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Highlights milan arch week 2018 | milan, world capital of architecture

milan arch week 2018
milan, world capital of architecture

On Thursday, April 5, at 11 am at Sala Alessi of Palazzo Marino (Piazza della Scala 2) was held  the press conference of the new edition of Milano Arch. Week. The event was attended by:

the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, the rector of Politecnico di Milano Ferruccio Resta, the Chairman of the Triennale di Milano Stefano Boeri  and the general secretary of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation Massimiliano Tarantino.

A week of debates, meetings, events and exhibitions on the future of cities.

After the success of the last edition, from Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 May, the Milan Arch Week is back, the week of events dedicated to architecture and the future of cities, promoted by the City of Milan, Politecnico di Milano and Triennale di Milano, in collaboration with the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation. With the second edition of Arch Week, for five days, Milan is confirmed as the world capital of architecture, involving the public in a busy programme of events open to everyone, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances, lectures with some of the most prestigious winners of the Pritzker Prize: Jacques Herzog, Toyo Ito, Kazujo Sejima, Wang Shu, and many others, important at the international level, as Bjarke Ingels, David Adjaye, Sou Fujimoto, Alberto Campo Baeza, Jeanne Gang, Patrick Blanc, Carrilho Da Graça, Ecosistema Urbano, Iñaqui Carnicero, The Decorators, Ensamble Studio.

The 2018 edition will have the title “Urbania, uno sguardo sul futuro delle città” (Urbanity, a look to the future of cities), and it wants to be a well-structured moment of reflection on the future of dynamics of architecture and contemporary urban complexity. A reflection that will take place in three of the most representative institutions for the formation of thought and debate about the city: Politecnico di Milano, Triennale di Milano and Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation.

Politecnico and Triennale will face the topics of the future of cities from a design and architectural point of view, by hosting the lectures of the great international architects, while Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation will explore their implications on the spaces of citizenship through the programme of About a City. Places, ideas and rights for 2030 citizens, a wide programme of talks, debates, shows and screenings that will start on Thursday 24th with a public lecture by Jacques Herzog. From the comparison between Milan and other international cities, the programme – thanks to the scientific curatorship of Stefano Boeri, Mauro Magatti and Salvatore Settis – will focus on three main challenges: the growing diversity and issues of coexistence, the rights of minorities, the access to services; the evolution of digital technology, the technological infrastructure and the immaterial dimension of the urban future; the main topic of sustainability and resilient and green-based approaches for urban planning in harmony with nature. Policy makers, scientists, philosophers, architects, writers, urban planners and scholars of international level, such as Cino Zucchi and Alberto Rollo, will discuss the connection between sustainable and inclusive development, urban transformation and citizenship. Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, from the scenic Reading Room on the fifth floor, it will be possible to take part in Veduta, artistic performance dedicated to the city and the perspective view of the urban landscape of mk, one of the most interesting international choreography companies, in collaboration with Triennale Teatro dell’Arte (Triennale Art Theater).

In particular the Order of Architects of Milan (Ordine degli Architetti di Milano), which has always been involved in the value of architectural culture and the city project heritage, will support Arch Week through a series of activities among which architecture itineraries dedicated to the Milanese works made by some important masters, from Giò Ponti to Marco Zanuso or Aldo Rossi, as well as the buildings constructed by the housing cooperatives, and an exhibition about the European Prize of Architecture Baffa Rivolta.

The Milan Arch Week programme will be enriched by the collaboration with some of the most relevant institutions in the Italian and international architectural and cultural landscape: from the Architect Registry to the Prada Foundation, from Artlab – Fitzcarraldo Foundation to the Strelka Institute of Moscow.

Milan Arch Week will also be an opportunity for dissemination of innovative policies about the city and the activation of the main cultural institutions of the city, compared with the contributions of international architecture masters and young emerging designers. Particular attention will be given to the issue of urban forestation, read as a main tool to fight against the climate change.

Milan Arch Week also aims to be a platform for meetings among citizens, professionals, administrations and companies, able to create an open and well-structured dialogue on urban transformation, sustainability, mobility, technological and social innovation. During the five days of the event, many reflections will develop around the question of public spaces and new cultural institutions: how they are born, how they develop, what relationship they can have with citizenship, how they can redefine the relationship between the centre and the outskirts.

The future of metropolitan areas will be analysed through important moments of debate between designers and national and international institutions.

Among the scheduled exhibitions at Politecnico, there will be the monographic exhibition on “Carrilho da Graça”, curated by Andrea Gritti, and “Remix”, curated by Marco Biraghi. On May 24th, at the Triennale, there will be “Luigi Ghirri. Il paesaggio dell’architettura” (Luigi Ghirri. The architectural landscape), a retrospective of the great photographer from Modena, curated by Michele Nastasi and by the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea of Cinisello Balsamo (Museum of Contemporary Photography). In the same context, a photographic exhibition, curated by Emilia Giorgi in collaboration with Merz Foundation, will show a point of view on the urban space in the Middle East, a focus on photography, science and architecture by Paolo Rosselli, and the pavilion e-flux Teatrino designed by Matteo Ghidoni – Salottobuono for e-flux Architecture (made thanks to the support of the FVG Region companies and the FVG wood supply chain, with the support and coordination of FVG Region and Innova FVG), in which interviews will be held with the great names of the project culture. The workshop programme, from Archive of Resistance, organized by IRA-C and Fosbury Architecture, to Kids as Architects of Tomorrow, by Parasite 2.0; there will be also an overview on the landscape world, by Matteo Poli and Sara Gangemi, and on the written word, by BookCity.

Arch Week will also be an opportunity to involve the students of the Politecnico di Milano School of Architecture – thanks to the scientific supervision of the Vice Rector Emilio Faroldi and the Dean of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering Ilaria Valente – that will present a selection of the best architecture theses, as well as some moments of in-depth analysis about urban transformation, such as the project “Ri-formare le periferie” (Re-forming suburbs) and the one concerning the Politecnico Campus.

Of course, this year too, there will be the contribution of “VespArch”, or find new urban routes while riding a Vespa. The trip will be built in collaboration with Artlab-Fitzcarraldo Foundation, Prada Foundation, Citylife and others.

These are the main foundations around which a wide programme of proposals is keeping to add new initiatives, in order to make of Milano Arch Week the main channel on transformation of space, of the view, thought and imaginations.



Main partner: Eni

Partner: Largo Consumo, Lualdi, Pessina, SEA, Unipol

Technical sponsors: Branca, Filiera del legno FVG, Piaggio


For further info:



Municipality of Milan

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Politecnico di Milano

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Triennale di Milano

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54words – Pr&press Office

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Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation

Francesca Esposito

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