All posts in “Urbanism”

Architensions completes DIKHROOS: A Public Space Activator for The Java Project and presented at Greenpoint Open Studios 2017

Architensions reimagined the tent typology for Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 hosted by Java Studios, studying a simple assembly of bamboo poles to maintain the idea of an easy and fast aggregation of elements and at the same time rethinking the protective layer of the tent which needs to provide shelter from the rain and the sun. Check back soon for the full release of the project. See some images at this link.


Bandirma Park Masterplan Released

Our Bandirma Park masterplan was conceived sculpting the landscape creating a continuous man-made surface that enters every building and creates a new typology: the split building. The result is a succession of protected plazas woven together activating the park throughout the entire year. Our team was composed by Format Engineers led by Stephen Melville and Transsolar KlimaEngineering  led by Krista Palen.

Alessandro Orsini Lecture: Fifth Dimensional Cities

Alessandro Orsini, founding partner of Architensions, a Brooklyn-based practice co-led with Nick Roseboro, will share a model of practice that refuses to separate architecture from urbanism proposing a paradigm antithetical to modern capitalism, giving back to architecture its autonomous form. Focusing on the design process of their latest projects in Australia and Denmark, Alessandro will give a view into their newly published book “Forma Urbana” and in particular their theory on “Fifth Dimensional Cities”, which is also the title of their upcoming exhibition at the Java Project Gallery in Brooklyn this fall.

Alessandro Orsini studied architecture in Rome at RomaTre School of Architecture with Alessandro Anselmi and Tommaso Giuralongo and in New York at the Graduate School of Planning and Preservation at Columbia University with Yehuda Safran. Before founding Architensions he worked with Steven Holl Architects as a project architect of the Sunslice House and in the team of many other projects. Alessandro currently teaches at New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture.

Space is limited. RSVP required.

Presented in partnership with the AIADO Department at School of the Art Insitute of Chicago

Fifth Dimensional Cities - Architensions

Fifth Dimensional Cities: Architensions’ First Solo Exhibition

Fifth Dimensional Cities is Architensions’ first solo exhibition of its current and theoretical work. The title is taken from the introduction of their first book “Forma Urbana” recently published in Europe by Libria and presented in the US in occasion of this exhibition.

The studio presents five architectural models and “urban drawings” illustrating five projects located in different cities around the world. These drawings aim to capture the energy and specificities of each site and become a lens for observation and signature of the studio.

Architensions refuses to separate architecture from urbanism, an opposing today’s tendency to design deliberately iconic one-off buildings, and propose a paradigm antithetical modern capitalism, giving back to architecture its autonomous form.

This exhibition was made possible in collaboration with The Java Project in Brooklyn, a gallery which advocates for artists, curates exhibitions and fosters an educational discourse in the arts and it is curated by Dakota Sica. For more information about The Java Project please visit

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Fifth Dimensional Cities Exhibitiion

Architensions - Design Our Ryde - Rising Ryde - Evening View

Architensions Releases Stage 2 Design for Civic Centre in Ryde Australia

For Immediate Release:

Design Our Ryde: Rising Ryde
Architecture as a Living System

Conceived as a hill-shaped building covered in local vegetation embracing the local communities and context, Architensions imagines a building as a complex system of social connections and interactions with nature to generate an ecological system that prioritizes people.

The architecture becomes an open spatial system that helps aggregate its micro-cells to the macro scale of the city. It is the user that defines the use of the space with its continuous movement, trajectories, through a circulation system intertwined with the space that serves as a primary usable social condenser with its intricate succession of public plazas and vertical gardens.

View project details here.

Van Alen Institute – Escape Route: New Itineraries

Alessandro Orsini, Architensions founding principal has been invited by the Van Alen Institute to present the most recent urban research of the office focused on escapes routes within and outside the city.

From the press release:

Sometimes the bustle and excitement of the city is best appreciated from a distance. Focusing on short visits to or away from the city, we asked six forward-thinking designers to consider escape in and around New York and develop new routes and experiences. Come and be inspired for your next trip out by these exciting proposals that create new connections between communities and places, visit formerly inaccessible pockets, and address the changing tourist ecologies of the city.

Design Presentation and Conversation
Sunday, December 14   4:00pm—6:00pm
Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street
New York, New York


Van Alen Institute – Escape Route: New Itineraries

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Cultural Center in Italy

InfinityScape was submitted by Architensions for the Space to Culture Architectural Competition. The project was a chance to rethink a disused industrial place and transform it in a lively space for culture, art and public relationships. Wide and versatile open spaces are meant to provide local citizens and tourists a modern cultural / leisure time activities centre.