Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo

Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo develops her research within the framework of Landscape Urbanism and Ecological Urbanism, on their theoretical and experimental implications in relation to Weakness Theory, in order to generate new territories of the imagination. In particular, through transdisciplinary approaches, Elisa developed the concept of the Weak City (Weakcity, 2015; ZeroEnne series, 2012-20) and of Technonature (Technonature, 2012; Landscape in Art and Science, 2016; Nature through the Mirror, 2014-15). Elisa holds a Phd in Architectural and Urban Design and was a visiting scholar at the Department of History, Theory, and Criticism, MIT (2010-11) and at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard (2011-12). Elisa has participated in various Biennales (Venice, Tallinn, Santiago de Chile) and exhibitions of architecture and landscape. In 2014, Elisa was the winner of the Graham Foundation Grant.

Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo is consultant for Degli Esposti Architetti about landscape design and ecological urbanism topics. Link to Elisa’s website.


K2O is a partnership that handles research and design on an urban and regional scale. After training at the Politecnico di Milano through the study of the masters of the Modern, significant international experience and numerous completed projects, over the years K2O has perfected the ability to respond effectively and in an innovative way to the complex challenges of the contemporary world. K2O’s strategies give an urban form to the needs of sustainable development, social inclusion, environmental equilibrium, metropolitan regeneration, and the attraction of investments so as to maximize the benefits and favorable outcomes for the reference communities.

K2O provides consultancy and project design, integrated, urban, and environmental strategic planning, and preparation of master plans with architectural prefiguration, all according to the highest standards within a process in which vision, building density positioning, the use of cutting-edge technologies, transport-oriented strategies, certainties in terms of time/cost, approval procedures, flexibility, and ROI are enhanced by urban design and by the design culture of the European city.

K2O is:
Degli Esposti Architetti
Enrico Molteni Architecture
GSMM Architetti


The Architectural & Urban Forum, known under the acronym AUFO, is a Milan-based independent group founded in 2009 by Lorenzo Degli Esposti, whose aim is the investigation through artistic actions and projects on urban and metropolitan contexts. AUFO’s activities are carried out by multidisciplinary work teams directed by Lorenzo Degli Esposti, with the aid of an international scientific committee, which includes as members Ernesto d’Alfonso (Milan), Peter Eisenman (New York), Yona Friedman (Paris), Massimo Pica Ciamarra (Naples), Franco Purini (Rome), and Guido Zuliani (New York).



Tulpenmanie – Galleria del disegno d’architettura is an art gallery based in Milan, intended to promote architecture drawing and young authors. In 2015, the exhibition 02 | 06 included works by Andrea Branzi, Franco Purini, Ugo La Pietra, Antonio Monestiroli, Carmelo Baglivo, Luca Galofaro, Luca Ruali, Matteo Ghidoni, Lorenzo Degli Esposti and others. In 2016, the exhibition 30 < 30 displayed 30 works by young authors from over 50 countries, selected by a jury which included Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Marco Biraghi, Marco Brizzi, Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo, Alberto Ferlenga, Cherubino Gambardella, Luca Molinari, Valerio Paolo Mosco and others. Then Tulpenmanie hosted the solo show The Collapse of Rules by Daniele Zerbi, 25 works combinations of hand drawings, dripping and stencil. In 2017, Tulpenmanie has been organizing the photographic exhibition Piano alto, vista Duomo, with works by Matteo Cirenei and Maurizio Montagna and participations by Ugo La Pietra, Daniele Vitale and AUFO, and Close Reading, exhibition on formal analysis in architecture, with drawings from Harvard GSD, Yale University School of Architecture, IUAV, Politecnico di Milano, PennDesign, The Cooper Union New York, Columbia University, The Bartlett, and some other major universities.



ArcDueCittà is a magazine on architecture, urban and landscape design, founded in 2012 by Ernesto d’Alfonso, director of the magazine, and his collaborators. Today the editorial staff is made by Lorenzo Degli Esposti, Matteo Fraschini, Ariela Rivetta, Michele Sbacchi.