Mario Benedetto Assisi

XXIX Cycle - (A.A. 2013-2014)

Home Institution: DA-UNIFE
Curriculum: Architecture (ICAR14)
Research Topic: Relation between interior & exterior spaces
Tutor DA-UNIFE: Antonello Stella
Tutor Polis University: Loris Rossi
Nationality: Italian



Mario Benedetto Assisi, Architect and PhD in Architecture and Urban Planninng at the University of Ferrara and Polis University of Tirana. He graduated in 2008 at the University of Ferrara with the thesis project “Testingrounds. Gateway Nationa Recreational Area, New York (USA)” awarded by the International Federation of Landscape Architects. He is a founding member of the office INOUT architettura, an Italian-based practice which concerns with architecture and landscape reaching various national and international awards. He is taking lectures, seminars and workshops in various Italian and European universities.

Research skills
Research by design | Architecture | Landscape | Tecnology | Inside-outside

Scientific activities



Doctoral research

Wall(les)s. Liminal environments between inside and outside

Wall(les)s is a research on architectural unconventional boundaries. Starting from the wall system, the thesis investigates solutions where its thickness becomes a place of relationship between the parts, generating hybrid territories and contents. The technological development and the obsession for security, comfort and energy performance of buildings, has further extended the contents of the limit, marking a shift from monolithic wall to a more layered and complex configuration. Moreover a huge amount of devices takes part of it and manages the exchange between the inside and the outside: natural and artificial thermal insulation, double and triple air chambers, heat exchangers, controlled mechanical ventilation, biometric and electronic access devices. The evolution and progress behind the constituent components of our buildings did not have the same impact in terms of typology and space organizations. To rethink the limit as a spatial threshold is to realize that inside and outside are not separable by just one wall or frame, and as such, numerous territorialities, scales, continuity and discontinuity, transparency and opac- ity in between can be integrated. An overall reflection on it, as a unifying element can call for a new integration between the parts unveiling unconventional relations between interior and exterior spaces, architecture and technology.

Wall | Boundary | In-between | Inside-Outside | Limit | Energy efficiency