Sottoportico Cortile d'Onore - Università degli Studi di Milano
Designers cannot look to the future without being aware of the past. Architecture compels those who observe it to choose: to stand and watch or intervene. The installation arises from these considerations High Intensity Design Training - Fare allenamento con il proprio passato, which dialogues with the Cortile d’Onore of the University of Milan: three further colonnades are inserted between its vaults and columns.
The students of the three-year course in Design at the NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, under the supervision of Claudio Larcher, NABA Design Area Leader, and Sara Ricciardi, professor of the Academy, have created an energy installation that invites visitors to stay in training, to heed the past without being imprisoned in it. While the lines of the painted steel frames echo those of the vaults, the central part of the three structures, 3 meters high and 2.5 meters wide, recalls the archetypal form of the column, divided between capital, shaft and base; but here the cylindrical volume, in foam covered with PVC, is an interactive element, unexpectedly soft and mobile, that urges action. It becomes an instrument for practice, as if it were a punching bag to hit, dodge and hug. In the background, constructive future projections: the column is erased, ready for a rewrite.