The vertical city
From the Pirelli Tower to the Bicocca Headquarters: in historical documents and virtual reality
Some of the great changes that swept through the city of Milan in the twentieth century were brought about by the urban projects launched by Pirelli, which has always had close ties with these places ever since it was first set up. From the first factory, which was built near the central station but destroyed by bombing raids in the Second World War, to Gio Ponti’s skyscraper, which was built on the site and made history, and which is now turning 60, through to the complete transformation of the Bicocca area, first a centre of manufacturing and then of research, where the Pirelli Headquarters – designed by the architect Vittorio Gregotti – now stands. The students will be able to take part in team games, group projects, and guided tours and, by examining historical documents, they will be able to see photographs and watch auteur films, thus reconstructing the history of these changes.
The course will be held online and may consist of a number of events (with a maximum of three encounters) depending on the needs of the teacher and the class. It will also be possible to arrange an in-person guided tour of the Bicocca district.