”Architecture is a crystal”
Pirelli, a century and a half of projects for the future
Pirelli has been behind some of the great urban transformations and innovations in Milan: the district where the Pirelli Tower stands, the Bicocca area to the north of the city, and the project for the world’s first metropolitan greenway (from Milan to Monza).
1. The Pirelli Tower: a building and a symbol, which turned 60 in 2020 and is as contemporary as ever thanks to its structure that, like a crystal, is traversed by light and that illuminates the city at night. We will study the architect Gio Ponti’s masterpiece with its diamond-shaped plan, designed to improve the conditions of those who inhabit it.
2. The Bicocca district: from the fifteenth-century villa from which it takes its name, to the historic cooling tower that is now the heart of the Pirelli Headquarters. Through videos, photographs and stories we will discover how the area has been transformed, all the way to the project created by the architect Vittorio Gregotti.
Activities: The students will play the part of tourist guides, creating interactive maps with a wealth of content to share with lots of new visitors.
The course will take place entirely online and will be in the form of two live meetings.