SustainArt: Building a Sustainable Future through Architecture and Arts in Peccioli


SustainArt: Building a Sustainable Future through Architecture and Arts in Peccioli

February 21, 2024 - April 30, 2024

February 21, 2024 – April 30, 2024
Exhibition Opening
Education Hall Gallery, Long Island, NY
1:30 PM

The exhibition runs through April 2024.

Partnership and Research Project: SoAD-Peccioli with the support of the IDC Foundation.

Curators: Maria Perbellini, Alessandro Melis, Marcella del Signore, Christian Pongratz, Nico Panizzi
Organization: Susan Sternberg
Design: Mike Saad
Video Production: Kevin Park

The collaboration between the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology and the town of Peccioli in Pisa, Italy, represents a distinctive opportunity for research, professional collaboration, and educational endeavors. This partnership not only advances academic research but also contributes significantly to the broader discourse on sustainable urban development, circular economies, and the transformative role of arts and architecture in creating inclusive communities. The impact of this initiative extends beyond academia, fostering innovation, and meaningful social change in alignment with the UN 2030 Agenda.

Peccioli Model Town
The primary aim of this initiative is to underscore the research significance and the impact of the partnership, with a particular focus on Peccioli as an exceptional urban living laboratory model. Peccioli is considered a paradigmatic case study in environmental sustainability practices, successfully applying circular economy principles and a pioneering social community project. Its remarkable journey in minimizing inequality and democratizing access to arts and architecture has earned it international recognition and acclaim.

Environmental Sustainability
This exhibition documents the innovative sustainable strategies implemented by Peccioli in exceptionally effective waste management. Peccioli's model for advanced waste landfill systems and treatment plants was presented at the Architecture Venice Biennale in 2021 and 2023 in exhibitions curated by SOAD.

Social Energies
The exhibition also highlights how Peccioli's social model showcases the potential of architecture, arts, and technology to eliminate inequality and promote social inclusivity. It demonstrates the social benefits of accessible arts and architecture and their impact on educational practices at New York Tech.

Sections of the Exhibition

Section 1

Peccioli as it is perceived by the world. This section features international architects, planners, and institutions who have engaged in creative research or have been profoundly influenced by Peccioli's pioneering model. The exhibition explores the global impact of Peccioli's groundbreaking approach in the field of architectural ecology and urban resilience.


  • Christian Pongratz, Maria Perbellini, Dustin White (New York Institute of Technology)
  • Marcella Del Signore (New York Institute of Technology)
  • TAMassociati
  • Eric Goldemberg
  • Jesus D’Alessandro/ Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)


  • Miriam Barbosa
  • Wilson Zhou

Section 2

A Glimpse of Peccioli in New York and the Future of the Built Environment In this section, the exhibition showcases the interdisciplinary perspectives of international creative artists, spanning from architecture to digital arts, comic art, and music, who have made significant contributions to the unique Peccioli cultural movement. Their work also reflects Peccioli’s social energy and creative talents.


  • Riccardo Burchielli
  • Vittorio Corsini
  • Fabio Frizzi
  • Alessandro Zannier
  • Fabio Montorzi

Join us for the opening of this important exhibition at the New York Tech, Education Hall Gallery on February 21, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 2024.