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a project by MADE PROGRAM


MADE LABS is the new educational initiative conceived by MADE Program (www.madeprogram.it), the brand new project of the “Rosario Gagliardi” Academy of Fine Arts, Syracuse (Sicily). This third edition of MADE LABS, curated by Studio Formafantasma and Moncada Rangel Architects, includes ten days of 5-day workshops and lectures, led by world-renowned creative Professionals and addressed to designers, architects and artists who are curious about new developments in their fields.


At The Fine Arts Academy of Syracuse – MADE Program
Via Cairoli, 20 – 96100 Syracuse – Italy
Some workshops and lectures will take place in other venues in the city.
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MADE LABS will happen from the 22th.JULY to the 3th.AUGUST

Who can partecipate?

MADE LABS is open to students as well as professionals worldwide.


The tuition language will be English.

Visa requirements?

Participants who require a visa for Italy are responsible for obtaining this visa in time.


Participants should bring their own lap-top computers. WLAN is freely available. Please ensure that all your equipment is covered by your insurance.



Made Labs are conceived as "high-intensity" labs. A unique formula that combines workshops and lectures under the guidance of important personalities in the world of design and architecture.


During the eight days of workshops and lectures, Made Labs will gather in one place prominent designers, architects and artists, coming from all over the world.


Made Labs will take place in the unique city of Syracuse, Sicily. Specifically in the ancient heart of the town, the island of Ortigia, a location where the remains of ancient history are the backdrop for daily life.


According to MADE Program philosophy, we have done our best to make a top-level educational experience affordable and accessible to as many people as possibile.


Upon successful completion of each workshop (35 hours of classes), MADE Program will issue 3 ECTS credits that can be transferred at the option of each student’s home University.



(borderless visions on design, architecture and visual arts)

In 1971 Victor Papanek published his seminal text "Design for the Real World". The book thoughtfully examines the necessity of addressing 'real human needs' as opposed to the 'invented needs' created by the market. Papanek clearly exemplified how design can be incorporated into many areas of life and how it can be a tool to fight social injustice. In the era of Trump's wall, Brexit, and waves of backward-looking populism, Papanek’s conception of design as socially inclusive and welcoming of multidisciplinary contributions is as relevant as ever.

In our unstable, soul-searching, confused Europe, constantly questioning the essence of its shared culture within the expanse of its territory and its ethnic diversity, climate change and diminishing biodiversity are still open to multiple contributions, and interdisciplinary exchange is simply a necessity. Indeed, the preservation of diversity goes well beyond the recognition of its beauty. Rather, it is urgent that we ensure the emergence of intelligent design proposals.

As normalization and cultural standardization persist in their attack on the rich diversity of vitality, for the 2019 edition of Made Labs, the city of Syracuse will welcome a group of designers, architects and artists who, each in their own way, celebrate inclusivity as an essential element of design. MADE Labs will be hosted in the main building of the Academy, a XIX century building, as well as other venues in the heart of the island of Ortigia, the historic center of Siracusa, Sicily.


1st slot

5-day workshop


27.JULY, 05:00 p.m.
at Salone Borsellino - Piazza Duomo 4, Siracusa

Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley
Jan Boelen

Leopold Banchini
Adam Broomberg with Hoda Afshar
Matteo Ghidoni
Fernando Laposse

(open to the city)

Free day: 24.JULY
(to visit Siracusa and Baroque Towns)

Final presentation: 27.JULY morning

2nd slot

5-day workshop


29.JULY, 05:30 p.m.
at Salone Borsellino - Piazza Duomo 4, Siracusa

Emanuele Coccia
Fiona Raby

Izaskun Chinchilla
MAIO Architects
Jorge Penadés
Thomas Thwaites

(open to the city)

Free day: 31.JULY
(to visit Siracusa and Baroque Towns)

Final presentation: 3.AUGUST morning


What the web says about 2019 edition

16 September


21 August

This Mexican designer is trolling xenophobes (and even biodesigners) with a single plant

15 August

Young designers: This daring Italian summer school should be on your radar

8 August

Ortigia design guide: Banchini, Cauderay, Faccin, Ghidoni and Laposse share their tips

24 July

This summer’s top five workshops

16 July


4 July

the made labs summer school brings the best of international design to the centre of Syracuse


Some photos from the past editions

Disegno ad absurdum

Design balneare

International waters

City as a stage

The caring city

A succulent voyage

The Baths

Teach yourself exile

The ear of Salvini

Prepare yourself for the unexpected

Through your eyes


Tribute to Jasper Maskelyne and the Magic Gang

Ultra_authentic ultramarino

The second Chimæra

Vernacular tourism

Deconstructing Reconstruction

Museification versus Life


We really love our partners. Particular thanks goes to those who made this initiative possible.
  • With the patronage of

    Comune di Siracusa
  • Main sponsor

    Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte
  • Technical sponsors

2017 edition

2018 edition

Ribbon 2019