Gianluca Stasi is an architect graduated from the Università la Sapienza de Roma (2005), and Ph.D. for the Universidad de Sevilla (2018). He developed his training through a long-term apprenticeship within the Cal-earth institute (California) better known for the “superadobe” technique. In 2010, he founded his studio, Ctrl+z, that has supported and developed collaborative, participatory and low-tech initiatives worldwide. In 2017 his professional career has been recognized by the Curry Stone Design Prize, an international award that seeks to “highlight, honour and reward the professional careers of those who work architecture from a social approach to contribute to the improvement of daily living conditions of communities around the world“.
Ctrl+Z’s develops a practice between research, experimentation and construction of social projects on real scale. Their architectural proposals are linked by social and bottom-up processes within local communities, with locally sourced material. The studio works on a wide range of projects from public space to community infrastructures, from industrial building recovery to urban gardens facilities, form recycled materials to ephemeral architecture.
In its practice, Ctrl+z analyses cities from urban and social perspective. Both define the space and its use by their relationships and hierarchies. This system constitutes the core of Ctrl+z’s architectural processes to promote inclusive and resilient initiatives..
Ctrl+Z’s proposals have been part of architectural exhibitions, among which the official exhibitions of the Italian Pavilion of the XV Biennale d’Architettura di Venezia (2016) and of the I Biennale d’Architecture de Lyon (2017).·