What Do Architects Do When They Don’t Build Houses?

The ability to regain possession of the profession in a free way, favoring an open format to rethink by chasing curiosity and, why not, obsessions and thorns in the side. Among the architects of the young Italian generation who were most able to assert their critical originality, the independent research group Parasite 2.0 – aka Stefano Colombo, Eugenio Cosentino and Luca Marullo – stands out for the versatility with which, since 2010, it has been able to deal with heterogeneous and interdisciplinary projects, far from the classic tools of the architect’s trade such as the design of a building or an interior. We tell them through an overview of their projects.

Being an architect without building (or renovating) houses. The experience of an architecture that goes beyond the built is dear to Italian history, if we think, for example, of the radical season of the 60s and 70s. Today, this drive is renewed by entering into a relationship with the new scenarios that define a virtual, fast and evanescent society, and by changing the tasks and fields of action of the discipline and the profession. The many projects that Parasite 2.0, a sui generis think tank operating with offices in Milan and Brussels and activities on an international scale, has put together in the last ten years are an example to rethink a possible new “extended architecture”.

Is it an excess to think that your business contributes to rethinking the patterns of the discipline, we ask? “Rethinking discipline is a huge job”, they reply. “Let’s say that the continuous changing of the contemporary condition forces any professionalism to a continuous change. We certainly believe that training as an architect gives a lot of flexibility to move in different fields. The management of a project, therefore the answer to questions and needs through devices, can be applied to many things. Designing an architecture is not very different from designing a book, a graphic medium, an object or a recipe “.