The Camp

We Will Design: The Convivial Laboratory, BASE, Design Week 2024, From 16th to 21st April 2024, Milan.

From April 12th to the 23rd, BASE Milano presents The Convivial Laboratory — The Camp: designers, students, curators, and cultural workers, will live in a campsite set up on the Terrace.

The Camp is a collective experiment that wishes to create a meeting spot, combining the energy of the protest movements occurring in large urban landscapes, with the soft power of the counterculture operating in wild natural settings.

The notion of camping in tents as we mean it today originated in the early 1900s – between the two industrial revolutions – when the necessity to temporarily escape the grey atmosphere of the metropolis became a widespread urgency.

Tents, however, have also historically served as a symbol of protest, appearing in a variety of applications throughout history, including the Resurrection City of the Poor People’s Campaign of Washington in the 1960s, as well as in the Nomadic Furniture project by Hennessey and Papaneck released between the 1960s and 1970s. The shared desire to collaboratively reshape the world and its fundamental structures is common thread linking all these iconic interpretations of the tent.

We’re looking for new forms of coexistence and interdependence, based on principles such as cooperation, democracy, dialogue between cultures, equal dignity, and ecological responsibility. Is it possible to create different forms of interdependent relationships, contemplating our behaviours, feelings, and spatiality?


Base Team: Giulia Cugnasca, Agnese Da Col, Laura Pellini.
Parasite 2.0 Design Team: Carlo Costanzo, Monica Mammone, Stefano Colombo, Eugenio Cosentino, Luca Marullo.

Project supported by Le Roy Merlin

Production: Matteo Maggi, Factotum Allestimenti

Ph. Parasite 2.0