Milan Design Week 2024, Alcova Milano, 15.04.2024 - 21.04.2024
2084: Diorama of the Future

Villa Bagatti Valsecchi, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 48, 20814 Varedo MB, Italy

2084, Diorama of the Future is an architectural speculation on the challenges of the post-Anthropocene era. The scenario deals with the reconstruction of a near future in which some cities are submerged, while others endure extreme conditions, direct consequences of the climate emergency. Amidst this turbulence, a diverse group of human and non-human explorers parachutes into 2084, facing the challenge of survival and reconstruction. Designed by MAIA students, the project transforms part of the historic annexes of Villa Bagatti Valsecchi into a dynamic and performative diorama inviting visitors to reflect on contemporary environmental and societal dilemmas. While 19th-century dioramas presented romanticized visions of exotic natures behind glass screens that detached visitors from their complexities, Diorama of the Future inserts visitors right at the center of damaged environments, calling for new ecosystemic actions. In this large device, both students and visitors will take on the role of inhabitants of a changing vivarium, whose evolution will problematize the relation between representation, agency, and climate change.

Project Leader: Youri Kravtchenko
Assistants: Cécile-Diama Samb, Dany Champion, Shizuka Saito
Students: Ségolène Davister, Andreas Laskaris, Natalia Krymskaya, Alexandra Miskufova, Valentina Pantalena, Marie Schild, Marie Torrione
Head of Department: Javier Fernández Contreras
Deputy Head: Valentina de Luigi
Special thanks: Lada Umstätter, Director HEAD – Genève