“Italian Architecture Now – Balancing Tradition, Modernity and Context” is the educational tour we conceived for students of architecture and design.
This study trip we run from 21 to 31 May 2018 has been specifically designed to give students of architecture and design an opportunity to experience and learn about how new Italian Architecture is integrated in the historical and traditional context.
The focus of the educational tour was visiting and experiencing key buildings of Italian Architecture – both historical and modern – to give students the opportunity to gain insight into how Italian architectural style has evolved from the past to the present while maintaining overall cohesiveness and continuity
The course had two main elements: the first, visits to selected examples of Italian architecture in the area around Milan, Venice and Treviso. The aim of this visits was to help expand students’ knowledge of formal and underlying aspects of Italian architecture that leads to modern structures that blend in or resonate with the surrounding structures which includes review of old buildings that have been refurbished for modern usage. During these 10 days we have visited Fabrica and Canova Museum in Treviso, Punta della Dogana Museum in Venice by Tadao Ando, Brion Tomb in Altivole, Olivetti showroom and Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice by Carlo Scarpa, Fondazione Prada in Milan and Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice by OMA.
Two days have been spent visiting Freespace at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.
In Milan we had a architecture tour of the iconic buildings of the XX century. The Milanese solution to be traditionally modern: the Novecento style, with architecs like Gio Ponti, Muzio, Portaluppi and their unique sense of Italian style: from Pirelli Building (Pirellone) to Cà Brutta, form Palazzo Montecatini to Castello Sforzesco and the restoration of the 50’s by BBPR, the new installation of Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo, in the new wing restored by Michele de Lucchi. Among the temples of contemporary life: Fondazione Feltrinelli by Herzog & DeMeuron.
The second element was an opportunity to understand the basic theoretical principles of architecture followed by some of the leading architecture studios in Milan.
The architecture studios that hosted us for a lecture had been: One Works, Tectoo, aMDL Michele De Lucchi Studio and Iosa Ghini Associati
Each studio arranged interactions around one of their projects: at One Works, the managing partner Leonardo Cavalli presented the design and development process of project City Life Square.
At Studio De Lucchi students interacted on the design and development process of the refurbishment of Pietà Rondanini room at Palazzo Sforzesco and other main projects with the architect and art director Giovanna Latis while arch. Barbara Delucca manager at Iosa Ghini Associati Milano presented their People-Mover Project in Bologna. Andrea Peschiera founding partner of Tectoo, a newly born architectural design firm and former partner of Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), presented the refurbishment and conversion of the ancient Angst Hotel in Bordighera into a residential building.
DAY 1 | Meeting with the students at Brera Design Apartment and Visit to Ca Granda – Statale University by Filarete and refurbishment by Liliana Grassi