Rosario Talevi is a Berlin-based architect, curator, editor and educator interested in critical spatial practice (Rendell), transformative pedagogies and feminist futures. Her work advances architecture as a form of agency – in its transformative sense and in its capacity for acting otherwise (Schneider) and as a form of care – one that provides the political stakes to repair our broken world (Tronto).
Rosario is a graduate of the School of Architecture, Design & Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires. As a DAAD fellow (2011-2013) at the Technical University Berlin, she investigated the different design strategies and spatial practices that have been transforming Berlin’s undervalued, transitional and forgotten spaces.
Between 2019-2022 she co-directed Floating University, where she continues today to curate the Urban Practice programme and Climate Care, a festival engaged with theory and practice at the intersection of climate challenges, ethics of care and environmental humanities.
Rosario worked as a frequent collaborator with raumlabor_berlin (2016-2011) on projects including the Urban School Ruhr, Chicago Architectural Biennial and Dialog as Form at the White City Center, Tel Aviv. She was research curator for the practice-based project Making Futures Bauhaus+ and was co-editor of the resultant publication (Spector, 2022).
She has held teaching and research positions at the University of the Arts (UdK), the Technical University (TU) in Berlin, at the University of Buenos Aires (FADU/UBA). She was Guest Professor of Social Design (2021-22) at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg.
She speaks about her practice internationally, in both institutional and non-institutional contexts, acts as juror (EU Mies YTAA, 72 Hour Urban Action) and her work and writing has been widely published (UC Berkley Architectural Journal, MIT Press; Sternberg Press, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, DPR-Barcelona, Jovis Verlag, PLOT Magazine, uncube) and exhibited (Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Berlin, Architekturzentrum Wien, Depot Basel).
Rosario is a founding member of Soft Agency, a diasporic group of female architects, artists, curators, scholars and writers working with spatial practices. Projects with Soft Agency include Landscapes of Care Journal for the Copenhagen Architecture Festival and Caring, a public programme for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
In 2022, Rosario was a fellow at the Thomas Mann Haus in Los Angeles, California.
Currently, she is teaching an urban design research studio on Hybrid Infrastructures at the Technical University in Berlin
Single mother of Florentina Talevi (born 2003).