Three pleasant hours were spent focusing on environmental sustainability in the Radura installation, made by Stefano Boeri Architetti in the middle of the Cortile della Farmacia, during the Voices from Radura event, a series of meetings organized by EasyHome Goho.
Architect Stefano Boeri hosted the event and described the genesis of his installation. “The dove has always been the symbol of the University, therefore I conceived a big aviary, a careful project to get the best out of this space. Then a nest, with a transparent perimeter. The final result is Radura (Clearing), an intimate and private space”.
350 columns of wood coming from Friuli, a structure that tells the story of an Italian region and a similarly important story of sustainability. Music marks the difference between inner and outer space: four tracks composed by musician Ferdinando Arnò and this courtyard is used as a sound box and becomes a relaxing and rejuvenating place.
Michele Morgante (Innova FVG) and Matteo Marsilio (Filiera Legno FVG) talked about relaxation and rejuvenation as well, and described the activities of the two institutions they represent: the former deals with research, focused on the development of mountain areas in Friuli, while the latter is a consortium of companies that process Friuli timber from the forest to the end product.
According to them, environmental sustainability is a core value for the development and the growth of planet earth, just like biodiversity. These two values are present in many projects by Stefano Boeri and have been shared by all those who contributed to Radura.
In an ideal sequence, landscape and environment enhancement was the theme tackled by Marco Giachetti’s presentation (Fondazione Sviluppo Ca’ Granda), who described the activities of the Foundation that manages 85 million square meters of agricultural land, with more than one hundred farmhouses and two thousand properties. This enhancement combines historic and artistic assets with the development of the forestry, food and agriculture systems with respect to food safety and quality.
This journey in sustainability and biodiversity was completed by the students of the urban planning programme at Politecnico di Milano (held by Professors Stefano Boeri and Michele Brunello)
They focused on the Milan Animal City project (city and biodiversity, relationships between humans, plants and animals in the difficult context of contemporary cities) with reference to the experience of Waiting Posthuman “a research platform on posthuman, to redefine the concept of human being”, according to the words of philosopher Leonardo Caffo who presented the main lines of the projects. A human being who does not only represents forms of life, but attempts to restructure forms of life such as arts, architecture, and music.
Text by Danilo Signorello – Photos by Efrem Raimondi
What is the true meaning of Open Borders? That everything has a clear origin, and without it there would be no contamination. Starting from this fact, the event organized by Interni intends to go beyond the usual borders of design. In terms of materials and in terms of forms. And also, this needs to be said, beyond the physical borders of its three locations: Università degli Studi, the Botanic Garden in Brera and the Torre Velasca.
Milan is the ideal city for this type of exploration. When we think of a truly open border city in Italy, this is Milan. A city of perennial cross-fertilizations and hybridizations. A constantly evolving and multifaceted metropolis, an international platform and a laboratory of innovation, Milan defies any attempt to define it.
Experimentation and contamination, innovation and exchange, defining the indefinable (as will happen in the Audi City Lab): Interni Open Borders will be all this, until 23 April.
The design industry was established in the city where centuries ago Leonardo was already experimenting and innovating, going beyond the usual borders of human knowledge. Design means beauty, creativity, research, culture, and industry.
The term culture industry often makes us turn up our noses. But isn’t it true that resources invested in culture are never wasted? From this viewpoint, the event organized by Interni has always been a contamination of ideas, designs, creativity, research and industry, represented by all our partner companies; this event exhibition can be organized during the Design Week thanks to them.
Beauty is the result of all this: the beauty of installations, of the locations where they are hosted, of the meetings and panels that animate this week. Maybe beauty will not save the world, but certainly it will always be a chance to know, design and improve it.
Text by Danilo Signorello – Photos by Efrem Raimondi
For the FuoriSalone 2016 and the 21st Milan Triennale, INTERNI presents the Exhibition-Event INTERNI OPEN BORDERS, in Milan from 11 to 23 April 2016.
Now at its 19th edition in 2016, the Exhibition-Event of INTERNI takes place at three key locations in the city: Università degli Studi di Milano (formerly Ca’ Granda, 14th century), the Orto Botanico di Brera (18th century) and – for the first time – Torre Velasca (1958), the headquarters of Audi City Lab, which presents Untaggable Future, a workshop of ideas that brings together trendsetters and expert on four ‘untaggable’ themes (People, Cities, Energies, Lights).
Interni Open Borders gathers a series of interactive installations, macroobjects, micro-constructions and exhibitions that explore ways of getting beyond disciplinary borders: the subject is addressed as an expansion of design vision to new synergies, to contaminations with different fields of research, such as cinema, art, photography; and as the application of architecture and design to evolving sectors like the digital, technology, research on sustainability.
Besides the protagonists from Italy, Interni has called on designers of international stature from various backgrounds – Japan, China, Brazil, Russia, Great Britain, Poland – with different types of training and experience, with the aim of forming a mosaic of styles and visions, and to compare, also on a territorial level, the various characteristics and interpretations of design.
Interni collaborates with leading companies in the field of innovation and research to produce the event, as well as companies that represent successful brands on an international level and small niche producers, alongside public institutions that support business initiatives and creativity. With them, the magazine has activated synergies expressed in the production of original products and in the presentation of a cultural vision that will significantly set the tone for the week of the FuoriSalone.
The exhibition Casetta del Viandante (The Home of the Wayfarer) curated by Marco Ferreri – one of the installations of Interni Open Borders – has been selected as an official exhibition of the 21st Milan Triennale ‘21st Century. Design After Design’. Università Statale becomes one of the official sites of the 21st Milan Triennale. Casetta del Viandante will remain open to the public until 12 September.