In the Footsteps of Vittorio Gregotti
Discovering the Bicocca Area
The architect Vittorio Gregotti in the 1990s envisioned a profound process of re-urbanisation in what was called the Progetto Bicocca.
In the 1990s the architect Vittorio Gregotti turned 90 in 2017, Milan, his adopted homeland, put on a great birthday party for him. The venue was, of course, the Bicocca district, which in the 1990s had undergone a profound process of re-urbanisation, as envisioned by Gregotti in what was called the Progetto Bicocca.
The Milanese were shown the historic significance of the project when the Pirelli Foundation – together with the University of Milano Bicocca – organised a series of tours in January and February 2018 around the places that had been transformed by the architect’s pencil into symbols of a new way of understanding the city in the third millennium. The tours included the Pirelli Headquarters, built around the old cooling tower, and the former Pirelli Pneumatici industrial buildings, numbers 44 and 66, transformed into the U6 and U7 towers of the University: a fascinating tour through past and future, offering a unique view of a changing city.