GOING PUBLIC. Public spaces for the city of the future

After the great succes of the 2012 conference series, AMIAMO VARESE? DIALOGHI TRA ARCHITETTURA E DESIGN (Amiamo Varese? Dialogues between Architecture and Design) at Villa Litta to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Varese, Luca Molinari and his team are invited to organize a second series of open lectures around one of their paramount subject of research. GOING PUBLIC. Gli spazi pubblici per la città del futuro (Going Public. Public spaces for the city of the future) focuses on architecture as a tool to affect and create public spaces able to mould the identity and economy of a place.

Through seven lectures with internationally renown architects urged by Luca Molinari, public space is debated as one of the most important test bed of the city to involve new communities, stage of a more and more complex relation between private and public in a deeply individual society, and as an urban feature moving conflicting feelings and interests.
Marco Muscogiuri (Alterstudio Partners), Shelley McNamara (Grafton Architects), Pietro Carlo Pellegrini, Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT), Cino Zucchi, Winy Maas (MVRDV) and Gino Garbellini (Piuarch) tell about the projects designed by their studios dealing with public space within a specific building intended use. Passing through different typologies, from commercial to cultural, from residential to restoration, the architects argue their experience and visions of the future city.
GOING PUBLIC series has been an occasion for monographic insights and at the same time it’s been a debating observatory promoted by Varese Architects’Association about the most challenging contemporary spaces dealing with the context in the broadest sense: urban, social, historical, geographical and human.

GOING PUBLIC. Gli spazi pubblici per la città del futuro
curated by
Luca Molinari
Project management
Milena Sacchi / viapiranesi and Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Varese
Video and Photos
© Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Varese

30 january 2013
GLI SPAZI DELLA CULTURA / Alterstudio Partners / Marco Muscogiuri
Conference excerpt
Interview to Marco Muscogiuri

27 february 2013
TEATRI E AUDITORIUM / Grafton Architects / Shelley McNamara
Conference excerpt
Interview to Shelley McNamara

27 march 2013
RESTAURO / Pietro Carlo Pellegrini Architetto
Conference excerpt
Interview to Pietro Carlo Pellegrini

17 april 2013
CAMPUS UNIVERSITARI / EMBT / Benedetta Tagliabue Miralles
Conference excerpt
Interview to Benedetta Tagliabue

29 may 2013
AREE DISMESSE / Cino Zucchi Architetti
Conference excerpt
Interview to Cino Zucchi

26 june 2013
STAZIONI FERROVIARIE / MVRDV / Winy Maas
Conference excerpt
Interview to Winy Maas

17 july 2013
SPAZI PER IL COMMERCIO / Piuarch / Gino Garbellini
Conference excerpt
Interview to Gino Garbellini

30 october 2013
MUSEI E SPAZI ESPOSITIVI / Kuehn Malvezzi
Interview to Simona Malvezzi

13 november 2013
ABDA Architetti Botticini De Appolonia Associati
Conference excerpt

4 december 2013
Guest lecture
BORROMINI: UN ARCHITETTO LOMBARDO / Paolo Portoghesi
Conference excerpt