Alcova / Milan Design Week, April 2024

2084: A 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 always 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 climatic device, both students and visitors take on the role of inhabitants of a changing vivarium, whose evolution problematizes the relation between vision, appropriation, and climate change.

The project was designed by MAIA students under the direction of Youri Kravtchenko, assisted by Cecile-Diama Samb, and presented at Alcova for the Milan Design Week 2024.


Head of Department: Javier Fernández Contreras
Deputy Head: Valentina de Luigi

Project Leader: Youri Kravtchenko
Assistants: Cécile-Diama Samb, Dany Champion, Shizuka Saito
Technical team: Charles Cuccu, Adrien Cheneviére, Xavier Plantevin
Performance Director: Natacha de Oliveira
Sound: Misha Hering
Costume Design: Marc Eicher
Choreography: Salomé Zielhi



Ségolène Davister, Andreas Laskaris, Natalia Krymskaya, Alexandra Miskufova, Valentina Pantalena, Marie Schild, Marie Torrione

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