Download the Press Release for the Italian Design Day 2020

Date and time

5 November 2020
12pm - 1pm PST / 9pm - 10pm CET

The Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West, and ITA – Italian Trade Agency Toronto are organizing a free webinar featuring a world renowned Italian designer  that will take place on November 5th, a date dedicated to the yearly celebrations of Italian design all around the world by all Italian institutions.


Online Webinar – “Proximity vs Social Distancing”

 A conversation with Arch. Francesco Fresa of Piuarch



According to us, architecture is the space that is created between one building and another. Indeed, what is more important is how much it is able of generating with its shape, shadow, and shape in an urban space. The latter is a crucial theme for the future of design, however contradicted by Covid-19 which sanctioned a new verb, social distance: living urban space by measures. Now that we have returned to live in the city but under the aegis of restrictions, what will be the new “rituals” of shared life? It will be necessary to rethink cities by redefining the concept of proximity as an alternative to social distancing. Even in design, we believe it is right to start from human interaction, an essential value of our lives, no matter how smart we want to imagine them.