“Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” at La Triennale di Milano

Broken Nature is an in-depth exploration of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment that have been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years.


Llareta #0308-2B31 (Up to 3,000 years old ; Atacama Desert, Chile), from The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman


By casting a wide net on architecture and design projects, the exhibition will underline the concept of restorative design, highlighting objects and concepts at all scales that reconsider human beings’ relationship with their environments – including both natural and social ecosystems.


Practical information

“Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival”
1 March –  1 September, 2019
Palazzo della Triennale
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, Milano


The XXII Triennale di Milano comprises a selection of circa 100 projects from the last three decades, examples of restorative design, architecture, and art from all over the world. Among them, Broken Nature includes new installations and objects – like Alexandra Fruhstorfer’s Transitory Yarn, Dominique Chen’s Nuka-doko, and Google Brain’s Whale Song – and milestones like Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker’s Hippo Roller, Elemental’s Quinta Monroy housing, Martino Gamper’s 100 Chairs in 100 Days, and Zach Lieberman et al.’s Eyewriter low-cost, open source eye-tracking system.


Jorge Mañes Rubio and Amanda Pinatih, Design Museum Dharavi. 2016. Photo: Courtesy the designers

Futurefarmers (Amy Franceschini), Seed Procession, 2016. Seed Journey. 2016 – ongoing. Photo: Monika Lovdahl. Courtesy Futurefarmers


These projects, which have played an essential role in the history and advancement of design, have in some cases had a memorable impact on society and in the way humans related to the world around them. This is the first time that these projects are all placed within the same conversation, and in fact the same space, with the aim to unearth design’s potential to mediate societal and behavioral changes.


Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt and Jonas Voigt, Raising Robotic Natives, Bottle Feeder. 2016. Photo: Courtesy the designers

buro BELÉN (Brecht Duijf, Lenneke Langenhuijsen), SUN+, UPF8 and UPF20 Wearable. 2018. Photo: Jantien Roozenburg. Courtesy the designers


A number of directly commissioned works complement the loans in the thematic exhibition. The commissions include: Accurat, Formafantasma, Neri Oxman e Sigil Collective. Go deeper on the exhibition themes on brokennature.org and buy the catalogue electa.it.


Capsula Mundi, Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel


News source: Triennale di Milano
Subscribe here to get weekly updates about architecture events and exhibitions.