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June 10, 2021

Advancing on the Italian Design Days in Georgia

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design is pleased to announce that it will take part in the event Advancing on the Italian Design Days in Georgia, organized by the Embassy of Italy in Tbilisi and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) Desk

Within the framework of the event, IED Art Director Giovanni Ottonello is holding a virtual lecture on June 22nd, 2021 at 12.30 CET (2.30 pm Tbilisi time zone GMT+4):   

The ideal future

After the year 2020 has brought into question everything, what is waiting for us tomorrow? What will the new world be like? There is no clear answer! 

Only two ways are possible: either forget the past and go back to consuming, polluting and living as if nothing has happened, or realize that a pandemic has deeply changed our relationships, including our relations with objects and space. 

The global isolation of the last months has certainly brought several changes at different levels. The most important one has involved ourselves, our daily life and our free time. Today, the role of the city has to take into account all these variables and head towards new plans and thoughts. 

Since the Italian Renaissance, the ideal city has been an important and human-centred form of expression, where aesthetics and ethics used to co-exist in great harmony. 

The lecture aims to retrace the past we come from, so as to understand who else before us has imagined the future; also, it will shed a light on the possible scenarios where the architecture could finally recover its primary social function.  

The lecture will be delivered online in English language, therefore everyone from all over the world is invited to join.  However, those who are in Tbilisi are welcome to visit the offline location of the event, where the lecture will be streamed:

Rooms Hotel
Garden Hall
14 Merab Kostava Street

In either case, since places are limited, it is necessary to register by filling in the form hereunder. You will receive further instructions as well as the link to connect to the event:  

Moreover, IED is glad to invite all the Georgian students and young professionals to take part in the Photo Contest “L’italianità in Georgia” (“The Italian spirit in Georgia”), launched in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Tbilisi on occasion of the Italian Design Days.  

Participants will need to take a photograph that reminds somehow of the famous “Italian spirit”, to be found in a Georgian landscape, in the architecture, in the arts, in their culture. The author of the best photograph, chosen by a dedicated jury, will win a 100% scholarship to attend a Summer Course in one of the IED campuses in Italy in 2022.   

All the details and information on how to participate are available on the website of the Embassy here