TCA THINK TANK is an architectural office based in UK, practicing architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. TCA’s works include a variety of projects from city scale level to movable and temporary design. Working with architects, artist, publishers and universities, TCA escapes from the constrains between research and practice, and explores the multidisciplinary possibilities of architecture.  Through the production of research to practice, TCA reports the theoretical condition of the architecture.

Pier Alessio Rizzardi

 

Pier Alessio Rizzardi studied architecture in Polytechnic University of Milan and at Architecture and Urbanism College of University of São Paulo and obtained Master’s Degree at Polytechnic University of Milan. Since 2007 he’s been working in London, Beijing, Shanghai, Melbourne, São Paulo, Bangkok and Milan. In 2011 he started a 5-year research culminated in the book The Condition of Chinese Architecture, interviewing the architects of the New Chinese Generation (Chang Yong Ho, Liu Jiakun, Ma Yansong, Liu Xiaodu, Qi Xin, Chen Yifeng, Rocco Yim, Li Xiaodong, Li Hu, Zhang Lei, Zhang Bin, Zhu Pei, Xu Tiantian, Liu Yuyang and Lu Wenyu.) Working together with Li Xiangning, Charlie Xue, Rory Stott and Harry den Hartog, they created a ground breaking report of the architecture of the last decade in China. Since 2012 Rizzardi has been teaching at Polytechnic University of Milan with Professor Remo Dorigati about the City Foundations and The post-use of EXPO Milan 2015. From 2012 to 2015 Pier Alessio was co-author with Joseph di Pasquale of the column of the Architectural Investigation of l’ARCA International Magazine, periodical research on the built contemporary debate. Since 2013 he was first correspondent from Beijing of STUDIO Architecture and Urbanism Magazine, becoming later on co-editor of the magazine with Romolo Calabrese, Alessandro Colombo and Zeno Piccoli. In 2017 he create the series of interviews "Innovation" published by Domus. He curated a series of conferences “The Condition of Architecture” in Polytechnic of Milan University, enquiring the effects of the cultural, economic and political situation affecting the contemporary architectural practice. In 2014 Pier Alessio Rizzardi participated in the 14th Venice Biennale, for the Absorbing Modernity exhibition where the research The Condition of Chinese Architecture was displayed. In that occasion, together with the Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying Chun from WEAK! Architects, he created the Parasite Pavilion in Giardini delle Vergini Arsenale, “[…] an experimentation that goes beyond traditional architectural form and composition to foresee fundamental aspects for Chinese architectural space”. He curated and organized international architectural workshops: Bug Dome workshop with Hsieh Ying Chun from WEAK! Architects and curator Jiang Jun; Workshop “Ephemeral” in the AADK’s Blanca Back to Live! exploring the essential qualities of the space: Physical, Visual and Memory connections applied to the surrounding context of Peña Negra, Spain. From 2014 he presented in: “City Portrait: Astana” at Kazakistan pavilion at EXPO 2015, Clip Stamp Upload: Italian Independent Magazine at Museo Sant Agostino, Genova; The Future of The Museum in China” in Beijing at STUDIO X in collaboration with Columbia University. Together with Tim Makower and MME Ministry of the Municipality and Environment of Qatar, he is currently creating the Qatar Urban Design Compendium, a report of the actual state of architecture in Doha and the creation of urban planning guidelines for the future development for 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Present Team Members

 

Martin Huba

Edna Gee

Georgia Stellin

Edoardo Giancola

Başak Sakçak

Alejandro Rey Yamhure

 

Past Team Members

 

Wang Jing

Katerina Dimova

Zhang Ai

Emilia Quattrina

Gerardo Semprebon

Cheng Wei Chung

Matteo Piras

Angelo Pagano

Andrea Vertone

Valentina Zecca

Ilaria Baldini

Ni Ya

Muratori Martina

Jocelyn Fu

Regina Kaluzny

Siyin Wang

Lucia Bertaggia

Maria Bertaggia

Hu Yalin

Alessandro Zorzetto

Ilgin Ezgi Tunc

 

Collaborators

 

Alessandro Colombo

Romolo Calabrese

Joseph di Pasquale

Cesare Maria Casati

Remo Dorigati

Helena Camargo

Jiang Jun

 

Consultants

 

Lorenza Manfredi

Abraham Hurtado

Alessandro Balducci

Giuliano Noci

Antonio Longo

Pierluigi Salvadeo

Yibo Xu

Li Xiangning

Harry den Hartog

Charlie Xue

Daniel Gillen

Roland Karthaus

 

In Collaboration with

 

Domus

l'ARCA International

ArchDaily

AADK Spain

TCA THINK TANK is an architectural office based in UK, practicing architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. TCA’s works include a variety of projects from city scale level to movable and temporary design. Working with architects, artist, publishers and universities, TCA escapes from the constrains between research and practice, and explores the multidisciplinary possibilities of architecture.  Through the production of research to practice, TCA reports the theoretical condition of the architecture.

Zhang Hankun 张涵坤

 

Zhang Hankun is an architect and writer graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan and Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi’an. She is involved in researching projects, exploring the issues of diminishing environment in China and the impact of art and cultural districts on the city. Zhang Hankun has been published on books, magazines and platforms among the others MARK, l’ARCA International and ArchDaily.

Present Team Members

 

Martin Huba, Edna Gee, Georgia Stellin, Edoardo Giancola, Başak Sakçak, Alejandro Rey Yamhure.

 

Past Team Members

 

Katerina Dimova, Zhang Ai, Emilia Quattrina, Gerardo Semprebon, Cheng Wei Chung, Matteo Piras, Angelo Pagano, Andrea Vertone, Valentina Zecca, Ilaria Baldini, Ni Ya, Muratori Martina,

Jocelyn Fu, Regina Kaluzny, Siyin Wang, Lucia Bertaggia, Maria Bertaggia, Hu Yalin, Alessandro Zorzetto, Ilgin Ezgi Tunc.

 

In collaboration

 

Romolo Calabrese, Joseph di Pasquale, Cesare Maria Casati, Remo Dorigati, Helena Camargo.

 

Consultants

 

Alessandro Balducci, Giuliano Noci

Antonio Longo, Pierluigi Salvadeo

Yibo Xu, Li Xiangning, Harry den Hartog, Charlie Xue, Daniel Gillen

Roland Karthaus.