CA+AT is an international traveling program founded by Francesca Cigola that focused on the study and dissemination of contemporary architecture in its intersections with art, landscape, and curatorial practices. It started from a interdisciplinary research in Architecture School on factories, industrial landscapes, outdoor museums, alternative exhibition spaces. This still ongoing research was first published in 2013 in  the book “Art Parks. A Tour of America’s Sculpture Parks and Gardens” (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013; Milan: Sassi Editore, 2013) and several articles appeared on various media outlets.

After many years spent researching on the American Landscape, between Summer and Fall 2019 I went back visiting the American North East and traced an imaginary line that connects outdoor museums in the Hudson Valley all the way to the MassMoca.

In Spring 2019 I organized a private visit to Detroit, a key case study on the decline of modern industrial city and landscape, that is now a laboratory of innovative ideas about urban regeneration, land use, art experimentation, urban policy making. Industrial architecture – and the resulted landscape – is a field of research I have developed since my Architecture Master’s Thesis “Designing the Factory: Places, Spaces Architecture between Technological Innovation and Environmental Sustainability” and that has greatly influenced the creation of art fields, leisure spaces, buildings and land innovative reuse, new infrastructural landscapes, environmental practices in architecture, art, curation since the Sixties.

In Spring 2017 I traveled to Marfa (Texas), another seminal case study of the intersection of art, architecture, landscape included in “Art Parks”.

Continuing a Japanese Journey that has started in 2013 (Tokyo, Kyoto, Miho Museum and Campus), and again in 2014 (Tokyo, Kyoto, Benesse Art Sites and Noguchi Museum), in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 I went back exploring the innovative Setouchi Triennale & Benesse Art Sites in Japan on the islands of Naoshima, Teshima, and Inujima, and nearby art sites, including the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum and Awaji Island; and the more remote Echigo-Tsumari Art Field.

Read Francesca Cigola full reportage for Design Milk (the media partner for the 2017 tour) here:

Off the Beaten Path. Experience Modern Architecture in Japan

2017 partner


CA+AT Founder and Program Curator

Francesca Cigola is an architect, writer, educator, and curator based in New York. Her research, articles, and book “Art Parks. A Tour of America’s Sculpture Parks and Gardens”, (Princeton Architectural Press | Sassi Editore, 2013) focus on the curatorial practice in the field of contemporary architecture, art, and landscape. She is the co-founder with Matteo Milani of m[h]ouselab, a creative platform based in New York that promotes architecture and design through research, editorial, exhibitions projects. She is a contributing writer from New York for Domus, Domusweb, and member of the International Committee of Paysage Topscape. Her writings and work have been featured in international architecture, design, and art magazines including Elle Decor, Il Post, Design Milk, Constructs Yale Architecture, The Art Newspaper, Arte Magazine, Art+Auction, Corriere Della Sera, Life+Times, International Sculpture Center, among others.