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Italian Design Day – MILANO Contemporary



Italian Design Day – MILANO Contemporary

An evening dedicated to exploring contemporary Milan’s architecture and design, with Stefano Boeri, founder of the Stefano Boeri Architetti Studio and President of the Fondazione Triennale, in conversation with Peter Eisenman, American architect and theorist, founder of the Eisenman Architects firm based in New York.
With a presentation by Noemi Bonazzi, contributing editor of the American design magazine August Journal, which dedicated its first issue to the city of Milan.
Moderate by Matteo Milani.


Stefano Boeri

Full Professor of Urban Planning at Politecnico in Milan, Boeri has been a guest professor at various universities, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Strelka Institute in Moscow, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Stefano Boeri is director of the Future City Lab (FCL) of Tongji University in Shanghai, a post-doctoral research program which explores the future perspectives of metropolis.
Since February, 2018 Stefano Boeri is Chairman of Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, one of the main cultural institutions in Italy, staging exhibitions, conferences and events on art, design and architecture.

He was director of the international magazines Domus (2004-2007) and Abitare (2007-2011) and published many books, among which Biomilano. Glossario di idee per una metropoli basata su biodiversità (Corraini, 2011), Fare di più con meno (il Saggiatore, 2012), A Vertical Forest. Instructions booklet for the prototype of a forest city (Corraini, 2015) e La città scritta (Quodlibet Edizioni, 2016)

Boeri Architetti’s work ranges from the production of urban visions to the design of architectures and open spaces, including several waterfronts, such as Naples, Trieste, Genoa, La Maddalena, Doha, Marseilles and Thessaloniki, with a constant focus on the geopolitical and environmental implications of urban phenomena.

The focus on the relationship between city and nature led to the creation of Vertical Forest, the prototype of a sustainable residential building with facades covered with trees and plants: a model of metropolitan reforestation that conceives vegetation as an integral element of architecture. Realized in Milan in 2014, the Vertical Forest received many international awards. Introducing the concept of biodiversity in architecture, Boeri kept working on the development of the Milanese model and on urban forestry and presented his project of Forest City at the Paris United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in 2015, becoming one of the main actors in the debate on climate change and architecture.


Noemi Bonazzi

Noemi Bonazzi was born in Milan, where from 1976 to 1980 she worked at Galleria Salvatore Ala. In 1981 she moved to New York, where she worked for artist Keith Haring as well as a number of art galleries, among them the Philippe Daverio Gallery where she was Director. She has been set decorator on horror movies, a style editor at House & Garden, a set designer, and art director for photographers. Her work has appeared in Italian and American Vogue, Wallpaper, Architectural Digest, the New Yorker, and the New York Times, among others.
She was guest editor of August Journal - a biannual international travel magazine focused on architecture and design founded by New York-based publisher Dung Ngo - for the first issue dedicated to the city of Milan.


Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman is an internationally recognized architect and educator whose award-winning large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational Institutions, and series of inventive private houses attest to a career of excellence in design.

Prior to establishing a full-time architectural practice in 1980, Mr. Eisenman worked as an independent architect, educator, and theorist. In 1967, he founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), an international think tank for architecture in New York, and served as its director until 1982.

Mr. Eisenman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among other awards, in 2001 he received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Smithsonian Institution’s 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. Popular Science magazine named Mr. Eisenman one of the top five innovators of 2006 for the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals. In May 2010 Mr. Eisenman was honored with the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, awarded in Jerusaleum.

Currently the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at the Yale School of Architecture, Mr. Eisenman’s academic career also includes teaching at Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, and Ohio State universities. Previously he was the Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union, in New York City. He is also an author, whose most recent books include: Written into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004 (Yale University Press, 2007) and Ten Canonical Buildings, 1950-2000 (Rizzoli, 2008), which examines in depth buildings by ten different architects.

Mr. Eisenman holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Columbia University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University (U.K). He holds honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Chicago, the Pratt Institute in New York, and Syracuse University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Architecture by the Università La Sapienza in Rome.


Matteo Milani works at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP in New York since 2006 as Associate Partner. He graduated in Architecture at Politecnico in Milan where he also received his Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Planning. He is one of the leading designers for the project of Palazzo Lombardia in Milan. 



Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : ICI

Entrance : Free

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Italian Cultural Institute of New York