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The Project

NABA is an active partner of the project TERRA, organized and directed by Istituto Oikos, a no-profit organization that promotes environmental conservation as a tool for socio-economic development in different areas of the world. Project TERRA aims at promoting the recovery of traditional techniques of leather tanning and leather handicraft within the Maasai communities that live in the dry lands of northern Tanzania, in the Arusha region.

The role of NABA in the project is to design a collection of little objects, products and accessories that can be manufactured by the Maasai community and traded in the local touristic markets or online. The TERRA project pursues a double purpose of sustainability:
- Developing a new micro-economy to benefit the community of Maasai women.
- Transforming scrap (at present time, goat skins are treated as waste) into a resource.

Area: Design
Courses: Design
Campus: NABA Milan
Collaboration: Istituto Oikos Onlus

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Project Leaders

Claudio Larcher
Design Area Leader
Design Area Leader
Claudio Larcher
<p>Born in Milan, he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. After a research period in Spain, in Madrid and Barcelona, in 2002 he founded his own studio, Modoloco Design Workshop, a space for experimentation and research, where diverse cultures and experiences are implemented as architectural and design forms. He has taught at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the Free University of Bozen, at Politecnico di Milano, and lectured in Italian and international institutions. He curated and participated in several exhibitions in Italy, Japan, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Sweden. Ambassador of Italian Design for Switzerland, Albany and Uruguay in 2017, 2018, 2019, he is the author of the books Globetrotting designers (Compositori), Design, scuola e solidariet&agrave; (Fausto Lupetti), Design from the Alps (Scheidegger Und Spiess), and Disegnare un cucchiaio per cambiare la citt&agrave; (Quodlibet).</p>
Vered Zaykovsky
Project Leader
Natascia Fenoglio
Project Leader
Luca Poncellini
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Luca Poncellini
<p><strong>Design and Applied Arts Department Head</strong></p> <p>Luca Poncellini is an architect and a designer with a PhD in the History of Architecture and City Planning. As a partner in the architecture office Cliostraat until 2009, he has curated projects and has lectured in Italy and in several countries throughout the world. His works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, at the Van Alen Institute in New York, at ETH in Z&uuml;rich, at MAGA in Gallarate and at Triennale Milano. In 2008 he co-curated the retrospective exhibition Laszlo Hudec, in collaboration with the Hungarian Consulate in Shanghai. Since 2013 he has been the Course Leader of the MA in Interior Design. Between 2015 and 2019 directed the research lab and the project C-Park. Since 2019 he has been Design and Applied Arts Department Head.</p>
Manal Abu Monassar
Project Leader
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Students involved

Alessandro Ambrosini, Alice Andrea Cappelli, Simone Caronni, Francesca Daloiso, Emanuela Dassisti, Angelica De Paolis, Livia Delfanti, Giorgia Dodi, Silvia Faggiano, Pietro Gaeli, Julia Gaillard, Elisa Gatti, Paolo Stefano Gentile, Erica Gerli, Riccardo Gianduzzo, Filippo Lagala, Benedetta Mantegazza, Selene Mauri, Giulia Privileggio, Giorgia Salamanca, Federica Sandrin, Margot Silvestrini, Elena Tamburini, Edoardo Trombin, Michela Penizza, Stefano San Vito, Chiara Schenatti, Miriana Psarra, Chiara Conti, Giulia Guaitani, Melissa Iysurei ,Nikita Bailey, Marco Ferrari, Lena Holzer

Credits

TERRA is an international partnership among Istituto Oikos, Arusha District Council, Meru District Council, Arusha Municipality, Comune di Milano, Consorzio Altromercato soc.coop., NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Arcolab, Conceria Newport srl, Tanzania Maasai Women Art.

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