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Design principles for building on boundaries

With Raul Pantaleo (Studio TAMassociati) 
On the occasion of the London Festival of Architecture

The talk will examine the reasons, contexts and processes behind the completion of architectural projects in areas of civilisation, military and geographical boundaries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Senegal, Uganda.
TAMassociati will present their experience in working in such countries for Western NGOs, from coping with the geographical and socio-political conditions to the design choices, the difficulty of embarking on construction with the maximum possible use of local resources and having to take decisions that will impact on the future of lands already proven by war and strife.
The talk will thus take the shape of a “humanistic manual” that systematically organises indications and design principles for building on boundaries, seeking to define the common guidelines behind all these and future projects.


TAMassociati was born in Venice as an architectural research group in the late 1980s. TAM has extensively worked in Africa and the Middle East for NGOs, cultural institutes and foundations, as well as local clients, building health care and cultural centres. TAM has won widespread recognition and prizes, such as the LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2017, the Curatorial Team Italian Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2016, the Italian Architects of the Year 2014, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013.


  • Organizzato da: ICI London
  • In collaborazione con: London Festival of Architecture