We’re delighted to welcome the first Guest Curators of our blog for 2015 Elena Formia research fellow at the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna, and Giorgia Olivieri, journalist and expert in cultural and creative industries. They hail from Bologna which, as UNESCO City of Music, is part of the network of UNESCO Creative Cities along with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Giorgia and Elena are curating ten posts which aim to describe creativity and design in Bologna, offering an overview since the second half of the 20th century covering topics such as the work of designer Dino Gavina, current public design initiatives, design associations and recent enterprises born out of the city’s creative energy.
Elena Formia is an architect and Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urban Design. She is a research fellow at the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna, where she teaches in the Industrial Design Degree Programme. Since April 2003 she has been part of the editorial board of the monthly architectural magazine Il Giornale dell’Architettura, published in Turin by Umberto Allemandi & C., as design correspondent and, since September 2005, as design editor. She is author of the book Storie e cronache del design (Allemandi, 2012, with Pier Paolo Peruccio) and she has written articles both in international conferences and journals including Design and Culture, The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, The Art Newspaper and Strategic Design Research Journal.
Giorgia Olivieri is a journalist and an expert on creative and cultural industries. She is a contributor to the Bolognese edition of the newspaper Repubblica, blogging about fashion design and lifestyle and also collaborates with websites, a tv programme and a communication agency. She has been a collaborator with the Province of Bologna for over ten years as a communication and project manager, dealing with European projects, start-ups and innovation.