Who we are

MOCA is an “experimentation laboratory” founded in 2013. The team members have met in self-building construction sites and share a common passion for new and eco-friendly technological solutions which are tailored for customers with “tight budgets” for building their homes.  

MOCA’s group researches and experiments on the diffusion of DYI self-assembling “kits” of eco-houses. These structures are low-cost since they are made out of local materials and are certified as both low-energy consumption and environmentally low-impact buildings. The modules can be assembled by at most two non-skilled people with only basic equipment and a step-by-step construction manual.   

The project fits the system of self-building to the European context, as the construction methodology is in line with both European laws and the need of local communities to tackle their housing needs more effectively through more sustainable solutions. Self-building techniques allow the formation of a “plurality of the workforce” which reduces the dependence on welfare benefits, the total construction costs and encourages the spread of knowledge and professional skills.
Finally, self-building is also highly adaptable to the cultural, climatic, productive and economical context in which the work is undertaken.   

MOCA’s experience enables direct experimentations in the field through the “teaching and learning by doing” approach, which is both innovative and rooted in traditional local knowledge and resources.

Michele is an architect who graduated in Milan in 2010, with a dissertation on the use of straw-bale technology for building construction. He has been the partner of Edilpaglia since its foundation and has worked for several years in Spain, where he has gained experience in self-building through participation in local projects. Michele has worked for several years in Trentino, where he has designed constructions using wood and lime-hemp materials. Since last year he has lived in Quito, Equador, where he works as a site-manager using local and low-cost materials.  Currently he is a lecturer in charge of two modules in “Appropriate technologies” and “History of architecture” at the University of Quito.

Massimo is a “jack of all trades” and globetrotter interested in appropriate technologies and natural materials for construction. Over the last few years he has been collaborating with an NGO undertaking social housing projects in rural areas in Brazil. He regularly attends courses which promote the use of “raw-earth”, bamboo, straw and natural fibres as eco-sustainable building materials.

Carlotta graduated with a first class degree in engineering and architecture with a dissertation on the best construction technologies for the poor suburbs around Belo Horizonte (Brazil). She is currently attending an advanced course in “Habitat, technology and development” (Politecnico di Torino) while doing an internship in Rafaela (Argentina), in collaboration with AsF Piemonte. She also obtained a Masters degree in “Landscape design” from the IUAV institute. Carlotta frequently participates in a number of workshops and pro-active planning fieldwork projects, focusing in particular on the residents in urban suburbs. She is also interested in new construction technologies using eco-friendly and natural materials.

Matteo is an architect who graduated in Venice, with a degree in “Protection and Recovery of the Historical-Architectonic Heritage”. Since 2000 he has gained international experience by collaborating with the studio B.B.H.D Architectenburo BNA in Amsterdam (Holland) where he undertook the design and construction of social housing residences, schools and libraries. In 2010 he founded the Milan-based design studio “Radice Quadrata” with the engineer Raffaele Bettoni.

Raffaele is a civil and structural engineer who graduated in 2004 in Milan, where he has been working freelance for the last 10 years. In 2010 he founded the design studio “Radice Quadrata” together with the architect Matteo Tommasini. Raffaele also conducts research on wooden and bamboo structures, “0-kilometer” green buildings and self-building. He has participated in several workshops and activities on these construction methodologies.

collaborate with us

Currently collaboratig with MOCA

Ing. Stefano Pompei
Arch. Lionella Biancon
Ing. Costanza Tani
Gigi Rizzi
Martin Steiger