“Open! studio aperti” is the most important and widespread architecture event promoted by the National Council of Architects, Town Planners, Landscapers and Conservators (CNAPPC). At On May 24 and 25, Italian architectural firms will open their doors to the public, offering various events and meetings, with the aim of reminding all those who are interested and demonstrating how architecture is not only about experts, but is fundamental to improving the overall quality of life. In the 2018 edition, more than 750 studios from 92 different Italian provinces accepted the invitation of the National Council, offering a series of events and initiatives that saw a huge participation from the general public, with more than 40,000 visitors.
The common thread that links the various events organized within the framework of this major architectural initiative is that of “disseminating architectural culture and promoting awareness of the environment, landscape and territories”. According to Alessandra FerrariCoordinator of the Department for the Promotion of Architectural Culture and the figure of the architect, the initiative has been able to grasp and respond to a widespread need: “that architecture is for everyone. From a survey commissioned by the CNAPPC on the occasion of the National Congress, it appears that “architects are increasingly being asked to have a great ability to listen: to understand individual and collective needs, more and more concerned with participating in choices that concern the environment and the future of cities and territories”.
the Milan Arch Week takes place from May 21 to 26, a full week dedicated to architecture promoted by the Triennale Milano with the Politecnico and the Municipality of Milan, in collaboration with the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation and under the artistic direction of Stefano Boeri.
The title of the 2019 edition is Anthropocene and Architecture, in connection with the themes of the XXII Milan Triennale “broken nature” Organized by Paola Antonelli and until September 1, 2019. The various events of Milan Arc Week explore the central themes of the XXII Milan Triennale, from an urban and architectural perspective and with important international guests.
Among the main protagonists of the week, two Pritzker Prize-winning architects, Rem Koolhaas and Shigeru Ban, who will be in conversation with Stefano Boeri on Saturday May 25 at the Milan Triennale, reflecting on the evolution of architecture and contemporary urban complexity, based on their own works. The important issue of climate change was also explored during Ark Week, with a focus on the need to rebuild a relationship with nature, not just in a natural context, but in a much broader sense as that set of environmental, social, cultural and economic issues. The events offered go hand in hand with Future Fridays initiative, Swedish activist by Greta Thunberg second round of global mobilization efforts scheduled for May 24. For the occasion, the meteorologist Luca Mercalli will present an open conference on climate change, followed by the Fridays for Future Milan meeting hosted by Simone MolteniChief Scientific Officer of Lifegate and Stefano Boéri.
At the end of Milan Arch Weekin addition to what has already been mentioned Open! studio aperti initiative, the third edition of Milan Open House will also be underway, an initiative focused on motivating the public to discover the identity of Milan through its architecture. The initiative will take place on May 25 and 26, allowing visitors to visit hundreds of sites, historic and institutional buildings, as well as private residences and workshops of designers and artists, usually not accessible to the general public.
Images courtesy of Milano Arch Week photo by: Louis De Belle, Gianluca di Loia