Antonio Scarponi is an Italian Architect and Designer. He is the founder of Conceptual Devices (www.conceptualdevices.com) an architecture and design practice based in Zurich. He considers architecture and design to be poetic acts, whose role is to activate and empower the urban environment. He designed and built hotels, innovative co-working spaces. Recently is actively engaged in urban agricultural projects in Europe and in the US where urban farming is not conceived only as a way to grow food in the city but as a way to “grow” the city itself, in an economic, social, and environmental capacity.
He is also the co-founder of TANTOOO® a company that produces “fairy tales bean bags” a place where to read (and write) fairy tales (www.tantooo.com).
He is also the author of ELIOOO (www.eliooo.com), an instruction manual to build a hydroponic system out of IKEA plastic boxes (translated into Japanese).
Antonio Scarponi studied Architecture at Cooper Union, New York and at IUAV, Venice, Italy, from which he holds a PhD in Urban Design. He taught at KTH, Stockholm and at Naba, Milano.
His work has been widely published in international design blogs (Designboom, BoingBoing, Threehugger, FastCo, Inhabitat, Swiss-Miss) and magazines, (Wired, Abitare, Domus, Architectural Design, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle). In 2008 he was the recipient of the Curry Stone design Prize, in 2009 he received a special mention in the Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam and in 2012 he was nominated for the Katerva Sustainability Awards.