Architensions (ATE) is an international architectural design studio operating as an agency of research led by Alessandro Orsini and Nick Roseboro and based in New York & Rome. The studio looks at architecture and design with a perspective rooted in site- specificity to envision modes of collective engagement, living, and cultural production. Architensions works at the intersection of theory, practice, and academia, focusing on architecture as a network condition in dialogue with the political and social context to create new possibilities for the contemporary city.
Architensions works at the intersection of theory, practice, and academia, focusing on architecture as a network condition in continuous dialogue with the political and social context and aiming to creating new possibilities for the contemporary city. Our search for an aesthetic is an ever-changing process grounded in drawings, collages, sketches, and models. We like discrete geometries and grids, but we constantly seek new interpretations of their spatial outcomes. Researching and teaching for us is a mode of practice, not just in the academic space but also in the studio.
We believe in a pedagogical approach to practice; we design, and we learn at the same time. We expand our practice through writing, to critically connect the ontology of our work with the discourse, and curating to index the diverse architectural trajectories of our time. We see design as a way to define fields of action for the built environment that reconnect urbanism and architecture through processes that promote inclusivity and challenge the paradigm of architecture as a financial tool.