Matera in the Seventies: Cooperativa laboratorio Uno S.r.l. Design and education in Southern Italy

This research highlights the character and specificity of the teaching experience of Laboratorio Uno held at the end of the Seventies in Matera, under the direction of Mario Cresci. The analysis of the documentation found and testimonies of ex students, highlight the need for a different design training in the South of Italy, than that outlined in existing national and international educational models. Central to the reflection are the role of local material culture, its rituals and the deeper meaning of ordinary objects that represent it.