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About the City's Organizers
Francesco Lipari is an Italian architect working between Rome and Sicily. Recipients of several prizes, including eight Maker Faire Europe merit and the Architizer People Choice Award 2014 – 2015 with the interactive garden Sainthorto and a small auditorium for insects and humans named Wunderbugs, Francesco has been recently awarded with the first prize for the New parish complex Saint Barbara in Licata (AG) and the Oscar Green 2016. He’s founding principal of OFL Architecture, an interdisciplinary architectural practice established in 2009 and focused on emergent design processes through a methodology that integrates architecture with other disciplines, redefining the relationship of the significant modern city and its current urban conditions (e.g. Memoria and Zighizaghi). He is also founding partner and artistic director of Cityvision, a printed magazine and architecture platform with the aim of generating a dialogue between the contemporary city and its future image. Francesco was formerly senior architect at Fuksas in Rome, Mad in Beijing and 3gatti in Shanghai. He is part of the Community of Founders of Farm Cultural Park and one of the first architects involved in this sociological project which which has as a goal to turn, through contemporary art and architecture, the whole historical centre of Favara into the second tourist attraction after the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Francesco has also lectured in several schools, institutions and festivals such as Woodbury Architecture School in Los Angeles and San Diego, Escuela Libre de Arquitectura in Tijuana, Maxxi and Macro Museum in Rome and curator of several architecture projects. He has also served as reviewer and member of the jury panel for the annual course of Woodbury in Rome during 2014 and 2015. His work has been internationally exhibited and published including MoMA NY and WUHO Gallery Los Angeles that held the first international exhibition of Worlds of Cityvision. He is currently running the Pecha Kucha Night in Rome and Agrigento and since 2013 has written for Wired Italia.