Filippo Lodi is Associate Director and Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management at global architecture firm UNStudio. He is leading UNSx, which is UNStudio’s in-house innovation think tank and experience lab that is grounded in architectural, urban and product design. This team of architects, computational designers, product designers, creative strategists, VR/AR specialists, and sustainability consultants experiment with new methodologies, technologies, processes, and materials to design solutions for the shared human experience.
Over the last 15 years Filippo led multidisciplinary projects across scales including building adaptive and responsive environments, using data to design for happiness, and developing products and services for connectivity within cities. He advocates for user-centric & systemic approaches in architecture by applying methodologies such as design thinking and ethnographic research to connect experience design, technology solutions to the needs of the architectural and urban project. With UNSx team he pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the way we live, work and play.
Filippo is also an innovation mentor and teacher in several accelerator programs at Rockstart. A few years ago, he joined the Rockstart AI program as a mentor to help boost startup growth, by providing expert knowledge and guidance.
'Designing shared urban experiences'
Urban communities are the catalysts for creativity, knowledge sharing, and progress. In order to enable those values in the urban context, the new approach should push forward concrete initiatives to remove barriers, and unleash the human creative potential. As lockdowns ease, the legacy of the coronavirus — and the changes it has inspired in urban spaces— highlights the need for cities to adapt to this new reality. To embrace new perspectives, cities need to embrace a holistic approach that bridges business, technology and social values... more >