Miaw 2015: Opening

Patio © Michele Nastasi

Atmospheres 2014 © Michele Nastasi

Monday 23 February
Opening Seminar
H 9.00 Aula Rogers
Ilaria Valente (Dean of the School of Architecture and Society; Polimi)
Gennaro Postiglione (School Board for International Relations; Polimi)
Grafting Milan
Cino Zucchi (Architect, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies; Polimi)
Re-Forming Milan, a Framework
Barbara Coppetti (Curator of Re-Forming Milan Program; Polimi)

Yury Grigoryan / Scalo S. Cristoforo


Is it necessary for every emptying space to be instantly refilled? Should every abandoned site be reconquered? Can architecture operate outside the idea of construction as a colonisating tool, and shift its focus to the delicate manipulation of void?

Periphery is filled with emptiness, awaiting to be mastered. Plans are stacking up and territories are “under development”. Too often, the current is overlooked and the future praised. Why not pause and appreciate this state of impermanence?

Raising these questions can help to overcome architects obsession of total dominance, and search for alternative modes of modest and perhaps imperfect interventions, seeking a relevant scale to the everyday reality. To that effect, we propose to focus our attention on micro-scale – dealing with trivial matters. It’s about petty items and differences, marks, shelters, joints and borders – small elements, whose details and dimensions introduce a scale of engagement and mediate the human body with its larger environment. Praising un-volumetric, invisible, timid, ephemeral – is how we seek to embrace the poetics of the everyday.

The goal of this workshop is to give participants a toolkit (technique) to achieve maximal impact by small gesture. More of a collection than curation, it will result in an inventory of “trivia” ideas and projects, made individually or in small teams, of different nature, scale, lifetime and anticipated effects.

WS.02 / Carlos Asensio Wandosell / Documents & Guide

ExCA / Ex Cinema Adriano Reuse – Documents to download

WS.02 Guide – printable on both sides, A4 format (“booklet printing” option on your pdf reader)
Bastard Store handbook – to print or download on your tablet and carry to Lorenzo Bini’s lecture at Bastard Store – 24/02 h.15:00 via Scipio Slataper 19
Original drawings 1947-1949
Dwg drawings

Workshop room:
Building 11 / Via Ampère, 2 – 20133 – Milano (MI)

Angela Koch / Biography

Angela Koch, Director Imagine Places
Angela is an accomplished project, programme and process designer and facilitator. She founded ImaginePlaces in 2010. The work she gets involved with, and importantly how she approaches it, builds on 15 years of hands-on expertise in gathering a wide range of stakeholders at the heart of the urban design, planning and delivery process. She is interested in urban change on the neighbourhood scale, neighbourhood planning, design codes and co-designing – always involving many stakeholders – and the complexities of town centres and high streets.  Angela speaks, publishes and teaches on plan-making best practices, co-design tools and town centre performance. She co-wrote ‘Paved with
Gold – the real value of good street design’, is a National Neighbourhood Planning advisor for Locality and the Royal Town PIanning Institute – Planning Aid England and a Professional Member of the Prince’ s Foundation for Building Community. She is the founder of the 
London Neighbourhood Planning Gathering initiative. Affiliations:  Royal Society of Arts, Academy of Urbanism, Prince’s Foundation for Building
Community, Bartlett Planning School/UCL, Politecnico di Milano Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, Urbanistas uk.

Angela Koch / Via Padova: Co-designing the public space with local people and other users

Angela Koch, ImaginePlaces 

Host: Carlotta Fontana, DAStU 

Public Spaces are arguably the most important part of our shared ‘urban’ lives. It is difficult to imagine an attractive city, town or neighbourhood without busy public streets and squares balanced by perhaps more calming parks and garden experiences. The challenges around designing, programming and maintaining attractive Public Spaces are often related to the diverse range of needs that need be negotiated and co-exsist: the full and complex spectrum of urban users and the growing/living things such as trees, plants and bodies of water. This set of diverse sometimes conflicting user needs and priorities does change during the course of a day, a week and the seasons while rarely changing its principal spatial extent and form. Streets and spaces show great persistence in time; are cherished; often defended by local users against change and they are part of a continuum – a network of public streets and spaces.

Our workshops will explore and perhaps unearth some of those complex characteristics of public spaces, user needs and conflicts as well as wishes and ideas for improving public spaces in one of Milan’s most diverse neighbourhoods: Via Padova. We will be working together with local and citywide stakeholders on design briefs, concepts and ideas that can help  improve the attractiveness and vitality of public spaces and perhaps strengthen the role of public spaces in economically, socially and culturally diverse neighbourhoods. Weather permitting, some of our shared work will be developed in situ so discourse and interaction with local users through rapid feedback loops are enabled and embedded in local contexts and day-to-day experiences. At the heart of our design process are conversations with users and stewards e.g. those that look after public spaces, deliver event and activity programms, are in charge for instance of traffic management, public works and security.

Our ambition is to translate the gained insights into propositions and interventions that reflect well on what we learn from local users and stewards as well as our understanding of what might support the creation of more attractive, looked after and well used public spaces.

Roberto Bottazzi / Urban Data Lab – Urban Design in the age of Data

As 75% of all processors manufactured are not installed on desktop or laptop computers, computation is no longer solely identified with computers but increasingly woven with the fabric of everyday life. As digital technology increases in computational power and user-friendliness, portable devices will be more ubiquitous and tuned in people’s needs and desires to their environments.

Whilst fields as diverse as music or the military have already capitalised on such radical advancements, architecture and urbanism are still largely unaffected by this revolution. Architects still see themselves as the solitary creators of static physical objects seeking to single-handedly control urban experience.

Urban Data Lab challenges this outdated vision to investigate how digital tools can be implemented in the design process to change how we see, intervene, and experience cities. Issues of technology, control, participation, representation, and, of course, design will be interrogated through group design proposals.

The proposed site is the AGIP station in piazzale Accursio and its surroundings. The building was designed by Mario Bacciocchi in 1951 and it was intended as standardized prototype to promote AGIP image all around Italy. The powerful architecture recalls the values of Italian futurism and express the spirit of the economic boom and its technological and industrial achievements. It is part of a constellation of similar objects spread around the city, suspended in time and space, asking for a new metropolitan role.

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Roberto Bottazzi / Biography

Roberto Bottazzi (Dott.Arch., MASA) is an architect, researcher, and educator based in London.

He has studied in Italy and Canada before moving to London. His research analyses the impact of digital technologies on architecture and urbanism. He has lectured and exhibited internationally including: UK, USA, China, Italy, and Portugal. He’s research co-ordinator and Master tutor at the Royal College of Art and M.Arch lecture at University of Westminster both in London.

Luis Basabe Montalvo / Biography

LUIS BASABE MONTALVO is 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.

Luis is 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.

Jean Mas: Pièce Urbaine/Urban Fragments


The model of the European city, designed as a city that assembles and integrates,  is becoming weakened and marginalized”. (1)

Instead of planned cities, from the Greek city to Haussmann Paris or Milan, they have become saturated, abandoned territories. The models that formed the city over the years are now obsolete. The theoretical base has given way to debate where very disparate ideas and transcriptions can be juxtaposed to compete, unfortunately, in a logic of spectacular objects, as wonderful as they may be.

Starting with the French repertoire of utopian or developed urban projects within the ongoing debate about the Grand Paris, from “La ville franchisée” by David Mangin to the “l’ilôt ouvert” by Christian de Portzamparc, on the vast Caserma Montello site we shall endeavour to revisit the contemporary “Pièce Urbaine” concept by Henri Ciriani that aims, in part, to restore faith in the emergence of a coherent and co-ordinated urban project, even at large scale.

Starting with the initial analysis of the context, then a joint preliminary study of the site and its characteristics, the elaboration of the overall design strategy and criteria will be formulated by the whole group with designated, methodical tools.

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Jean Mas / Biography

Architect D.P.L.G, University of Paris 7 and University of Paris 8 graduated in 1984Since 2000, Jean Mas is founding partner of Ateliers 2/3/4/ and since 2005, the planning consultancy Faubourg 2/3/4/.  He was Consultant Architect 1991-94 to the French  Ministry of Equipment, Transportation and Tourism.

Lecturer at the Geneva School of Architecture 1991-95, he is currently Lecturer at the Val-de-Seine School of Architecture. He has extensive teaching experience especially abroad at the architecture schools of Milan, Bangkok, New York, Seoul and Helsinki.

In his early years, Jean Mas worked in the New York office of Richard Meier with whom he was in association during the 1990’s to undertake several headquarter buildings, for example, Canal+ in Paris. He also worked with Philippe Stack as designer, then later in Japan at the end of 1980’s and, currently with Ateliers 2/3/4, he undertakes projects in France and Vietnam.

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Marcio Kogan / House for a special client


What if the clients of a new house were characters of great European movies of the XX century? Wouldn’t it be a privilege to design for these characters which we could have observed in intimacy? We can only imagine the dreams and dream together with these clients that have made us dream other times. We decode the desires and suggest new ways of living.  The poetic and enigmatic dimensions of these character-clients free us from silly suppositions .

The home is a type of monument to the quotidian. Designing a house is simultaneously paying homage to the daily activities of those who live there, who will continue transforming the space throughout the years. The house designed by an architect brings, from its beginnings, the DNA of its owner, reinterpreted. Here we are also talking about cinema.

The proposal of the workshop suggests that the students make a house for the life of one of the selected characters: the office director of the movie Playtime by Jacques Tati; the boy Johan (now older) of the movie Silence by Ingmar Bergman or three clowns by Federico Fellini.

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