is an architect and researcher.
Currently, he is PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Politecnico di Milano, and research consultant for * Urban Sensing, which he co-authored in 2012. With Giuditta Vendrame he is part of La Jetée, a collaborative design practice based in Milano (I) and Eindhoven (NL).
His work is a design-based investigation on the ways hybrid publics and situated practices can reconnect the physical dimension of the city with the affordances of a networked public sphere. While questioning the ways media and information technologies are reprogramming the geography and people’s experience of everyday life, he explores how design and citizens can shape the conjunctions therein, between systems, beyond efficiency.
In 2013 he was a research resident at the CIID Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (e.g. this, and this) in 2012 and 2013 he taught Design Methods and Creative Coding at NABA New Academy of Fine Arts; in 2011 Paolo was a visiting PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a researcher at MIT’s Senseable City Lab. He received a Master’s degree in Architecture and Society from the Politecnico di Milano, and a Double Degree from the Politecnico di Torino. He holds a Diploma from the Alta Scuola Politecnica, a school of excellence focused on the contexts and processes of innovation. He also studied at the TU Delft and attended workshops and master classes at the Berlage Institute, AHO - Oslo School of Architecture, Roskilde University, Fabrica.
With Senseable City Lab, he has exhibited projects at the MoMA in New York, Gwangju Design Biennale, MAXXI in Rome, MIT Museum. Personal projects have been presented at BIO 50, the 24th Design Biennale in Ljubljana, CCA in Montreal, at Hybrid Cities in Athens and at Punta della Dogana during the the XIII Venice Architecture Biennale. He has contributed articles on international journals and magazine, including MONU, Krisis, Visual Studies, and has presented his work at several conferences, including Cumulus, Human Cities, IEEE ICALT, Urban IxD. He has given workshops at NABA (e.g. this), Domus Academy, Trade School Milano, Artellewa art space in Cairo, DECODE in Monterrey, SALT Institute in Istanbul, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, XY Lab in Castrignano de’ Greci, where he co-curated Kastrignana, The Ethnographic Museum of Pasts and Futures.