nex20 Ticino #LivingTomorrow
nex20 Ticino #LivingTomorrow

Anniversary Activity: #LivingTomorrow

For its 20th anniversary, the swissnex Network will engage researchers, entrepreneurs, and visionary leaders to imagine the role of Switzerland on the global stage in the next 20 years in a series of events organised by the different swissnex locations. The purpose of these events is to celebrate the anniversary by reflecting on the future we wish to build and to present to stakeholders in Switzerland a sample of the type of activities that the swissnexes carry out in their respective locations.

nex20 Ticino: Living Tomorrow will propose reflections on how we will live in the future, with a focus on architecture. With an ageing population, societies must reflect on how to create spaces that are inclusive and accessible for all, including those in remote areas. At the same time, increased rates of urbanization put pressure on cities and living and leisure spaces, both public and private.

New technologies and materials are responding to increased concerns about sustainability. With the transition towards renewable energies, architects are grasping the opportunity to innovate in terms of materials used for façades and windows for instance.

swissnex Brazil and the Science and Technology Office Seoul invited experts from Brazil, South Korea and Ticino to discuss the challenges we are facing for the upcoming years, and what are the innovative solutions currently available that can be applied and perhaps replicated.

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  • 5min Opening remarks
  • 40min Panel 1: Collective living
  • 40min Panel 2: Sustainable living
  • 5min Closing remarks

Panel 1: Collective Living

Rafael Luna / Hanyang University

Rafael Luna is an assistant professor at Hanyang University and co-founder of the architecture firm PRAUD. He received a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Luna is the award winner of the Architectural League Prize 2013, and his work has been exhibited at the MoMA, Venice Biennale, and Seoul Biennale. Luna was a co-curator of the Cities Exhibition for the 2019 Seoul Biennale. He has professional experience from the offices of Toyo Ito, KPF, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Martha Schwartz Partners, dECOI, Sasaki Associates, and Machado and Silvetti. He is pursuing his Ph.D. on Infra-architectural typologies as urban models at L’Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland. His writings have been published in journals such as MONU, SPACE, IntAR Journal and is currently co-editing an issue for AD magazine for 2021. He is the co-author of ​I Want to Be Metropolitan​ and the ​North Korean Atlas​.

Jenny Assi / SUPSI

Jenny Assi has a Ph.D. in social policy obtained at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. In SUPSI (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland) she carries out research, consultancy and teaching activities concerning “sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR)”. Her area of expertise includes stakeholder engagement activities, implementation of sustainability strategies and the preparation of sustainability reports. She is a member of the SUPSI sustainability team, coordinating and fostering actions on sustainability at SUPSI. She is also the contact person for the research area in CSR as well as for sustainable reporting for the Competence Centre for Management and Entrepreneurship (CMI-SUPSI). She is a member of the CSR Ticino working group and the scientific representative for the implementation of the Parco San Rocco model, with the aim of building, in Ticino, elderly home care with integrated services open to all generations.

Martino Pedrozzi / USI

Martino Pedrozzi (Zurich 1971), is an independent architect ( Since 2016 he is design studio visiting professor at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera italiana. At the same faculty he has conceived in 2003 and still directs the Workshops on International Social Housing ( He has published Il lido di Ascona di Livio Vacchini, Una teoria del giunto (Edizioni Casagrande, Bellinzona 2017), Casualità e disegno, Edilizia residenziale e spazio pubblico a Lugano (Edizioni Casagrande, Bellinzona 2020), Mini Cigarillos, Due mesi nello studio di Oscar Niemeyer (Letteraventidue, Siracusa 2020), Quindici anni di WISH, Workshop on International Social Housing (Mendrisio Academy Press, Mendrisio 2020) and Perpetuating architecture, Martino Pedrozzi’s interventions on the rural heritage in Valle di Blenio and in Val Malvaglia 1994-2017 (Park Books, Zurigo 2020). He recently published online a collection of readings:

Sophie Maffioli / SUPSI

Sophie Maffioli is an interior architect and co-founder of a young architectural studio Studio it’s located in Lugano CH. Sophie received her Master of Arts in Design from the Institut Integrative Gestaltung at FHNW Basel, where she specialised in the use of “participatory process and co-design,” in interior architecture. Since 2012 she has actively promoted the ideal of democratically shared and sustainable, quality development, of collective and public space on various levels, through co-design and mediation. As part of her work she was called upon in 2017 to coordinate the GIDE interactional design and architecture workshop focused on the topic of the sociology of space: “Step across the border”. In 2018 she taught at the International Master of Interior Architectural Design (IMIAD) workshop “A global village” and in 2019 to speak about participatory processes at the interdisciplinary workshop “Mendrisiopernoi”at the University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

Panel 2: Sustainable Living

Sylvia Meimaridou Rola / Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Professor since 2012 at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and at the Program in Architecture (Proarq-UFRJ). Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the Federal University of Ceará (1994). Specialist in Structural Design at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, 1997). Master in Architecture from the UFRJ (2000), with emphasis on Rationalization of Construction. Specialist and in Sustainability of Cities from the Universidad Atónoma Chapingo, Mexico (2001). PhD in Energy Planning from the EPP/COPPE/UFRJ (2008). Researcher at the International Virtual Institute for Global Change IVIG/COPPE/UFRJ since 2001. Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, from 2009 to 2012. Main subjects of work and research: technology, eco-constructions, non-energy-intensive materials, swimming (green roofs), environment, energy efficiency, the sustainability of cities and buildings, evaluation of football stadiums, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Roman Rudel / SUPSI

Roman Rudel’s academic background is in Geography with particular focus on the complex relation between socio-economic development and the environment, and climate change. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Fribourg for a thesis on the ecological transformation of the industrial society. Prof Rudel has over 20 years of research experience in the field of technological and institutional innovations applied to the mobility and energy sector and was member of the first national action plan on sustainable development. Since 2008 he is Head of the Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Building Environment at the University of Applied Sciences in Southern Switzerland and active in the field of renewable energy generation such as photovoltaics, energy efficiency in buildings, energy policy and behavioural changes. His area of interest is the interdisciplinary research on the energy transition and he fosters the development of new research topics such as smart grid, digitization in the energy and the building sector as well as the emergence of the prosumer.

Andrea Bernasconi / HEIG-VD

Graduate in 1986 and PhD in 1996 in civil engineering at the ETH in Zürich, specialized on timber structures and timber construction; research and development activities on timber technology, timber structures and timber construction. Bernasconi is professor of timber engineering, technology and construction at the High School for Engineering and Business at Yverdon-les-Bains, and at the University of Applied Sciences in Fribourg and Lugano. He is co-owner and active member of the engineering companies Borlini & Zanini SA in Lugano and in Zürich, and consultant of the Institute of Timber Technology and Construction at the Technical University in Graz, Austria. He has large experience in teaching and researching on timber technology and construction, such as large and multiple-story buildings and bridges.

Cristina Zanini Barzaghi / City of Lugano

Graduated in 1987 in civil engineering at the ETH Zurich, she worked for a long time as a structural engineer in her own office and as a lecturer at SUPSI, designing buildings and bridges in concrete, steel and wood. Her growing interest in the culture of construction and in environmental and social sustainability has led her towards politics. Since 2013, she is councillor in the Municipality of Lugano, responsible for public building and real estate management. In this function, she accompanies a hundred or so projects, some very important as the new stadium of Cornaredo. She is convinced that the quality of public and private spaces is a political priority, therefore she promotes design competitions and participatory planning processes. It is also particularly attentive to the reuse of existing built heritage, the art of engineering and land planning. Last but not least, she has always been committed to promoting the presence of women in the technical-scientific world.

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