Renzo Piano - Diogene


Diogene is a cabin designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano and RPBW for Vitra, a German furniture company. It is named after the Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, who lived in a barrel in the Athenian agora to reject the amenities of civilized life. It is 80 square feet (7,5m²) and its features include photovoltaic cells and solar modules, a rainwater tank, a biological toilet, and natural ventilation.

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Renzo Piano (born 14 September 1937) is an Italian architect and engineer, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1998. Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff said of Piano’s works that the “…serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world.” In 2006, Piano was selected by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was selected as the 10th most influential person in the “Arts and Entertainment” category of the 2006 Time 100. In August 2013 he was appointed Senator for Life in the Italian Senate by President Giorgio Napolitano.

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