Corinna Del Bianco
Corinna Del Bianco (Florence | Milan) PhD in Architectural, Urban and Interior Design, with a research on forms of living in Pemba in Mozambique (Dwellings and Settlements in Pemba, a typo-morphological field study in a changing urban environment) at the Politecnico di Milano, where, since 2015, she has tutored the Urban Design for Development course. Since 2014 she is assistant professor at the Josai International University of Tokyo and in 2016 she was invited to hold workshops by the Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (Baku), the Toyo University (Tokyo) and the Tohoku University of Art and Design (Yamagata).
She is board member of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, and since 2015, has directed the activities of the International Institute Life Beyond Tourism® for the development of territories through travel for intercultural dialogue. Here she develops research and educational activities on the topics of the Life Beyond Tourism Model and Movement.
The research conducted is two folded: from one side the research related to travel as an opportunity for the promotion of dialogue among cultures and from the other the mapping and analysis of self-built forms of living in developing contexts. This found its origins during the master thesis under the supervision of Stefano Boeri and Pier Paolo Tamburelli. Up to date it consists in three case studies: a residential block in a favela of Sao Paulo, Brazil (published by Pacini Editore, Pisa, 2014 with the name Jardim Filhos da Terra), the Pok Fu Lam neighbourhood in Hong Kong and four neighbourhoods of Pemba, Mozambique
Since 2009, she has collaborated with Italian and international architectural studios (Emmanuel Cros Architect, Paris; MDU Architetti, Prato; Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milan; Stefano Gambacciani Architetto, Florence; Buro Ole Schereen Architecture, Beijing).
In 2015 she was appointed Ambassador for Tourism and Tsuyahime Rice by the Yamagata Prefecture (Japan).
She periodically publishes the results of the research in books and articles.
Alesia Koush is an art historian specialized in the protection of cultural heritage, illicit trafficking in cultural goods and right to culture, with the expertise in Value Education aimed at favouring human development.
In her academic career, she pursued Masters in Politics and Administration of the European Union (College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium) and subsequently in Human Rights, Migrations and Development (University of Bologna, Italy). After a series of professional experiences in the field of culture (Association of the Italian UNESCO World Heritage Cities and Sites, Max Planck Institute for the History of Art, UNESCO Office of the Municipality of Florence, etc.), she currently collaborates for the Heritage Community Life Beyond Tourism® conceived by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation® for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and peaceful coexistence among people, of which she is also Member of the International Board of Experts.
In the framework of the Foundation’s activities, she conceived and coordinated two editions of the international workshop “Value Education for Culture, Peace and Human Development” – the homonymous theme of her multiannual research, on which she publishes articles and participates at international conferences. She also participates in various social, cultural and environmental projects, being part of such organizations as ICOM, ICOMOS, UNESCO Centre of Florence Onlus, Rights of Nature Europe and North East for Child Rights Forum (India).
One of the last students of Fosco Maraini, to whom he is linked by the feeling of deep respect. Expert of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco for the Far East. Former Curator of the Oriental Sections of the Stibbert Museum in Florence. Associate Researcher at CNR – ISC (National Research Council – Institute of Complex Systems).
Graduated in Oriental Languages and Literature (Japanese) with the thesis on “Evolution of the Japanese Sword from Protohistory to the Modern Age”. Curator and member of scientific committees of exhibitions related to the Oriental Sections (Japanese and Islamic) of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, held both at the national and international level (Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Japan and the USA), curator of the respective catalogues (both as Author and as Unique Curator).
Consultancy and collaborations for national and international museums (Vatican Museums, National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome, Oriental Museum of Venice, Royal Armoury of Turin, Venaria Reale, Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, Metropolitan Museum of N.Y., National Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas, University Museum of Athens, Georgia, Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, Wereld Museum, Rotterdam, Netherland).
Selected by ICCROM to attend two International Courses on Japanese Laquer URUSHI in Japan (Tokyo and Kiso) organised by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and NRCPT (Independent Administrative Institution, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo) in 2005 and 2007.
Won the Andrew Mellon Fellowship in 2009 at the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
His interests are mainly concentrated on the management of cultural heritage for its proper study, use and enjoyment as a vehicle of understanding of cultural diversities and roots of different cultures; educational and training aspects related to the above themes, as well as the principles of proper conservation, restoration, study, cataloguing and management of oplological collections with particular reference to materials and evolution of the Defensive /offensive weapons during the periods of XI-XIV, XV-XVII, XVIII-XIX centuries.
Stefania Macrì has a degree in Political Sciences (communication field) at the University of Florence with a thesis on Marketing Communication applied to social themes. She made researches on social campaigns with a comparison of action processes between profit and no profit companies. During her studies she analyzed the techniques of communication with a focus on sociologic and cultural aspects of the actual modern societies. She started a professional path based on the knowledge of different cultures aiming at defining proper communication strategies and action plans by using the traditional and new media combined together.
She’s been organizing events since 2009 and she works in the field of Digital Marketing in the Life Beyond Tourism Movement.
Eleonora Catalano is a linguist and translator, specialized in English, Spanish and Japanese. She graduated from the University of Calabria with a thesis on the influence of Japan and the haiku poems on the Anglo-American Imagism and she furthered her studies with a Master course in translation at the University of Florence.
She has been collaborating with Life Beyond Tourism since 2016, for the organization of intercultural events and courses and she is currently contributing to the dissemination of the Life Beyond Tourism Movement and the management of the Movement’s official portal www.lifebeyondtourism.org.