Open Events of MIAW 2023!


We are happy to invite you to the open events of MIAW 2023!

Within the framework of annual Milano Arch Week AUIC School in collaboration with Triennale Milano has organized on 9th June a morning of five Speed Talks with guest professors of MIAW 2023. The conference will be a sequence of presentations during which professors will speak about their work and about ideas related to the topic of the workshop.

The final important event of MIAW 2023 will be the exhibition with the projects of five ateliers, the opening of which will take place on 16th of June in AUIC school. It will be open till 30th of June.

We are looking forward to see you all on our open events!

More details on the flyer.



Helder Casal Ribeiro is a Portuguese architect graduated from FAUP in 1992. In the same institution he has obtained also his Ph.D. in Architecture in 2013. Since 1999 he lectures in Design Studio of FAUP and is currently an auxiliary professor and head professor of 1st year Design Studio in Master Course. In the Ph.D Program in Architecture, co-headed courses, with participation of Monique Eleb, Cármen Espegel and Txato Sabater and coordinated FAUP´s Open Courses “100 years of housing” and “Dwelling in Europe”. Since 2020 he is a professor in
“Project Thesis Seminar”, option “Housing Project and Ways of Inhabiting”. Helder Casal Ribeiro is also a visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano in Mantova campus and in ABC Ph.D programme of Leonardo Campus. He develops professional activity since 1992. Has received National Award IHRU 2008_Construction for Social Housing Project in Porto.
Founder of “Fpoetics®_laboratorial hub”, and co-founder of curatorial collective “MATTER. The white conferences”. He is a researcher at CEAU in group “Atlas da Casa” with “Multi-family Dwelling: Theory, Design, Didactics” and
“Transference and Identity” projects, where currently researches the modern condition and its reflexes in the contemporary architectural scene. Currently associated to the research project “SIZA baroque”, funded by public agency that supports scientific research in Portugal (FCT).



Filipe Magalhães (Porto, 1987) graduated in architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura do Porto. He collaborated with Harry Gugger in Basel and Sanaa in Tokyo. Filipe co-founded Fala in 2013 and is currently a phd researcher at FAUP.
Besides his current teaching positions in Lisbon and Milan, Filipe is regularly invited as a teacher, guest critic and lecturer to various international schools and institutions. Fala’s work has been exhibited and published widely in biennials, single and collective exhibitions and printed media.



Born in Santander(Spain), Eduardo Pesquera González from an early age was determined to become an architect because of his interest in technique and his desire for organization. He moved to the capital in the 80’s to study at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

After finishing his studies in 1989, he began to collaborate with well-known architectural offices, and in parallel started his own professional studio in Madrid.

In 1994 he obtained the Architecture Scholarship through a public competition for a one-year stay at the Spanish Academy in Rome, which marked the start of his doctoral research on the contemporary operability of the design mechanisms of architecture from the past.

Upon his return from Rome, he obtained the position as Associate Professor of Architectural Projects at the School of Architecture of Madrid, a teaching activity that he combines -as it could not be otherwise in this discipline- with his own office, currently in Cantabria, Madrid and Mexico City. The work of his studio has been awarded prizes on more than 50 occasions, disseminated in exhibitions, magazines and books of international prestige. A work of varied programs with a common denominator: the resolution of issues intervening on complex systems, acting on most occasions in the purposeful update on architectures of the past.



Antje Freiesleben born in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, studied architecture at Hochschule der Künste of Berlin from 1985 to 1993. In 1994 with Johannes Modersohn she founded the Modersohn & Freiesleben studio. Since 1995 she has been a member of the Chamber of Architects of Berlin and from 1998 to 2004 collaborated with the Department of Urban Planning and Design of UDK. She has been an invited professor in various prominent institutions such as the Bauhaus University in Weimar and University of Siegen.



Born in Italy and growing up between the West Indies and East Africa, Paolo Cascone is an AA-trained architect with a Ph.D. at the intersection of environmental engineering and sustainable architecture. He is the founding director of CODESIGNLAB and Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of Westminster in London, where he is also leading research on eco-digital construction and off-grid housing solutions. His work on ecological design and performative architecture has been exhibited and published widely. Paolo is the scientific director of the African Fabbers project recently displayed at the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture (May 2021).



Amazing closing meeting for the end of Miaw 2021 edition.
The institutional greetings by the Dean of our AUIC School, Prof. Ilaria Valente, and by the Rector’s Delegate for Internationalization of our Politecnico, prof. Stefano Ronchi, was followed by an interesting speech by Pierfrancesco Maran, Councilor for Urban Planning, Green and Agriculture of the Municipality of Milano.
The works, moderated by Prof. Camillo Magni, showed the multiplicity of interpretations that the area of the Porta Romana.
Quick presentations made by each Atelier were introduced by their own professor, who shortly have defined the horizons, the approach, and the organization of the works.
The results will be soon shown in a virtual exhibition in which the book Miaw 2021.2026 OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE CITY. The challenging urban regeneration of Milano Porta Romana rail yard, edited by LetteraVentidue, will be presented to the public. 
Stay tuned! 



Last full workshop day: completed! We are all looking forward to attending the final presentation of the projects tomorrow morning, with special guests and discussants! Everybody is invited at 10 am on MIAW Teams channel. Today, Donatella Fioretti – introduced by Nicole De Togni – concluded the Speed Talk program with a fascinating reflection, placing architecture in a very realistic and concrete scenario. The projects illustrated from her professional experience brought out the strong relationships between the hardest part of architecture (materials, structure, regulations) and the more poetic one, facing the new skills and visions required by the contemporary project. Virginia Woolf’s words concluded the presentation, bringing out the difficult work of the architect, “who has to follow the fragility of the idea, but to realize it with the hardness of iron”.

SECTION A – Dubois  
Today at Atelier A, the students are finalizing their projects, working on graphics, and showing their point of strength inside the proposals. Moreover, they managed to overcome a big challenge, such as creating a general 3D model that will be essential for future common drawings.

#linearinfrastructure #verticalcity #performativelandscape
#teamwork #finalpresentation

SECTION B – Fioretti 
The week has come to a close. Today during revisions we packaged the projects as best we could. We are all very satisfied, both with the work done and the final result. Thanks to Professor Fioretti and to the students!

#finish #dedication #contentment #differences #merits

SECTION C – Irarrázaval 
Last adjustments before tomorrow’s presentation! A long night attends students to finalize their projects and make them the most attractive and communicable.

#view #renders #photomontage #editing #presentation

SECTION D – Cavallo 
The students are currently finalizing the projects for tomorrow’s final presentation. All the masterplan are defined, and therefore it is time to show the catalyst elements of the projects.

#multiscalarapproach #greenspaces #connectingthecity 
#urbanlandscape #towards2026

SECTION E – Sánchez García
Today in the atelier we discuss the final presentation and we try to homogenize all the works.

#finalday #discussion #lastdrawings #end

17/02 | MIAW DAY 5


Today we had the chance to attend the Speed Talk by Roberto Cavallo, introduced by Martino Mocchi. He shared interesting cases from his professional experience in the Netherlands, revealing innovative methods and visions of the project, very useful to be confronted with the case of Porta Romana rail yard. The lecture focuses on the interactions between infrastructures and cities, in relation to urban transformations, introducing a deep reflection on the theme of “connection”. The many levels that lay behind this concept go from the large urban scale, reaching up to the architectural and technological ones, including the relation with local people.“The project of the connection is something open, fostering a dynamic transformation of place. We are not able to generate connections until we ask ourselves what we want to connect – and why”.

SECTION A – Dubois  
The students had the opportunity to present their work and receive some interesting feedback from the invited Professor Elena Fontanella. Now the challenge is to work together (virtually) to investigate the topic of “variation” along a linear infrastructure.

#verticalcity #linearinfrastructure #spatialcontinuity #visualconnections #sharedliving

SECTION B – Fioretti 
In the atelier of Professor Fioretti we divided the day in two parts: at the beginning there was a short but important communication about some significant types of social housing. Then, together with the guest professors Francesca Belloni and Francesco Bruno, we discussed some design issues during the ordinary reviews.

#relationship #complexity #linearity #suggestions #teaching

SECTION C – Irarrázaval 
Students from all over the world are contributing to the projects with their personals backgrounds. Aerial walkways, cybernetics parks, trees species and monumental arenas: each project is enriching by developing its own peculiar character finding inspiration in the world of art and nature.

#arenas #bridge #theatre #structure #malevic

SECTION D – Cavallo 
Moving forward right to the final definition of the ideas. Now it is the time for the specific close-ups, the fragments that would represent the whole story… The students had the 2nd mid-workshop presentation. The concept for each projects is defined, now it is time to design with a higher degree of detail the green areas and the inner circulation system of the area.

#urbanconnection #socialinvolvement #publicspace #urbancourtyards #greeninfrastructure

SECTION E – Sánchez García
In the atelier of professor Sànchez Garcìa we were able to have a discussion with every group. The aim was on the one hand to clarify the various themes and on the other to understand wich were the better drawings to represent these ideas.

#masterplan #ideas #community #clarity

This fifth working day ended with the Speed Talk by prof. Roberto Cavallo, introduced by Martino Mocchi.
The lecture has been recorded and it is available here:



The purpose of architectural education is not only to train professionally capable and brilliant architects, but rather critical intellectuals with a moral conscience.”Introduced by prof. Elena Fontanella, the prof. Hervé Dubois choose to start his speed talk of today (the recording is available here)  with a tribute to Luigi Snozzi’s work. References and personal experience build the precise lecture on the theme of the House with a several projects, that for sure will give a help to the students in the interpretation of the topic they are deal with. The forth intensive day is going to end. Half way point for our students, mentors and tutors.

SECTION A – Dubois  
Today at Atelier A, the students have presented their projects going in-depth into the chosen topic. We set up a virtual round table discussion to condense all the design proposals into a unique architectural and spatial solution.

SECTION B – Fioretti 
The students took their positions, explaining their compositional reasons. Some are focusing more on the park, some on the buildings, and some on the connections between north and south, crossing the railroad. It’s time to think about how best to describe the projects, which are all very impressive.

SECTION C – Irarrázaval 
Projects evolve: the forms are refined, the structures begin to become concrete and the relations with the city are now defined. Now it’s up to the functional program!

SECTION D – Cavallo 
The six groups are working on the general masterplan for the area of the Porta Romana railyards, combining the conceptual strategy with the design actions at the base of their projects.

SECTION E – Sánchez García
In the atelier of Professor Sánchez García today a lecture about project references and architectural themes was presented by the tutors. After that we have continue with the project reviews. 

This fourth working day ended with the Speed Talk by prof. Hervé Dubois, introduced by Elena Fontanella.
The lecture has been recorded and it is available here



…design activities underway… the final week of the workshop has begun! Students and tutors are working within their ateliers in different modalities – by groups, individually, in public sessions. The focus is on connections, hierarchies, public spaces, infrastructures. Porta Romana rail yard will be part of the system for winter Olympic Games 2026, including other districts of South Milan – e.g. Porta Giulia, hosting an arena for 15.000 spectators. As in other cases – recently EXPO 2015 – big events are an opportunity for fostering urban renewal and regeneration. In this context, the legacy of the Olympic Games will provide about 2.000 new beds to students: an important contribution to developing the HE system and an opportunity for introducing innovative forms of living and dwelling in Milan.

SECTION A – Dubois  
Here some highlights of the first milestone. The students have shared their design results about the linear infrastructure to define a set of topics they want to approach in future steps. The different ideas will converge into a communal and shared design proposal to rethink the area of Porta Romana railyard.

SECTION B – Fioretti 
Today at the atelier held by architect Donatella Fioretti there was a lot of talk about urban logic and hierarchy inside the project. Students start working at different scales, in order to focus on singularity without losing the urbanity of the intervention. There is still much to be done, but projects are taking shape.

SECTION C – Irarrázaval 
Back to work after the weekend! Today busy day of reviews in Irrarázaval classroom trying to find the right balance between shape and construction system. Next goal: give forms a meaning!

SECTION D – Cavallo 
Today the students presented their state of advancement to prof. Roberto Cavallo for the 1st mid-workshop review, focused on the analysis of the area and on the preliminary strategic concept produced by each of the six groups.

SECTION E – Sánchez García
Today we have a discussion about the first ideas of masterplan given by students’ groups, trying to develop some topics that in the days before came out. 

Sunday…free day!


After two days of intensive work and lectures, Sunday is a free day for our students and our visiting professors!
They are starting to deal with the theme of the Olympic Village for the winter games Milano-Cortina 2026, in the big empty area of Porta Romana railyard, one of the seven dismissed railyard that surrounds Milano without closing it. It was born in between the two historical axes that connected the city of Milano with Piacenza (Via Aemilia, today Coso Lodi) and Pavia (today Via Ripamonti) in a portion of the city on the edge of the countryside, today Parco Agricolo Sud. With the coming of modernity, Porta Romana becomes an important landing place for goods, whose construction and evolution is documented in the beautiful paintings by Umberto Boccioni, who saw the growing and changing of the area from his balcony. We will soon know how each atelier will interpret these traces and how the new projects will dialogue with the city that grew up outside its boundary.



Second full workshop day: the groups have continued with their work within the Ateliers coordinated by visiting professors. “Infrastructures”, “connections”, “voids”, “urban scale”, “green areas” are the more common and shared keywords that emerged from the reflection. In the next few days, the projects are deepening into the architectonical scale. Here some numbers to frame the intervention: 187.226 sqm Land Area, 50% dedicated to Green. 164.000 sqm Total GFA, of which 68% dedicated to Free GFA and 32% to Subsidized Housing. Great quantities that will change the face of the city.

SECTION A – Dubois  
Today at the Atelier held by Professor Dubois, the students have presented their firsts thoughts about the new linear infrastructure, defining a dynamic public round for new relations within the city of Milan.

SECTION B – Fioretti 
Today we have made some reviews and we have focused more on the project, starting to analyze the architectural and typological aspects of the buildings. In addition, the park design and connecting infrastructure are also beginning to be described. The projects are very interesting, they have a lot of potentials


SECTION C – Irarrázaval 
Projects start to take shape in Irrarázaval classroom! Students showed their ideas for Scalo di Porta Romana and between grids, diagrams, and art pieces projects go on inspired by two exciting lectures on “Repetition in architecture” and “Prefabricated systems” by professor Irrarázaval.

SECTION D – Cavallo 
The students are working on the interpretative analysis of the area that will result in the general strategy of their projects, combining the morphological and socio-economical potentialities and limits of the Porta Romana railyard.

SECTION E – Sánchez García
Today we worked on the strategic approach, talking about some aspects of this part of the city. We talked about some topics such as parks, architecture as infrastructure, linear city and boundaries.



All the students, guided by their mentors and tutors, in their virtual classrooms, today started to show their impressions and sketches about the place, Porta Romana, and reasonings about the interpretation of the theme proposed by this Miaw2021 edition. Specific lectures that explain various topics and approaches towards urban design were held in each classroom, as well as collective discussions and reviews. 

SECTION A – Dubois  
#linearinfrastructure #spatialcontinuity  #verticalcity  #permanencevsmodification #sharingcommunity

SECTION B – Fioretti 
#boundary #atmosphere #urbanism #landscape #identity 

SECTION C – Irrarazaval
#diagrams #branches #lines #dots #combs #knots #sewtheedge #palacesforpeople #montage #ecology #hibrydtypoligies

SECTION D – Cavallo
#eventcity #potential #urbanvoid #greeninfrastructure #tangramarchitects

SECTION E – Sanchez
#Inside/outside  #walkway&Connections #Greenbelt #Flexibility

This first working day ended with the first Speed Talk by prof. Sebastián Irarrázaval, introduced by prof. Claudia Tinazzi. 
Ephemeral and Permanent.
3 set designs + 3 buildings, a clear and deep lecture of architecture, has been recorded and it is available here.
And to know more about prof. Irarrázaval work: