Stefano Boeri architect, was born in Milan in 1956. He graduated with honours in 1980 from the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico of Milano and in 1989 received his PhD at the IUAV University in Venice, Italy.
Currently he is Professor of Town Planning Urban Design at the Politecnico of Milan. He has given courses and lectures in many international universities and he has been a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Universi- ty Graduate School of Design (GSD), at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, at the Strelka Institute in Mo- scow, at the Mendrisio Architecture Academy, Switzerland and at the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Switzerland.
Stefano Boeri has been recently appointed as Director of a post doctoral research program at the Tongji University in Shanghai, where he is developing an international research platform called Forest City Lab (FCL), a multidisciplinary lab exploring the future of the cities under the perspective of biodiversity and ur- ban forestation, as an answer to the climate change crisis, with the support of the Italian Politecnico of Mila- no and of TU Braunschweig in Germany.
He was recently appointed to be part of the Scientific Board of the Galleria Degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy, a palace and Italian classical art museum, along with Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings De- partment at The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Carl Brandon Strehlke, Curator Emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
He is currently the Director of the web platform theTomorrow (www.thetomorrow.net), which promotes an exchange of ideas on European culture. This platform has managed to create an open network of commu- nication between scholars, politicians, artist and a general audience, in order to discuss issues on art, mi- gration, education, and creativity, among the authors there are: Emiliano Battista, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Okwui Enwezor, Camille Henrot, Martin Schulz, Adrian Piper, Tzuchien Tho, as many others, and the project has been present in the Venice Biennial of Architecture (2014) and in the Venice Art Biennial (2015).
In the period between July 2014 and October 2015 he was Counselor for Culture and Major Events for the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella; he was in charge of the Artistic Direction of the “Estate Fiorentina 2014”, an urban summer festival with live music, theatre performances, and several cultural projects settled by local organisations.
In April 2013 he participated into the international working group “New Narrative for Europe”, a project desi- gned to give a voice to the artistic, cultural, scientific and intellectual communities to articulate what Europe stands for today and tomorrow, an event promoted by the European Parliament and by its president Jose Manuel Barroso.
In the period between April 2011 and March 2013 he was appointed Head of Culture, Design and Fashion for the city of Milan, developing projects such as: Piano City Milano and BookCity Milano, both projects are still celebrated once a year; contemporary art exhibitions for internationally renowned artists such as Marina Abramovic’s performance of The Abramovic Metod in PAC (Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea), Alberto Ga- rutti retrospective, and Jeff Wall exhibition entitled “Actuality”. All this in addition to the major and classical exhibitions of Picasso at the Palazzo Reale (the most visited exhibition in Italy in the year 2012), the show Bramantino in Milan at the “Castello Sforzesco” and the effort to improve and relocate the exhibition of “La Pieta Rondanini”, one of Michelangelo’s last sculptures dated back to 1552.
From 2013 he is the artistic Director of MI/ARCH, an International Festival of Architecture promoted by the Politecnico of Milan. Until today it has involved more than 60 speakers ranging between architects, artists, and photographers, among which: Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, Elizabeth Diller, Steven Holl, and many others. He was also the artistic Director of the International Festival of Architecture FESTARCH, which was held in Cagliari (2008 and 2009) and Perugia (2011 and 2012).
In 2011 he was Curator for the research “Sao Paulo Calling”, promoted by he Housing Secretary of Sao Pau- lo, which organised an extensive international network of research on the phenomenon of informal settle- ments. Taking into Sao Paulo, Brasil the experience of other informal settlements around the world, such as Rome, Nairobi, Medellin, Mumbai, Moscow and Baghdad.
He was the Director of the international magazine DOMUS from 2004 to April 2007 and from September 2007 to April 2011 he directed the magazine ABITARE. Working with DOMUS, he developed a unique intel- lectual platform to discuss architecture; for the magazine there were articles and interviews ranging from Hans Urlich Obrist, Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard, Bruno Latour, Jean Paul Chevrier, Bruce Sterling, to artists as Phillipe Parreno and Maurizio Cattelan. As part of the activities under his direction, site installation and intervention events where developed in collaboration with multidisciplinary groups of artists such as: “Free Zone” (2006) at the Manzoni Cinema with the participation of the director Amos Gitai, the musician Ennio Morricone and the photographer Gabriele Basilico, “Circular” (2005) at the San Siro Stadium with the parti- cipation of the director and writer Alejandro Jodorowsky, the architect Yona Friedman, the musician Arto Lindsay & The Carnival Band, and the artist Cao Fei, between many others, and “Transient” (2004) at the “Cartiere Binda” with the musician Ludovico Einaudi and the photographer Armin Linke.
Between 2002 and 2006 he was the Managing Curator for the architecture section of the Triennale of Milan. In 1996 he was a consultant of the Commissioner Pietro Derossi in the occasion of the International Triennial XIX, entitled “Identità e Differenza”.
In 1993 he founded a research agency for territorial investigation based in Milan, called Multiplicity (www.- multiplicity.it), concerned about contemporary urbanism, architecture, visual arts and general culture throu- gh which he promoted research and exhibitions on the transformation of the inhabited territories that have been presented in many museums and exhibition venues and international universities. Multiplicity was in- volved in three major research projects: “USE-Uncertain States of Europe”, a research on territorial tran- sformations in contemporary Europe, presented for the first time as part of Mutations, Bordeaux, 2000; “So- lid Sea”, a study of the Mediterranean presented at Documenta11, Kassel 2002 and “Border-Device(s)”, a research into the proliferation of controversial boundaries in the contemporary world, produced within the exhibition Territories at Berlin Kunst Werke and Utopia Station, Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art 2003
Multiplicity publications include: Mutations, (Actar, Barcelona 2001, with various authors), Mutations, (TN- Probe, Tokyo 2000, by various authors), Geografie und die Politik der Mobilität, (Generali Foundation, Vien- na 2003, by various authors), USE Uncertain States of Europe (Skira, Milan 2003).
Boeri is author of numerous articles published in international magazines and numerous books including:
• A Vertical Forest, Corraini, Milano, 2014
• Fare di Più con Meno (with Ivan Berni), Basic Books, Milan 2012.
• Anticitta’, Laterza, Rome, 2011.
• Glossary of Ideas for a Metropolis Around Based Bio-Diversity, Corraini, Mantua, 2011. • Cronache dell’Abitare (with multiplicity), Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 2007.
• USE. Uncertain States of Europe (with multiplicity) Skira, Milan, 2002.
• Mutations (with Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist) Actar – Arc en Rêve, Barcelona – Bordeaux 2000.
• Sezioni del Paesaggio Italiano. Gabriele Basilico and Stefano Boeri. Scalo, Zurich – Berlin – New York,
• Il Territorio che Cambia, (with A.Lanzani and E.Marini) Segesta, 1993, Milan