News release - 2022

3.5.2022 Here, There and Everywhere: A Critical Comparison of Worldwide Landscape Architecture education

Professor Antonio Longo, our AUIC professor, is one of the speakers at the 10th anniversary of the TUDelft Landscape School.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the MSc-track in Landscape Architecture at TU Delft (LA.X), BK Talks hosts a panel organized by the Landscape Architecture section, aimed at discussing inspiring educational models, curricula and results of several Landscape Architecture European schools.

The debate takes place as an inaugural event for the exhibition of the book on the work produced by Landscape Architecture students at TU Delft in the last ten years.

Representatives from different schools will join the debate. 

Moderators: Laura Cipriani, Eric Luiten
Panellists: Inge Bobbink, Teresa Galí-Izard, Adriaan Geuze, Hanneke Kijne, Sanda Lenzholzer, Antonio Longo, Maria Villalobos

Video: BK Talks: Landscape Architecture: Here, there, and everywhere - YouTube

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The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2022 has been awarded to Diébédo Francis Kéré, currently visiting professor at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches the course ‘Advanced Architectural Design Studio’.

Originally from Gando, Burkina Faso, Kéré graduated in architecture in Germany from the Technische Universität Berlin. However, it was in his home village that Kéré produced his first architectural project: the Primary School, built for and with the local community, combining innovative use of local materials and modern construction engineering.

This model was later duplicated for the construction of numerous other school buildings and health facilities in various African countries (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and others). Francis Kéré, states the jury's motivation, "has developed a sensitive, bottom-up approach in its embrace of community participation.  At the same time, he has no problem incorporating the best possible type of top-down process in his devotion to advanced architectural solutions. His simultaneously local and global perspective goes well beyond aesthetics and good intentions, allowing him to integrate the traditional with the contemporary".

Andrea Campioli, dean of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, says:

"Francis Kéré's intense design experience takes us back to the founding values of architecture, first and foremost the strength to be a lever for social emancipation and the ability to establish deep relationships with the history of places and their material culture.
Kéré's work constitutes an important point of reference for our students: work of great vision and at the same time of extraordinary concreteness; work capable of interpreting the available resources with originality but without ever losing sight of the needs and expectations of the people who live there."

Kéré's projects also include temporary and permanent structures in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States; he was also commissioned to design the parliaments of Burkina Faso and Benin.

The course on Big Data and the city by architect Carlo Ratti, in collaboration with MIT and POLIMI students, gets underway.

Milan, 24 February 2022 - On Friday 25 February at 3 p.m., the Politecnico di Milano will be hosting a course on Big Data and the city by Carlo Ratti, architect and director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT in Boston, who will be a visiting professor at the ABC (Architecture, Built environment and Construction Engineering) Department of the Politecnico di Milano for the 2021/2022 academic year. Through hybrid teaching methods, the course will see the collaboration of Politecnico di Milano students with colleagues from the MIT Senseable City Lab.

The introductory lecture by Carlo Ratti, entitled Senseable City: Data-Driven Urban Research, open to the public both in-person and online, will kick off the Politecnico di Milano Strategic vision for building engineering for the future course to discover the mathematical laws that shape our cities and exploit them to reshape our future.
What unites or separates us in cities? How do we move, socialise and behave? How does data science help us discover these hidden patterns and design better cities? These are the specific questions this course will try to answer. 
Since their birth some 10,000 years ago, cities have evolved into the most magnificent and complex works of human culture. Today, for the first time in history, Big Data and new computational tools allow us to study the forces that quantitatively shape cities. This course helps to discover the laws of urban life by exploring new methods borrowed from experimental physics and computational science. The resulting equations and models hold the keys to our cities and our shared urban future.
The start of the course with the lecture on 25 February aims to familiarise students with the research of the Senseable City Lab and the field of digital urban systems. For Italian students, it will be an excellent opportunity to field-test the research and study methods applied at the prestigious American campus.  
The data approaches used during the course will deepen topics such as urban mobility, the digital image of the city, social segregation and the challenges of the "15-minute neighbourhoods", and environmental quality parameters. For the final projects, students will be divided into groups exclusive to each university. They will work on real cases from four cities: Helsingborg, Paris, Trieste and New York. 

Carlo Ratti is an architect, engineer, inventor, educator and activist. 
He is a professor at MIT Boston, founded and directed the Senseable City Lab, a founding partner of the international design and innovation office CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati with offices in Turin and New York. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the ABC Department of the Politecnico di Milano.

Opening Lecture Senseable City: Data-Driven Urban Research
Friday 25 February 2022, 15:00
Aula Gamma Via Ampère, 2 - Milan 
Polytechnic of Milan 






The Challenge Reinventing Square launched by the REC - Real Estate Center | Dept. ABC | Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with Vittoria Assicurazioni and Morning Capital - Asset & Investment Management ended on 28.01.2022.

The winning project for the refurbishment concept of Piazza Gino Valle was THE GATEWAY OF MILAN by the PAC Team: Giada Angelini, Claudia Croci, Luca Pretto.


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