The elevator is undoubtedly the ‘machine’ that more than all others has conveyed a sense of novelty in architecture. It has been the symbol of modern housing, as well as an indispensable factor for the vertical growth of cities in the 20th century. Fashions and styles have dictated its look and character, while technology has defined its functions, based on constant research and progress. Thanks to its identity as a space capable of crossing other spaces and connecting them, the elevator has stimulated the imagination of filmmakers and writers. But it is often also a neglected, aseptic place, a ‘non-place as Marc Augé would put it, and in the Covid era it is avoided as a location of possible contagion. To rethink places apparently lacking in strong semantic value represents one of the missions of the new contemporary world.
Giulio Cappellini designer and art director
Laura Castelletti Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Culture, Creativity and Innovation, Municipality of Brescia
Carlo Colombo architect and founder studio A++
Michele Suria CEO IGV Group
Moderator Patrizia Catalano journalist