OBR Open Building Research was established in 2000 to investigate new ways of contemporary living, creating a design network between Genoa, Milan, London and New York, further extended to Mumbai and Accra.
The Team of OBR develops its experimental line through the participation in international projects involved in public-private social programmes. Their research is focused on urban design promoting - through architecture - the sense of community and individual identities.
The founding partners Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi worked together with Renzo Piano. They link their professional experience with the academic world as guest lecturers at Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Kent State University, Helsinki Aalto University, University of Oulu, Academy of Architecture of Mumbai, College of Architecture of Pune, Università di Genova, Politecnico di Milano, Domus Academy, Luiss, La Sapienza, Università di Messina, Università di Trieste, Mimar Sinan Fine Art University of Istanbul and Hacettepe University in Ankara.
OBR’s projects have been featured in international exhibitions, including at 10th Biennale di Venezia (2006), Architecture: Where to, London (2007), V Bienal de Arquitetura in Brasilia (2007), XI Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires (2007), AR Award Exhibition in Berlin, Budapest and Seoul (2008), China International Architectural Expo in Beijing (2009), Shanghai International Expo (2010), UIA 24th World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo (2011), International Green Building Summit in Istanbul (2012) and Energy at MAXXI in Rome (2013).
- OBR has been awarded with AR Awards honourable mention for Emerging Architecture at the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects in London (2007), Plusform award for Best architecture realised by young architect under 40 (2008), Urbanpromo by INU Istituto Nazionale Urbanistica (2008), Gold Medal finalist for Italian Architecture at Triennale di Milano (2009), Europe 40 Under 40 in Madrid (2010), In/Arch and Ance premium in Rome for the best completed project in Italy designed by young architect (2011), Leaf Award overall winner in London (2011), WAN Award Residential in London (2011), Green Good Design Award in Chicago (2012) and Ad’A Award for Italian Architecture (2013).
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