the Platypus

An Unknown Object

"The first Australian colonists to see the platypus [...] saw it as a mole, and in fact they called it the "water mole," but this mole had a beak, and therefore it was not a mole [...] The platypus was discovered in Australia at the end of the eighteenth century and was first named "water mole," "duck mole," or "duck-billed platypus." In 1799, a stuffed specimen was examined in England, and the naturalists could not believe their eyes, with the result that some insinuated it was a practical joke on the part of a taxidermist."


Umberto Eco

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I am an architect and researcher based in Innsbruck. My work moves between the boundaries of architectural theory, history and architectural design. 

I am currently a research assistant at the department of architectural theory  at the Innsbruck university - where I conduct research activities and teach studios - and PhD candidate with Peter Trummer at same faculty. Previously, I have worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Genoa and as an architect and external collaborator for various offices including Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna and Space Caviar in Genoa.

Since 2019 I am part of the editoral board of Viceversa Magazine

This website is an assemblage of projects, writings, works, ideas and stuff produced until now that, once put one next to the other, may make sense.