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Tertulias de andar por casa with Neolith® – Italy – 03


The company Neolith®, which produces Sintered Stone, is organising this event in a series of roundtables in different countries. The aim of these roundtables is to learn from the immediate situation we each find ourselves in currently, and begin to analyse together how the future of social and public life might unfold.There are new pressures on the way we use our homes, and challenges to using the physical spaces outdoors. As we begin to reuse schools, shops and workplaces yet more physical and social challenges will emerge. We will debate the responses in architecture, interior design and urban development in the short and medium-term.

We will first introduce ourselves and discuss how well we are handling new living and working from home situations in our own practices, and what approach we will advocate to those we will be advising on using space, based on health, social, environmental and other aspects. What solutions are architects looking at? What are the property and real estate implications in a world that is rapidly being converted to virtual events and online activities?. We trust that, together, we can contribute some positive analytical thoughts in order to find answers for the future. As this has not yet been covered, we will also look at the retail future.

Spaces of work

During the shutdown we had to reinvent the job. Closed in our homes, we have learned to use video conferencing platforms for meetings; laptops, cell phones and e-mails have saved our productivity, despite the fact that this has often been done using personal resources. Only in some cases, where the company had already started implementing a smart infrastructure and organization of work, did we really work in smart working. Indeed, in most situations, we got by with home working.

And this experience has profoundly changed us, has generated new sensitivities, just as it has changed our concept of well-being at work, both from a physical, cognitive and emotional point of view. Some of us easily moved to work from home. Others fought because of inadequate space, furniture, tools or bandwidth. We will return, in some cases we are slowly returning, to changed workplaces, especially in the way we perceive them, and each with different expectations.

Now more than ever we realize that our workplaces are not at all responsive to new needs: for the most part they are made as open spaces or in any case they are largely very high density. The solutions to be adopted will have to do with the reorganization of the spaces, will impact on the choice of furnishings, materials, technologies, and great attention must be paid to the redesign of the ventilation systems. Work environments will have to be made safer, but also more resistant and adaptive to changes, anticipating the future.

An important challenge that is involving professionals and designers with a vision, which will allow us to return to competition, each for its own market.Will we all become smart workers? Should we rethink our organizations completely? Are there examples already made that we could inspire? To reflect on the future and possible solutions, we will take advantage of some professionals in this new appointment. We will reflect on the future of tertiary structures, their limits emerged during the pandemic and on possible models for the future. With Professor Leonardo Previ, professor of Human Resources Management at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, we will deepen the themes related to the new organization of work.

Daniela Dirceo

Daniela Dirceo, professional journalist, has been dealing with architecture, design and sustainability for years, themes that she now considers to be her favorite. She graduated in Genoa, his hometown, in Modern Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures, then moved to Milan to pursue the dream of becoming a journalist. She enters the School of Specialization in Social Communications of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, where he obtains her master's and internship. She became a professional journalist in 1993.

In the meantime she collaborated as a reporter with Il Giorno, Il Giornale, La Voce, Panorama Economy. She deals with new media and new technologies and their impact on society as head of service at Gruppo Editoriale Agepe. Then Editor in Chief at the 24 Ore Group, responsible for the Content Factory editorial staff. She also oversaw the creation of necklaces of books published by the 24 Ore Group such as: The Guides of the Gastronaut by Davide Paolini; the Plus 24 Books in collaboration with the editorial staff of Plus 24, The lawyer in your pocket; The books of The Expert answers, Master 24, Sales Academy. Also for the 24 Ore Group, since 2009 she has also been involved in the realization of the magazine How to renovate the House, as editor-in-chief, to then become its director in 2014.

She was Lecturer Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan, Faculty of Industrial Design, course degree in sociology of cultural and communication processes, teaching Media Culture.
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Keith Pillow

Keith Pillow is the Managing & Creative Director of all DAAA HAUS studios, in Malta, Sicily and Milan.  He manages the international day to day business, client relations, and HR managing an international team of over 30 young professionals.

A born creative, with a true passion for design and architecture. Keith also manages the creative direction pushing the team to new boundaries through innovative design, by mixing new technology practices in a multi-disciplinary environment.  Keith with his separate department managers lead a a team of professionals with the design, planning and execution of a number of interior design, product development of projects locally and overseas, mainly commercials like; boutique hotels, hotels, offices, restaurants and café as well as a selective number of high end residential.

In 2009  Founded DAAA HAUS LTD, Malta, and eventually managed the delivery of over 100 small, medium to large scale interior design projects. In 2015 Co-founded DAAA Italia SRLS, Ragusa and in 2016 Co-founded DAAA ARKITECTZ LTD, Malta. In 2017 Co-founded DAAA MILANO SRL, Milan, around 2010 and 2017 Concept, Promoted to find investor, Designed and project managed the restoration, regeneration of Macina into what today is IBB CUGO GRAN MACINA GRAND HARBOUR. Around 2015 and 2019 sponsored and designed and project managed the restoration of seven new state rooms at San Anton Palace. Around 2016 and 2019 design, promoted and project managed the refurbishment of new Serenity Garden at the Oncology Hospital for Emeritus President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.
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Monica Sobacchi

Born in 1979, she studied architecture in Milan and Delft (NL). After dedicating herself for a few years to the design of housing and landscapes, collaborating with the Milanese studios Muzio and DAP, in 2006 she joined the Corporate Real Estate & Facility Management team of a multinational insurance company.

In this context, she started working on the theme of the "workspace" and subsequently expanded her know-how on the real estate sector by attending the REM Master of the Polytechnic of Milan in 2012. Speaker at various conferences on the theme of the organization of Facility Management intended as an evolved and dynamic service, serving both the company and the person, today he lives in Brescia with his three children but continues to work - full time and in a smart way - in the same company that is based in Milan.

In the last 4 years he has personally managed the transformation processes of traditional open spaces into smart offices; currently she is focused on reflection on what will be the function and configuration of the post-covid office.

Leonardo Previ

In 1996 he founded Trivioquadrivio, the collective ingenuity laboratory that has helped thousands of managers, in Italy, Europe, Asia, to attend the most unusual and fertile aspects of innovation and change. In 2003 he brought Lego Serious Play to Italy, teaching Italian managers to think with their hands (as he said in the book Lego Story, Egea, 2012), while in 2014 he brought India Mapps, the proprietary organizational learning methodology developed by Trivioquadrivio.

Returning from India, together with Gianni Lo Storto, he curates the Italian edition of the two volumes that imposed frugal innovation on the attention of Italian companies (Jugaad Innovation and Frugal Innovation, Rubbettino).

He has published six books (including the illustrated managerial incompetence manual, LSWR, 2015), and in 2017 he coined the term zainocracy to describe professional nomadism as a remedy for the growing bureaucratization of organizational practices (Zainocrazia, LSWR, 2018) . He regularly intervenes as a keynote speaker at companies and institutions, has taught Human Resource Management at the Catholic University of Milan for fourteen years and is now Sustainability Manager of Starching, Research Affiliate of HI! ACADEMY and President of Trivioquadrivio.

Claudio Sangiorgi

Claudio Sangiorgi, Professional Architect and Contract Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan Architect, he was born in Bologna (1965) and studied in Milan, at the Polytechnic, where he graduated in Architecture.

PhD in Construction and Territorial Engineering, he is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRics) and of the College of Engineers and Architects of Milan (of which he is a Council Member).

Contract professor of the Milan Polytechnic of the Technological Area, with continuity of assignments since the 90s, he is a publicist registered in the Order of Journalists of Lombardy and has carried out teaching and research activities at the IUAV of Venice, the Faculty of Engineering of Bologna and the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic, Piacenza campus.

He designed, coordinated and directed public works for numerous administrations, including those of Brescia and Milan, and private ones, expecially concerning  office planning and on-site and safety management for several companies’ buildings and headquarters.
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