Born in Taurianova, Reggio Calabria (IT) on December 7, 1966, Alfonso Femia, Graduated at the University of Genoa – School of Architecture in 1992. Alfonso Femia has been teacher of Architectural Design Didactics at Kent State University in Florence and at Architecture University of Ferrara and Genoa. Alfonso Femia and Gianluca Peluffo founded 5+1 in 1995 in Genoa and they first designed the Visitor Centre and Antiquarium in the Forum of Aquileia, the University Campus of Savona, the Wyler Vetta Pavilion in Basel, the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior in Rome, among others. In 2007, they opened an architectural office in Paris together with Nicola Spinetto. They developed the Master Plan on the basis of which Milan prepare the Expo in the city in 2015. In 2008 they won the competition for the new Fiera Milan business headquarters, built in 2010. In 2009 they won the competitions for the redevelopment of the Marseilles Docks for J.P. Morgan and Constructa Urban System and for the Great Railways Workshops in Turin, where the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Unification of Italy were held.
Aldo Cibic, Italian architect and designer. His career began in 1978 when he joined the studio of Ettore Scottsass, he then became a partner at a very young age in 1980. In 1981 he founded the Memphis collection, of which Cibic was one of the designers and founders. In 1989 he decided to set up his own studio, Cibic & Partners, opening the way for research activities with schools of architecture and design. Today the main activities take place in Milan, with Cibic & Partners dealing with architectural projects and large interiors, while in Vicenza Cibicworkshop deals with design and research activities, which are consistently generating new projects. Cibicworkshop focuses on the individual and his complex system of relations and his constant desire for change. Among the most significant projects they have been involved with are: The 10th Venice Architectural Biennale in 2006; “1906-2015: Towards the Milan Expo” exhibition and the Milan Triennale, 2012. The inspiration and realization of the project “Techno Souq” for the prestigious department store La Rinascente in Milan.
An international figure in architecture and urban design, Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings. Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Mr. Libeskind immigrated to the United States and he became a naturalized American citizen. He is well known for introducing a new critical discourse into architecture and for his multidisciplinary approach. His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions – including museums and concert halls – to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work. He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio. He has received numerous awards and designed world-renowned projects including: the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Military History Museum in Dresden, the masterplan for CityLife project, in Milan, Zlota 44; a residential high-rise tower in Warsaw, Poland; the Vanke Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 and the masterplan for Ground Zero among others. Upon winning the World Trade Center design competition in February 2003, Daniel Libeskind was appointed as master plan architect for the site in New York City.
Born in 1966, Fabio Novembre is an Italian architect and designer, considered the leader of the new Italian design. He moved to Milan in 1984, where in 1992 he received a degree in architecture. In 1993 he lived in New York City where he attended a movie-direction course at the New York University. In 1994, he was commissioned to design his first project: the “Anna Molinari Blumarine” shop in London. In the same year he opened his own studio in Milan. Since 2001 he has worked for Italian design brands such as Cappellini, Driade, Meritalia, Flaminia and Casamania. In 2009, the Triennale Design Museum of Milan, invited Novembre to curate and design an exhibition on his work: “Il fiore di Novembre”. In April 2012 he signs the new exhibition setting for the fifth edition of Triennale Design Museum. In 2014, Casa Milan, the new headquarters of the A.C. Milan, were open, where all interiors are designed by Fabio Novembre. In 2016 in collaboration with Pepsi, he was actively involved at the Maximum Pride in Milan.
“IL FIORE DI NOVEMBRE” EXHIBITION
Born in Geneva in 1945, Confino earned a degree in Architecture in 1970. He taught at Columbia University in New York from 1971 to 1976, and returned to Europe in 1977 to set up “Archaeology in the City,” the inaugural exhibition of the Pompidou Center in Paris. He opened a studio in Lussan in 1978 and immediately began working on an enormous number of projects, integrating them with the pioneering use of multimedia. After a series of important projects in France, Canada, Belgium, and Spain, including the Expo of Seville in 1992 and Cités-Cinés 2 in 1995, he began his work at the Toyota Museum in Tokyo. In Turin in the region of Piedmont, he inaugurated the Mole Antonelliana in 2000, the National Cinema Museum; and in 2011, he worked on restructuring the National Automobile Museum. Finally, among his most recent projects, Confino worked on the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles; on preparations of a permanent exhibit Slavery Memorial in Guadeloupe in the French West Indies; and on the Pavilion of Future, for Expo Shanghai 2010. Recently, Confino worked on the set of Chaplin’s World – The Modern Times Museum of Corsie su Vevey in Switzerland.
Born in Milan in 1953, he obtained a degree in Architecture at Milan Polytechnic University in 1982. Before that, he had started off in the architecture firms of Franco Albini and Vittorio Gregotti. At the beginning of the 1980s, he moved to Paris, to work with Gae Aulenti on the project of the Musée d’Orsay putting the museum at the centre of a wider concept. In France, in addition to several exhibition installations, he also worked on a number of prestigious renovation projects: the new halls of the French School at Cour Carrée in the Louvre; reorganization of the city centre of Nantes and Lighting project for Notre Dame Cathedral (1991-2000). During the twenty years he spent in France, he dealt with various aspects of design, from urban projects to layout plans for exhibitions, events and cultural institutions. When he returned to Italy he opened a studio in Milan, working on projects ranging from master plans to product design. His production includes the promenade of the Foro Italico in Palermo (Gold Medal in Italian Architecture for Public Spaces in 2006); the Museo del Novecento in Milan (2010); the Ciudades de Agua Pavilion for the Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Cavalli’s boutiques and clubs all over the world (Miami, Mosca, Delhi) and the Kuwait Pavilion for Expo 2015 in Milan.
Pininfarina today represents one of the most prestigious names in Architecture and industrial design in relation to residential projects, hospitality, sport and commercial structure. During the years they have applied in each architectural project, values of elegant, originality and innovation, which have historically marked the identity of Pininfarina both in the automotive and industrial design field. In the 85th years Pininfarina has created masterpieces with the same values – purity – elegance – innovation with prestigious brand like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Maserati. Starting from the 80th, the shift of Pininfarina from car design to industrial design, and later to interior and architecture, has led to the development of more than 500 projects among which Terrazza Martini for Expo 2015 Milan; Juventus Stadium in Turin; construction of the Beachwalk complex at the Hallandale Beach in South Florida can be highlighted.
Renzo Piano is an Italian architect, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1998 and he was appointed Senator for Life in the Italian Senate by President Giorgio Napolitano in August 2013. Piano was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1937. He was educated and subsequently taught at the Politecnico di Milano in 1964. He formed Renzo Piano Building Workshop in 1980, which now has offices in Paris, Genoa and New York. Some of his most important projects include the design of the Centre Georges Pompidou (1971–77) in Paris; the Menil Collection museum (1982–86) in Houston; San Nicola Soccer Stadium (1987–90) in Bari, Italy; the conversion of a massive historic Fiat factory (1983–2003) in Turin, Italy; the Kansai International Airport Terminal (1988–94) in Ōsaka, Japan; the Auditorium Parco della Musica (1994–2002) in Rome; the Beyeler Foundation Museum (1992–97) in Basel, Switzerland; the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy; the Zentrum Paul Klee, in Switzerland; the London Bridge Tower in London and the Tower San Paolo in Turin.
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De Ferrari Studio was founded in 1983 by Giorgio De Ferrari and Vittorio Jacomussi, deal with architectural and environmental engineering, industrial restoration and internal design, fit out of exhibitions and public events. De Ferrari Studio plays a recognize role in the sector and it has a significant jobs on all the national territory. De Ferrari Studio has also developed research and projects the urban system of Genoa, Turin, Rome, Milan; La Villette Park in Paris; the CEE project “Vivre et circuler en ville” in Bordeaux and IGP Decaux. Among the most important projects are: Domenico Carpanini Bridge in Turin; the Main Media Center for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin; Jacobacci & Partners Headquarters in Turin; the urban restoration in the Dinamo Area in Bucarest and the Algerian Pavilion for Expo Milan 2015.
Architect, urban planner, professor, essayist, journalist, in spite of its nearly eighty years of age and a long and distinguished career, Vittorio Gregotti continues to be highlighted for the passion and vitality with which works in major projects all over the world. He obtained a degree in Architecture at Milan Polytechnic University in 1952. He works at the BBPR studio with Ernesto Nathan Rogers his master. In 1951 he signed with Rogers his first project for Triennale in Milan what take him to London at the CIAM. Gregotti is particularly suspicious of the deconstructivist argument and its heavy reliance on literary models. And he provides an incisive critique of the recent interest in modernist aesthetics, warning against reviving the forms of an old movement without considering the cultural and social criteria that once gave it purpose and meaning. In 1974 he created his studio “Gregotti Associati International”, in the course of these years there have been hundreds of projects developed in over 20 countries. Among the many examples are worthy of note: the Bund Central Business District in Shanghai; the Arcimboldi Theatre at Bicocca, Milan; the Administrative Complex of the City of Moscow and the New Archaeological Museum in Patras, Greece.
Born in Baghdad Iraq in 1950, Zaha Hadid commenced her college studies at the American University in Beirut, in the field of mathematics. She moved to London in 1972 to study architecture at the Architectural Association and upon graduation in 1977, she joined the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). She was the first Arab woman who received the Pritzker Architecture Prize, winning it in 2004. Hadid liberated architectural geometry with the creation of highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life. She is well-known for some of her seminal built works, such as: the London Aquatic Center where was held the Olympics and Paralympics in London 2012; The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan; the Maxxi – Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome; the Phaeno Science Center (2005), Wolfsburg, in Germany; the Guangzhou Opera House (2010), Guangzhou, in China; the Salerno Maritime Terminal (2007–13), in Italy and the Rabat Gran Theatre in Morocco.