Bovisa Porosa models

Study process

1:250 site model

Bovisa Porosa’ students Dang Ngoc Anh, Laura Llorens and Soheil Tajik developed site model in 1:250 scale.
Other six groups worked on section models of Bovisa station in 1:100 scale.

E1 by Arturas Calyj, Jinxuan Wang and Fuat Uguz

E2 by Yi Pei, Mohammed Ramadan and Fabio Tamburini

R1 by Esteban Serrano Castello’, Mouna Ghedamsi and Dhaarini Rajkumar

R2 by Alexandre Marguerie, Amir Sheykhan and Vigan Zeka

W1 by Ekaterina Korshunova, Mimmi Mannila and Matteo Serra

W2 by Gamze Akyol, Niloufar Ghorbani and Lutuo Wang

Luis Basabe Montalvo_Making Process Public



THE CITY IS A PROCESS, and not a mere product. The city is furthermore a mesh of divergent processes, led by a big range of actors, which follow different directions, interests and values. It can be understood as an intense battlefield, in which different factions of capital, politics and institutions try to spatialize their concurrent power projects, but in which also disempowered citizenship and democracy have a chance to flourish.

In that sense, the city is too complicated to be “designed” as a result. Authorship does not seem to be the proper tool for the definition of large and complex urban environments, and architects, urban designers and planners have to rethink their role in the production of urbanity, in order to allow A BIG RANGE OF STAKEHOLDERS – public body, real estate developers and investors with different scales, co-ops and communities, and also citizens- into the urban negotiation. Only a city, which can be produced by all, can be really democratic.

The conventional apparatus of architecture and planning appears as highly inadequate to deal with such a complex system as the contemporary city has become. Product and object oriented, it fails to describe a reality, which has much more to do with processes and relations than with results. We need NEW TOOLS, able to describe and transform the production rather than the products, and the processes rather than the objects. We need new models, able to represent the different actors’ visions and interests, and to manage their intense negotiations on this new urban arena. Continue reading

Sebastian Adamo_Living Market

Material culture, consumption and  indeterminacy in the contemporary city

  1. Hypothesis.

We are quite clear about what kinf of food, supplies or clothing will go along with us the rest of our days, but we can not determine with certainty where or how we will reach them… The indeterminacy, precisely, has been slowly advancing on everything we had learned about the commercial exchange space. The speed with which our object system undergoes format changes without physical presence forces us to imagine new scenarios. The image associated with the market or its typological correlate has lost weight at the same time as the activities it contains have diversified. Its organization has stopped responding to a functional program -now overflowing and unstable- and its projection over time has been relativized until to the moment that having a market for a single type of consumption is no longer as reassuring as it used to be.

  1. Objectives.

The workshop “Living Market.” will be the ambit where these transformations will boost the construction of a new agenda for the trade space, thus obliging us to review the extent to which our project tools are still valid. The city -understood as the ideal laboratory where to test this notion of habitat- will be the area of ​​essay that will dialogue with these transformations.

  1. Exercise.

A building will be projected on the site where today the Gorla Market resides, a neighborhood in Milan that begins a process of incorporating new programs by opening up to the possibility of modifying its identity. It will not work as a building with a single programmatic purpose, it can be a market and -at the same time- much more. We will only project a property: a construction that is denominated in its notarial terms and not through its programs or functions. This kind of zero degree imposed as a starting point will aim to facilitate the appearance of unexpected uses and social groupings.

Paulo David Abreu_De Montel Stables, Build IN (and WITH) Time

01. The exercise arises from the confrontation between the physical transformation of a place, the operation in the peripheral space of the city and the underlying social experience.
With this assumption, and similarly to acupuncture, we propose a mode of absorption of the past, a use of memory as an operative element in the search for project alarm clocks. The aim is to test the importance of the slow course, time and face-toface analysis as a process of (re) discovery and understanding of forgotten places in cities that have in themselves the potentialities to be important orthoses in the urban fabric.
We propose speculation about programs emerging from past circumstances, but that have the potential to create a critical position in the present.
What are these moments of connection in the cities today?

02. The project process should be approached in four structuring

03. The development and submission of tenders shall meet the
following criteria:
03.01 Phenomenological analysis through a guided course
03.02 Morphological analysis of the place
03.03 Historical analysis of the place and the evolution / expansion of
the city
03.04 Synthetic model of the understanding of the urban structure and
the volume of the proposal
03.05 Dialogue and relation of the program with the city.

Abreu WS Abstract
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Neven Fuchs_Ten Points for Woking with the Adriano Corner Site

What is a school?
What is public space?
How could architecture of a school create public space accessible to the local community?
What is a garden, a court, a plaza? What could be the new forms of living public spaces?
How could spaces imbued with the spirit of learning conjoin the spaces of the city and ultimately the world?
How could we architecturally overcome the traditional separation between private and public and renew the school typologies?
How we as architects could still make meaningful public spaces simply by making strong and beautiful architecture?
We imagine to work with film and animation of spatial images. We think, film could work well here and help us to develop ideas of two different spaces simultaneously, the space of periphery and the space of architectonic construction. Film is a very strong medium. In film, space, time, feelings of people and atmosphere of places are rendered together. Usually film uses architecture. What we are proposing is to use film to create architecture.
The city is not what it used to be. It is everywhere, repeating, aggregating, superimposing. The periphery is not what it used to be, either. Rather, it is a condition made of the loose overlapping of architectural, economic and social aggregates. Continue reading

Georg Reinberg_A Love and Livable Place on the Periphery Through Architecture and Energy

I am convinced that architecture can contribute to improve the public space and enhance places that suffer from a lack of sociality, urbanity and formal order.
Especially urban areas at the periphery of cities like Milan will play a key role in the future; they can be seen as enrichment added to the traditional urban space, or as a failed development. Since the ecological agenda (climate change, environmental pollution, resource management, etc) is one of the most pressing challenge for the future and for the development of our cities. I think that solutions for those problems can be found in high quality architecture. This is one of the most powerful strategies to create a new and positive cultural identity in urban peripheral areas.
Too often, those areas suffer of luck of “identity” or are reduce to be “dormitory cities” without any productivity or any significant cultural activities.
Therefore I think that we might support those areas in building their “identity “, by creating public areas that house cultural activities and are energy productive.
The goal of the workshop will be the design of those “nucleus” of cultural and technical installations, which will provide people a positive vision of their future. New, local community centres, that allow people to get involve and contribute with new solutions to solve problems like energy production, community life and cultural activities. Continue reading

Bostjan Vuga_Bovisa Studio: Planting Publicness

The added value of an architectural object is its public space or the integration of a public space into its physical space. The public character, publicness of the architectural object, defines an object’s catalytic strength to impact its physical and social context.

Publicness is not only a result of a project brief requesting the housing of a certain percentage of public functions in the domain of an architectural object. It is, more importantly, the result of an architectural approach that integrates spaces for the general public into the architecture, spaces which don’t necessarily suggest predetermined uses. Publicness is the result of an architect’s ability to envision the wider effects of the architectural object on the individual and society.

Publicness is grafted into the architectural object. The graft is first accommodated in the object, then starts impacting the object’s operativity and functioning. Eventually, the architectural object is visited, perceived and experienced by the society more due to its publicness than to its primary intended use.

Publicness encourages increased use of a building by various individuals and social groups year round and throughout the day. It enables an increased usage of places and therefore avoids the creation of grey zones. Publicness makes the place!

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Schedule – MIAW 2018

Monday 15 January
15.00 - 17.00 - Hall Rogers

Opening Seminar 
Welcome and Presentation

Ilaria Valente 
Dean, School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction 

MIAW Theme Introduction
Carolina Pacchi Professor of Urban Planning, Polimi
Filippo Orsini, Gennaro Postiglione, Alessandro Rocca 
MIAW scientific committee

Keynote Lecture
Albena Yaneva University of Manchester, UK
Five Ways to Make Architecture Political

17.00 – 19.00 (WS rooms)
Brief on WS organization

Tuesday 16 January
9.15 - 17.15 Workshop and area survey
17.30 - 18.10 Speed Talk 2x20’- Room III.B
with Paulo David Abreu / Geir Brendeland chairman Gennaro Postiglione

Wednesday 17 January
9.15 - 13.00 Workshop
13.30 - 14.10 Speed Talk 2x20’Room III.B
with Sebastian Adamo / Bostjan Vuga chairman Alessandro Rocca
14.30 - 19.15 Workshop

Thursday 18 January
9.15 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 19.15 Workshop
13.30 - 14.10 - Room III.B
Lecture by Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright(Baracco+Wright Architects)
Robin Boyd: Spatial Continuity
Introduction by Gennaro Postiglione

Friday 19 January
9.15 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 19.15 Workshop
13.30 - 13.50 Speed Talk 1x20’ - Room III.B
with Luis Basabe Montalvo, chairman Bertrando Bonfantini

Monday 22 January
9.15 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 19.15 Workshop
13.30 - 14.10 Speed Talk 2x20’ - Hall Rogers
with Neven Fuchs / Georg Reinberg chairman Marco Bovati

Tuesday 23 January 
9.15 - 19.15 Workshop
Wednesday 24 January 
9.15 -19.15 Workshop 
16.15 - 18.15 Project preview
Simona Collarini ( Head of Urban Planning, Comune di Milano)
Corinna Morandi (vice-President, Milanese Architects' Association)
Anna Prat (Comune di Milano, Piano periferie)
Demetrio Scopelliti (Advisor for Urban Planning, Comune di Milano)

Thursday 25 January 
Closing Seminar & Finissage 
9.15 - 15.30 Exhibition Setup, Building 11, 1st floor
16.00-18.00 Talks and Drinks
Ilaria Valente 
Dean, School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction
Gabriele Pasqui
Head of Department of Architecture and Urban Studies
Filippo Orsini, Gennaro Postiglione, Alessandro Rocca 
Miaw Scientific Committee

MIAW 2018 Program Booklet PDF


Sebastian Adamo_Biography

Sebastián Adamo was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. He graduated from the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo in the Universidad de Buenos Aires (FADU-UBA) and continued his postgraduate studies in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona de la Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (ETSAB-UPC). He has taught in different institutions such as FADU-UBA and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and has been inivited to give seminars, workshops and lectures in various schools including the Royal Institute of British Architects (London), the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture (Chicago), the École Polytechnique Fédérale (Lausanne), the Fondazione dell´Ordine degli Architetti (Milan), the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (Madrid) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago). He is currently leading alongside Marcelo Faiden and Ricardo Fernandez Rojas the workshop “Taller de Actualización de Técnicas Proyectuales” within the scope of postgraduate studies department of FADU-UBA. Continue reading

Geir Brendeland_Biography

Geir Brendeland is a founding partner of the award winning norwegian architectural practice Brendeland & Kristoffersen Architects.
The office is the recepient of the prestigious Norwegian prize for Wood Architecture 2014
The office has won several architectural competitions and is recognised for their work with typologies, context and creating buildings showing innovative use of wood in architectural constructions.
The work of Brendeland& Kristoffersen architects has been met with widespread international recognition an has been etxtensively exhibited and published worldwide both in magazines and books. Geir Brendeland has given lectures about the works of B&K architects in most european countries. He has also been visiting critic at several universities.

Neven Fuchs_Biography

Neven Mikac Fuchs is an architect based in Oslo, Assistant Professor at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He has a broad international teaching experience frequently teaching, lecturing and taking parts in workshops and juries at various European and Japanese architectural schools. He was exhibiting at different architectural exhibitions, among others, at two Venice Biennales, “Venice Project” in the 1980-ies and “Common Ground” in 2012. He is a graduate from The FA University of Zagreb, where he was working several years as assistant professor. He practiced at Aalto’s office in Helsinki 1977-8 and doing a research work on Finish modern architecture in collaboration with The Museum of Finish Architecture. From 1979 – 83 he was a member of ILAUD under the direction of Gian Carlo de Carlo and Team 10, working as young assistant on the projects in Urbino and Siena. In 1983 he moved to Oslo, as teaching assistant to Prof Sverre Fehn at The Oslo School of Architecture. Continue reading

Georg Reinberg_Biography

Georg W. Reinberg, 1950, has his office in Vienna. Study at Vienna Technical University and Syracuse University NY, USA. Received grants from Schütte and Fulbright.
Arch. Reinberg leads a civil engineering office specialized in ecologi-cal green building. He has built more than 100 projects with high ecological stand-ards. His office specialises in research, design, planning and supervision of eco-logical building constructions since 1984.
Reinberg is visiting professor at the Danube University Krems “Centre for Construction and Environment”; lectures at the Technical University of Vienna ( MSc Program “Renewable Energy Systems”, “Green Building Solution”, inter alia.); and at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna (“housing” and “planning ac-cording to the climate”). He is member of the Board of Advisory Committee at the Danube University inter alia. He is also teaching and giving lectures internationally e.g. Latin-American, USA, Europe, China and Iran. Continue reading

Bostjan Vuga_Biography

Boštjan Vuga graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana in 1992 and completed the postgraduate masters course at the AA School of Architecture in London from 1993-1995.
Together with Jurij Sadar, they founded the SADAR+VUGA (S+V) office in Ljubljana in 1996, which in two decades took place as one of the critical European architectural practices with production and communication based on an open, integral and innovative concept. Their most acclaimed works include chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (1996), Central part of the National Gallery, Ljubljana (1996) Stadium and Multipurpose hall Stožice (2010) and Air Traffic Control Centre Ljubljana (2013). The office has received many national and global architectural awards (Bauwelt Prize, Iconic
Award, Archmaraton Award, Piranesi award, Plečnik Prize) and eight Mies van der Rohe nominations.

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Luis Basabe Montalvo_Biography

Founding patner of ARENAS BASABE PALACIOS arquitectos, an international firm based in Madrid, in which innovative, democratic and ecological concepts are developed for extreme forms of contemporary urbanity all around the world. Their work has achieved several international distinctions, such as the HOLCIM AWARD BRONZE 2014 or the EUROPAN Competition, in which they have been awarded six times since 2005. It has also been presented, published and exhibited in Germany, Austria, UK, France, Switzerland, Cyprus, Korea, India, Russia, Italy and Spain.
Associated Professor at the ETSAM-UPM in Madrid, and has been guest lecturer amongst other institutions at the University of Cambridge, CEPT University of Ahmedabad, and Uni Stuttgart. In 2014 he has held the Visiting Professorship “Contemporary City” at Politecnico di Milano.