Since 2000 I have been practicing design as an interdisciplinary and hybrid language which contributes to the realization of projects in an integrated way, by combining theory and practice, poetics and organization.

In 4 steps is what I call the method I developed by designing and offering advice for cultural, artistic and commercial enterprises. An activity as such is articulated according to the complexity of the context, but it can be translated intuitively and in an evolutionary way, if approached in stages and keeping an insight on the overall vision.

Diego Segatto is an architect and designer. He develops his trajectory as a design consultant and advisor, as well as a creative director.
As a result of the collaboration with artway of thinking (Venice), which began in 2001, he adopts hybrid methods, initiating and engaging with contexts aimed at human and environmental development.
In 2009 he co-founds OpenQuadra design studio.
The same year he begins a collaboration with DAAR – Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (Bethlehem, Palestine), focusing on the visual and editorial expressions of the research, which resulted in exhibitions at the Biennales of Istanbul (2009), Beirut, Rotterdam and Sharjiah (2010), at the International Edinburgh Festival (2011), and in the publication of Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg Press, 2013).
In 2010 he co-founds Re:Habitat – an organism for urban regeneration (Bologna).
Between 2012 and 2013 he takes part in the educational programme Campus in Camps (Dheisheh’s refugee camp, Palestine) as coordinator and designer.
During his stay there he also collaborates, as a visual designer, with the UNRWA Camp Improvement Programme.
In 2013 he takes part in the founding of the artistic project Ateliersi (Bologna), through which he enhances his experience of the relationship between art and multidisciplinarity.
In 2017 Diego co-founds Al Maeishah, a mobile dialogical and learning environment and, in the same year, he has been selected as a fellow student at BAK – basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht, NL).
In 2019 he takes part in the editorial unit at DAAS – Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Studies, realizing and curating the online archive.
He is co-author and editorial designer for commissioned or self-produced publications and his articles were published in online cultural magazines.
Diego believes in founding and partaking collective endeavours as a form of political engagement.


Fellowship at BAK’s research itinerary Propositions for Non-Fascist Living, 2017-2018
BAK – basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands

Course in graphic facilitation, 2011
Housatonic, Bologna, Italy

Performative languages, 2000-2007
with artway of thinking, Maria Teresa dal Pero, Teatrino Clandestino, Alessandro Berti

Cultural planning, Nuovi Organismi di Formazione Culturale, 2005
Fabbrica La Ginestra, Montevarchi (AR), Italy

Postgraduate-degree in Participative Planning and Urbanism, 2003
IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia), Venice, Italy

Master of Architecture (M.Arch), 2002. IUAV, Venice, Italy

Initiated, commissioned or participated co-creations

DAAS – Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Studies web platform (2020 – ongoing)
Tutoring, graphic design, book design, web design and management
With Alessandro Petti, Marie-Louise Richards and Tatiana Letier Pinto
Supported by: Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Al Maeishah (itinerant process, 2017 – ongoing)
With Isshaq Al-Barbary and Elena Isayev

Mìnera school of yoga (online project, 2016 – ongoing)
Visual and conceptual research, web design for the yoga online school by Francesca Proia, artist

B! The biological kitchen at DLF (Bologna, Italy, 2016)
Refurbishment, visual identity and communication for a biological kitchen.
Commissioned & sponsored by GoGreen Store Srl; in collaboration with Arca di Noè Social Cooperative

Ateliersi theatre and art production company (Bologna, Italy, 2013 – ongoing)
Co-creation, visual communication and spaces re-invigoration.
Supported by: Ministry or Culture; Region of Emilia-Romagna; Bologna City Council; Dal Monte Foundation

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees), (Palestine, 2013)
Envisioning-designing maps and games for Refugee Camp improvement programme

Campus in Camps educational programme (Palestine, 2012 – ongoing)
Systemic design, coordination and co-planning.
Funders: GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbei); Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Re:Habitat association for urban regeneration (Bologna, Italy, 2010 – ongoing)
Co-foundation, coordination, communication and project activation.
Supported by: Bologna City Council; Consorzio di gestione del Mercato delle Erbe.

DAAR – Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (Palestine, 2009 – ongoing)
Visual art, co-planning and book design.
Supported by: Price Claus Prize for Architecture; Foundation for Art Initiatives; Delphina Foundation

OpenQuadra design studio (Bologna, Italy, 2009 – ongoing)
Co-foundation and art direction of the physical and digital studio

artway of thinking art collective (Venice, Italy, 2000 – ongoing)
Community-based public art, co-creation and visual design.
Supported by a conglomerate of numerous public and private organisations

Editorial and research units

Concepts and Sites of Architectural Decolonization (Stockholm, Sweden, 19th-20th February 2019). Workshop at Alessandro Petti’s course in Decolonizing Architecture, at the Royal Institute of Art. How to build a connective and expandable atlas.

Haay/Ahaali (Utrecht, NL, 17th May 2018). Workshop by Al Maeishah in the framework of Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – a week with Angela Davis. A look into questions of citizenship, communal knowledge sharing, intergenerational activism, and relevant artistic practices. Hosted by BAK

Inhabiting (Lesvos, Greece, 20th February – 4th March 2018). Coordination of a work-group, production of a Collective Dictionary and an exhibition at Thresholds, convened by Office of Displaced Designers and Al Maeishah

Xenia (Exeter, UK, 16th – 28th February 2017)
Coordination of a work-group and production of a Collective Dictionary at Ancient Journeys and Migrants, convened by Professor Elena Isayev (University of Exeter), on behalf of Campus in Camps

Political (Utrecht and Amsterdam, Netherlands, 5th – 9th April 2016)
Coordination of a work-group and production of a Collective Dictionary at Here We Are Academy / Learning from the Forum, convened by BAK basis voor actuele kunst, with We Are Here Association, on behalf of Campus in Camps

Forum PA – 25th edition (Rome, Italy, 27-29 May 2014)
Interviewer and social media manager

Corniolo Art Platform (Corniolo, Italy, 31th July – 2nd August 2012)
Live visual thinking at Diaphasis, by Archiviazioni association

Nosadella.due art residency (Bologna, Italy, 27th January 2012)
Live visual thinking at Journal 2007-2011: a book and other ways of story-telling

Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy, 20th – 24th May 2010)
Coordination of the editorial unit at Methods – Process of Change programme

Art&Gallery (Milan, Italy, 2002)
Coordination of the editorial unit at Relation:ships, mapping territories for artway of thinking

Key Note presentations

Studium Generale – ArtEZ (Zwolle, NL, 8th November 2018)
Al Maeishah — un/making home. Workshop HOME

University of Exeter (Exeter, UK, 14th July 2016)
A park in play. Common, public and private quests between ownership and belonging. Workshop Locating Memory in the Materiality of Heritage

Zurich University of the Arts (Zurich, Switzerland, 14th – 16th November 2013)
The communal learning experience of Campus in Camps seeking for a new role of University in the social order. Symposium The Diagrammatic Practice of the Micropolitical – the Spatio-temporal Expression of Play between Power, Knowledge and the Aesthetics of Existence

Fabbrica La Ginestra (Montevarchi, Italy, 26th November 2011)
100% Mercato Cantiere InErbe urban regeneration project at Creative Net cross meeting

Documenta 11 (Kassel, Germany, 17th July 2002)
The welcome of seafarers at the Venice harbor at the public chat Cityscape / Imaginary territories with RAQS Media Collective

Invited talks – a selection

Bauhaus (Dessau, Germany, 20th-24th March 2019)
Parliament of Schools
with Elena Isayev and Isshaq Al Barbary

BAK basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht, Netherlands, 30th June 2018)
Toward a Voluntary Exile: Unconditional Hospitality and Islands
with Isshaq Al Barbary and Pelin Tan

BAK basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht, Netherlands, 7th October 2017)
Autonomous Infrastructure and stories of hospitality
with Isshaq Al Barbary and Pelin Tan

Arts Academy of Bologna (Bologna, Italy, 9th April 2014)
Campus in Camps programme in From representation to action. Meetings on public art

Chiostra d’Onofrio (Corato, Italy, 16th September 2013)
Campus in Camps programme at the roundtable RI-CREA il Territorio (Re-create the territory)

Teatro Studio Krypton (Scandicci, Italy, 23rd May 2012)
Campus in Camps programme at the workshop Piano con Paesaggio: un punto di vista speciale (Plan with a Landscape: a special point of view)

Nosadella.due art residency (Bologna, Italy, 16th April 2011)
The experience at Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency for THE WALL Project

Al-Feneiq cultural centre (Deheisheh Refugee Camp, Palestine, 22nd January 2010)
CAMP at the symposium Architecture, Pedagogy & Politics of Spatial Knowledge on behalf of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

Candiani Cultural Centre (Mestre, Italy, 13th October 2009)
The welcome of seafarers landing in Venice at the seminar Harbour and City: relations and opportunities of
dialogue in continuos transformation on behalf of artway of thinking

Radio interviews

Radio Città Fujiko at Coxo Spaziale (Bologna, 24th November 2018)
Concibò – Bolognina in transito

Radio Città del Capo with Aelia Media project (Bologna, 17th October 2011)
Regenerating the City Market

Radio Papesse with Pietro Gaglianò (Florence, Italy, 24th May 2012)
The experience at Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

Exhibited works – a selection

La Caffetteria del Sì (Bologna, Italy, 2015), Angelo Mai Occupato (Rome, Italy, 2015)
Compatibile, installation for URBAN SPRAY LEXICON PROJECT by Ateliersi

Bologna Urban Center (Bologna, Italy, 2011)
100% Mercato Cantiere in Erbe, project exhibition and public relations for Re:Habitat

Sharjiah Art Biennal (Sharjiah, U.A.E., 2011), Beirut Art Fair (Beirut, Lebanon, 2010), Rotterdam Biennale (Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2010), REDCAT (Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2010)
The books of DAAR for Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

University of Exeter Commission by AHRC funded De-Placing Future Memory (Exeter, UK 2010)
The book of Returns for Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

MUFF – Museum of Frontiers Commission by Forte di Bard (Aosta, Italy 2010)
Signposts from the contested landscape photographic journal

Istanbul Biennal of Art (Istanbul, Turkey, 2009)
How to re-inhabit the house of your enemy for Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

Candiani Cultural Centre (Mestre, Italy, 2001)
MS3 – 100 days of relation with the city with artway of thinking

Published research through art and text – a selection

A Conundrum
self produced | Dyghez and the Pataphysics Temporary Makers, 2020

What does it mean “to decolonize”? #2
Royal Academy of Arts | Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Studies, 2020

What does it mean “to decolonize”? #1
Royal Academy of Arts | Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Studies, 2019

Quantum Notes on Classic Places
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 54 (ISSN 2076-0787); doi:10.3390/h6030054
Special Issue Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present
[download pdf]

Complex and incomplete. Fertile nevertheless, with Re:Habitat for i Quaderni #08 | URBANISTICA tre
Roma Tre Università degli studi, ISSN:1973-9702,

Cover art for Architecture after revolution, S. Hilal, A. Petti, E. Weizman
Sternberg Press, ISBN 978-3-943365-79-5,

The transports of goods is a common good as long as in network | If living becomes a collaborative process | In Toronto every movement starts and ends by walking. Smart Innovation online platform.

Reactivating the common: the initiatives of Campus in Camps | New routes of the University in the social function, Lavoro Culturale

Campus in Camps project dispatches, DOPPIOZERO (February – November 2012)

Book design and written intervention about Campus in Camps, A-Journal issue #0
Archiviazioni / ISBN: 978-88-909398-0-8 (online version)

Visual travel report from Signposts from a Contested Landscape, Arena of speculation

Book design, methodology analysis and diagrams in Nosadella.due | Journal 2007-2011,
Nosadella.due, ISBN: 978-88-906348-0-2 (download pdf)

Magazine design, editorial coordination and written journal in Decolonizing Minds, SISPA n.11

A Conundrum

Contribution: narrative, musical composition
A Political tale in form of fictional soundtrack. More →

European Student Card

Contribution: graphic and web design, web management and maintenance
Exchange online platform connecting higher education institutions in Europe and the recognition everywhere of the student status. More →

The Bearded street artist

Contribution: image editing, web design
The on-line archive of street artist and imaginative creator Andrea Casciu. More →

Sites and Concepts of Architectural Decolonization

Contribution: tutoring, graphic design, book design, web design and management
A web platform hosting on-going individual and collective research projects developed from the advanced postmaster course. More →

Poetics of a perfomer

Contribution: concept, web design
A website conceived to narrate the imaginary and the poetics of Manola Maiani, performing dancer and dance teacher. More →

Al Maeishah

Contribution: CO-foundation/conception/development/direction
A dialogical and learning environment to understand the challenges in making the common. More →


Contribution: naming, visual identity, graphic and web design, web management and maintenance
Well.B was a room & breakfast facility with interiors completely designed by OpenQuadra and Antonella Di Luca. More →

E-learning yoga from minerals

Contribution: visual research, visual identity, graphic and web design
An online yoga school based on the idea of yoga as a praxis of personal, intimate exploration akin to excavating a mountain in the search for minerals as mental forms. More →

Sì you ici!

Contribution: visual research, graphic design
The visual translation of the theoretical drive that steers theatre, art, and public activities, through the years at Atelier Si in Bologna. More →

A park in play. Common, public, private?

Contribution: project envisioning, networking with artisans, cultural operators and the neighbourhood, visual identity, workshop coordination
A project activated with a mixed group of commercial and social actors, willing to regenerate a park – reconcile work and leisure time – beginning with shared offices and an organic kitchen. More →


Contribution: foundation, brand identity, research on housing models, primary urban compositions, infographics and exhibit design
A startup founded with the aim of designing, developing and introducing into the market an innovative building system. More →

Learning from the Forum

Contribution: roundtable and editorial coordination, live visual thinking, visual composition
A workshop and a publication about the complex relations between refugees and citizens, addressing the question of representation of the refugee struggle within art and political realms. More →

School in Exile

Contribution: editorial coordination, editorial design
A publication developed during the residency at DAAR. It presented a site-specific and ad hoc design for the girls’ school in Shufat refugee camp. More →

To Collaborate is Bologna

Contribution: concept, exhibitory design, graphic design, coordination
A mobile exhibition aiming at disseminating the programme of collaborative agreements promoted by the Bologna Municipality at the citizens. More →

A / S = being atelier

Contribution: foundation, visual identity, web design, spaces reinvigoration
A theatre company that conceives and produces theatre plays, performances and workshops. It co-produces exhibitions, performances and hosts art residences as well as public meetings at Sì. More →

#occupygezi – an imaginary tribute

Contribution: research
A visual tribute to Gezi People by re-publishing a selection of the evocative images collected during the revolts. More →

The Garden: Making Place

Contribution: editorial and research coordination, project proposals
A Campus in Camps initiative displaying the Al-Feniq Cultural Center development that emerged from the desire to create a common place for the camp community. More →

An agency in refugee camps

Contribution: coordination, visual design
A series of maps and a game/exhibit meant to display the work of UNRWA, an agency committed to deliver spatial and infrastructural developments in the refugee camps. More →

Collective Dictionaries

Contribution: artist in residence, editorial coordination, editorial design, activation, writing
The reference and conceptual framework for all Campus in Camps projects and interventions in the form of a series of publications containing definitions of concepts. More →

A-Journal / issue #0

Contribution: live visual thinking, editorial design
A publication developed for Archiviazioni, a platform for artistic and multi-disciplinary research and production that works mainly in South Italy, as an outcome of a mobile editorial unit at Corniolo Art Platform. More →

Camps of Wisdom

Contribution: coordination, radical pedagogy, diagrams, visual thinking
An ensemble of sharing, debating, planning, walking and doing together. The development of an environment that sought collaboration as a way to advocate for reciprocal responsibilities. More →

Design in the Third Space

Contribution: visual identity, web and furniture design
An experimental educational programme aiming to elaborate with the participants a narrative/representation of what Palestinian refugee camps and their inhabitants are today. More →

Spazio &

Contribution: foundation, coordination, communication
A project house co-inhabited by diverse professionals active in the field of architecture, engineering, design, photography, visual art and communication. A space open to the city hosting workshops, exhibits and musical events. More →

Re:bus mapping

Contribution: coordination, co-creation, interviews, explorations
An explorative game, playing with interviews and movements in the city, aiming to build an anti-map. Through walks, relations and instant inventiveness it traces new temporary cognitive paths. More →

100% Market / Process in exhibit

Contribution: coordination, diagrams, graphic and exhibit design
An exhibition in the Urban Center of Bologna of the outcomes, methodology and visions that sprang from the project 100% Mercato delle Erbe. More →

100% Mercato delle Erbe

Contribution: coordination, graphic design, urban intervention
An experimental project that for three days transformed Bologna’s city market (Mercato delle Erbe) into a place open to art, collective food, investigations and relations. More →


Contribution: foundation, coordination
The genesis of an association aiming for urban regeneration and multidisciplinary approaches. 6 people exploring the river’s history of Bologna and its harbour, in search of a dialogue with the city. More →

Nosadella.due | Journal 2007-2011

Contribution: visual research, book design, live scribing
A publication developed for Nosadella.due exploring and visualising the methodology developed by the art residency and a public presentation with live visual thinking. More →

Decolonizing Minds

Contribution: blogging, editorial coordination, editorial design
A publication developed for the Italian Society of Pscycho-Social Sciences for Peace. Its aim is to present Decolonizing Architecture’s proceedings to Italian researchers, with interests in fieldwork research. More →

Signposts from a contested lanscape

Contribution: photography
A photographic exploration of visible and invisible signs that captured the banality of landscapes where an excruciating oppression is nested. A permanent exhibition and a publication in an online magazine. More →

Prophanating symbology

Contribution: artist in residence, visual research, graphic design
The iconography for DAAR’s identity and research, later used for the cover of the book Architecture after Revolution, published by Sternberg Press. And more… More →

How to re-inhabit the house of your enemy?

Contribution: book design, exhibit design
Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency exhibit at the 11th Istanbul Art Biennale. A display of the five points of DAAR’s research in a large heavy format, appearing like holy books. More →

A bespoke design hub

Contribution: foundation, design, art direction
A physical and online project house established to deliver bespoke and integrated planning, spanning from graphic to architectural design. More →

De sidera / Dis land

Contribution: digital art
A visionary travel through photography and digital art. A journey from roots to outer space. More →

Inclusion Refugees Network

Contribution: co-creation, web design, onboard editorial unit
A journey over 12 days by caravan through Italy to raise awareness of the condition of asylum seekers and refugees in the Country, and to achieve a better and more effective integration of the asylum seekers in society and labor market. More →

Relation:Ships – mapping territories

Contribution: coordination, webdesign, media management, p.r.
A temporary agency to retrieve information about seafarers in all the ports of Italy. A primary research on Port Authorities, Maritime Agencies and local Seamen’s clubs – online and in an art gallery – through an installation. More →

Porto una Nuova Città

Contribution: tutoring, coordination, graphic design
An exposition inside a container about the reality of the seafarers, collecting observations and mixed media from a group of students to disseminate the message to the inhabitants. More →

The welcome of seafarers in Venice

Contribution: research, project proposals, editorial design
My thesis in Architecture and the basis for designing and realising the Seamen’s club at the Venice harbour. From an in-depth analysis about the world of seafarers to a series of both ephemeral and permanent interventions, conceived to welcome and recognise the seafarers who land every year. More →

Ms3 – 100 days of relation with the city

Contribution: naming, co-creation, web design, urban interventions
A project run through a series of community-based public art interventions aiming to give the city of Mestre a positive projection – a displacing imaginary for the future, a web of new relations able to endorse a change. More →


Contribution: naming, logo design, web design, coordination, writing
An editorial unit run by students of architecture based on a website, aiming to build an alternative place of debate around architectural and spacial issues. A cultural association engaging with community-based practices and visual communication. More →