Design Diplomacy. Photo: Five Foot Photography

Remembering Enrico Taglietti: Design Diplomacy

DESIGN Canberra presented the Design Diplomacy program (which originated in Helsinki Design Week) for the first time in 2018, when the Italian Ambassador, Stefano Gatti, hosted a conversation between architect Enrico Taglietti and sculptor Silvia Tuccimei. Playful and intelligent questions challenged both the speakers and the audience to reflect upon design as a part of intercultural exchange. It was a memorable event which recognized Taglietti’s role in selecting the location of the Italian Embassy during his first visit to Canberra:

“On a September afternoon in 1955, with ‘the wattle and prunus in bloom, (and) the mountains sprinkled with snow’, Italian-born and trained architect Taglietti and his new wife Francesca arrived in Canberra in a Fiat 500.”

Design Diplomacy. Photo: Five Foot Photography