The enhancement of the archives of Italian design: the case of the Ettore Sottsass jr. fund - Fondazione Giorgio Cini Onlus

The enhancement of the archives of Italian design: the case of the Ettore Sottsass jr. fund

plus DEC, 10 2020

The Giorgio Cini Foundation presents the AOA – ARCHiVe Online Academy courses, six chapters dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage between analogue and digital.


In December 2018, the Cini Foundation received, as a gift from Barbara Radice, part of the archive of her husband, the architect and designer Ettore Sottsass jr.

In these meetings, the work in progress on the Sottsass fund will be presented, highlighting the shared experiences of those who took part in the project, the result of the collaboration between the Cini Foundation and the Iuav University of Venice.


The first lesson (10 December) will deal with the challenges faced in the context of digitization, archival description and archive study, using specific examples and referring to the techniques and tools in use at ARCHiVe.

The second part will take place in January 2021 and will deal with the possibilities offered by the use of Linked Open Data for the enhancement of the Sottsass fund in relation to other archives of designers active in Italy.

This will be the starting point for a broader discussion, which opens up new scenarios in the archival and cultural panorama.



Andrea Barbon, responsible of ARCHiVe

Marco Scotti, Iuav-ARCHiVe research fellow

Costanza Blaskovic and Alice Vivian, ARCHiVe collaborators

Giovanni Bruno, president of Regesta.exe

Rosanna Pavoni, scientific director of the Vico Magistretti Foundation

Fiorella Bulegato, associate professor IUAV University


Detailed program of the first part of the course:

10 December, from 5pm to 7pm

Which archive: Ettore Sottsass and his archives
Critical issues on the fund: the model developed for the challenge (methodology and tools)
Case studies
Skills in the field


How to participate

Lessons will be limited and will take place on the Zoom digital platform after compulsory registration using the following online request form by 12 noon on Monday 7 December 2020.

You will receive immediate feedback upon receipt of the request, and confirmation of participation.

Should the seats run out, you will be sent a link to watch the course on the YouTube platform.


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