On March 9, within the walls of Satbayev University, at the initiative of the Italian Embassy in Kazakhstan, the "Italian Design Day" was held. The event included a lecture by the Italian architect and designer Andrea Caputo on the topic “Global design today: process or product”. On the example of the objects he works on in Milan, Andrea shared his design and research experience, approaches to implementing the principles of sustainable architecture, and also appealed to students and young architects to be more creative and daring in their endeavors.
Andrea Caputo spoke about three of his projects: the renovation of Piazzale Loreto in Milan, the Dropcity Center for Architecture and Design project for young architects and designers, and the U-Joints research project to explore the different connections in architecture and design.
The presentation by Riccardo Marini on the topic "Places, mobility and the good life: How to make people healthy, rich and happy" was devoted to the actual problems of the formation of the urban environment, its role in people's lives and the role of people in changing it. Like Andrea Caputo, Riccardo spoke of the need to take an active part in finding problems and suggesting solutions to make the city pleasant and liveable.
The special status of the event was emphasized by the participation of such guests as the Italian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Marco Alberti, and the Director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan, Dr. Martino Castelani. Greetings from Satbayev University were delivered by the Director of the Institute of Architecture and Construction named after T.K. Basenova Bolat Kuspangaliyev and Vice-Rector for Science and International Cooperation Alibek Shokparov. The lecture was attended by students and teachers of the Department of Architecture of Satbayev University, architects, designers and entrepreneurs of the city of Almaty.
Founded in 2011, Andrea Caputo Architectural Bureau is made up of several design and consulting groups in urban planning, architecture and interiors. Architects, designers and researchers work together on projects, their competencies complement each other in a collaborative process that expands the studio's know-how. At present, the bureau's portfolio includes a wide range of projects of various sizes in Europe and Asia.
Riccardo Martini is the Director of Territory Development at Urban living, ( a consulting company for the development of places in Kazakhstan. One of the landmark works of the studio in Almaty is the reconstruction project of Panfilov Street. Riccardo is an experienced urban developer who worked for the well-known Gehl Architects in Copenhagen, with whom he still works today. In his book, he aims to show that the real value of a place is much deeper than just the monetary value, and that profit is possible only when the city provides people with space that can make them happy.