From 12th to 18th June 2017, Milan will host the first edition Milano Arch Week, a week of events, meetings, performances, dialogues, readings and public debates dedicated to architecture and urban transformation. A large hub of events and initiatives, under the artistic direction of Stefano Boeri, which will have its centrepiece in the rooms of the Triennale of Milan and in Teatro Burri in Parco Sempione.
Milano Arch Week has evolved from the MI/ARCH festival, an idea that the Politecnico di Milano developed from the celebrations for its 150th anniversary in 2013 and one which in just four editions has made it possible for Milan to host internationally renowned architects who are changing the face of the world’s cities: from Rem Koolhaas to Kazuyo Sejima, from Grafton Architects to Peter Eisenman, from Daniel Libeskind to David Chipperfield, Cesar Pelli and Renzo Piano.
The most interesting voices of Milan’s and Italy’s architecture have also passed through the spaces of the Politecnico, the pulsating heart of the festival: from Cino Zucchi to Andrea Branzi, from Alessandro Scandurra to Italo Rota, in addition to a new generation of emerging architects.
The first edition of Milano Arch Week is based on the collaboration between three major institutions: the Municipality of Milan, the Politecnico di Milano and the Triennale of Milan, which are working in synergy to invite – to locations of contemporary architecture – the great visionaries of world architecture, and to open the city spaces, the studios, the editorial offices, the buildings, to create a widespread event, which will emphasise even more that Milan is a reference city for international architecture.
Milan was one of the world capitals of architecture already between the 30s and 70s of the last century. During that period, it was capable of exploiting the works of extraordinary Italian architects such as Giò Ponti, Emilio Lancia, Giovanni Muzio, Ignazio Gardella, Franco Albini, Vico Magistretti, Mario Asnago and Claudio Vender, Luigi Moretti, Aldo Rossi, Carlo Aymonino, just to name a few, until it became the Open-Air Museum of the best urban architecture of the twentieth century.
In recent years, Milan has returned to its position as a planetary epicentre of architecture and, thanks also to the importance of Expo 2015, the metropolis has undergone the simultaneous birth of new buildings designed by the great Masters of International Architecture.
Milano Arch Week wishes to open up to the city, to its cultural institutions, to other universities and educational establishments, to the world of publishing and of visual and plastic arts. But also to the neighbourhoods and Municipalities and to their institutions and associations, because architecture must always be a great popular set design, seen by everyone, and therefore everyone’s property.
Through this appointment, the Organization intend to additionally promote the extraordinary wealth of buildings, schools, architecture and design magazines, studies and professional associations which Milan hosts.
During the week from 12th to 18th June, a series of visits to studios, guided tours of the buildings and workshops have been scheduled, and at 21.00 there will be the main lectures by Italian and international architects held in the striking setting of the Salone d’ Onore of the Triennale and behind the scenes of the Teatro di Burri inside Parco Sempione.
Among the names who have already confirmed their presence, there are: the Spanish RCR studio, winner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, the American architect Peter Eisenman, Elisabeth Diller from the Diller & Scofidio Studio (New York High Line Designers), Francis Keré, an architect originally from Burkina Faso in charge of drawing the 2017 Serpentine Gallery’s summer pavilion in Kensington Gardens in London. The program also features a section on cinema and architecture with Amos Gitai and a photography and architecture section with Oliviero Toscani, in addition to a tribute to Aldo Rossi twenty years after his death and to Gillo Dorfles and much more besides.
see the full program here: http://www.milanoarchweek.eu