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The Company Past and Present

Pirelli, a century and a half of company history

The history of Pirelli is that of one of the longest-lived multinational corporations in Italy. Founded in Milan in 1872 as a brilliant idea by Giovanni Battista Pirelli, a young graduate from the Politecnico University of Milan, it now works in 12 countries with 19 production plants. By looking at and reading the rich documentary heritage preserved at the Pirelli Foundation, this workshop retraces the main events in the company’s development in terms of its production and organisation, paying particular attention to the most recent digitisation processes. A story of people, technology and a capacity for innovation that has made Pirelli one of the greatest agents of change in industry, in Italy and around the world. A corporate culture that combines science and humanism.

The course will be held entirely online and will consist of one or more meetings, depending on the needs of the teachers and students.

The course can also be followed by a thematic guided tour in the Lavazza Museum in Turin

For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org

Corporate Communication

Pirelli, a century and a half of corporate culture

Promoting the historical, scientific and cultural heritage of a company is essential for sustaining its growth and continuing to innovate even after 150 years. The Pirelli Historical Archive holds more than three and a half kilometres of documents dating from 1872 to the present day. One of the key tasks of the Pirelli Foundation is to open up this heritage not just to the over 30,000 employees but to everyone across the world – a vast audience that, in particular, includes historians, graphic designers, engineers and architects. Exhibitions, webinars, guided tours and educational workshops, refresher courses for teachers, events to promote reading, and publications and concerts all help understand Pirelli’s corporate culture.

The course will be held entirely online and will consist of one or more meetings, depending on the needs of the teachers and students.

A look at some of the subjects and documents selected for this course

For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org

The Architectures of Industry

Pirelli, a century and a half of industrial architecture The Pirelli Tower, the transformation of the Bicocca district in Milan with the former cooling tower, now at the centre of the company’s headquarters, and the factory in the cherry orchard in Settimo Torinese. All these cases will be examined, using the documentation preserved in the Pirelli Historical Archive, so that the students can learn about the contribution of great architects such as Gio Ponti, Vittorio Gregotti and Renzo Piano to the evolution of workplaces during the course of the twentieth century. The course will be held entirely online and will consist of one or more meetings, depending on the needs of the teachers and students.

For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org

Evolution and Processes in Industry 4.0

Pirelli, a century and a half of innovation and technology Since 1872 Pirelli has introduced great scientific and technological innovation, thanks to the constant commitment of thousands of people who work every day in the Research and Development laboratories around in Italy and in the various company sites around the world. The aim of this workshop is to find out about the development of the first Italian company to produce rubber objects, and to see the complexities involved in creating a tyre, from selecting sustainable raw materials through to production in Industry 4.0 facilities. The students will study the main process and product innovations introduced by Pirelli over the course of its 150-year history. The course will be held entirely online and will consist of one or more meetings, depending on the needs of the teachers and students.

For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org

Stories of Graphics and Design

Pirelli, a century and a half of corporate communication Going back over the most iconic advertising campaigns to investigate the intense, constant interaction between the company and the graphic artists and designers who helped create the distinctive Pirelli style. The workshop explores and retraces the development of Pirelli’s visual communication. From the artistic advertisements of the early twentieth century to the creations of the great names of Italian and international graphic design in the 1950s and 1960s, through to the global campaigns of the 1990s and the latest graphic productions. Images, videos, logos, slogans and new lettering but also objects produced by the Pirelli factories thanks to its highly qualified partnerships with the great masters of industrial design. The course will be held entirely online and will consist of one or more meetings, depending on the needs of the teachers and students.

For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org

Business in the Photographer’s Lens

Pirelli, a century and a half of corporate photography A workshop to investigate the close bond between photography and business by directly viewing the rich variety of photographic treasures at the Pirelli Foundation. Buildings, products, people, services, and events immortalised by photographers working at the turn of the twentieth century, such as Luca Comerio and Vincenzo Aragozzini, through to the great names of contemporary photography who have created the Pirelli Calendar, by way of masters such as Ugo Mulas, Federico Patellani, Aldo Ballo, and Arno Hammacher, whose works bear witness to the profound transformations of Italy in the post-war period. Reflecting on the relationship between documentation and artistic creation, the students will also be able to learn about the conservation, management and promotion criteria adopted by the Pirelli Foundation.   The course will be held entirely online and will consist of one or more meetings, depending on the needs of the teachers and students.

For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org