PLACES / FUTURE & ARCHITECTURE: THE LOMBARDY PALACE IN MILAN, “THE BEST EUROPEAN TALL BUILDING”

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© Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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In 2012 the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, CTBUH, has awarded the Palazzo Lombardia as the Best European Tall Building: “In a city known for history and fashion, the tower is perfectly attuned to the urban environment. More than simply a tower, the project creates a cohesive blend of parks and commercial space, with an appropriate local flair.” ( Anthony Wood CTBUH)

Palazzo Lombardia, with its 163 meters heigth, it is the second tallest building in Italy. It is in fact a complex of buildings housing the new offices of Lombardy Regional Government. It was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, a well reputed architectural company based in New York.

The Lombardy Palace is close to the new Porta Nuova (“New Gate”) area that is undergoing major construction activities like the Unicredit Tower. Completed in 2012, with its 231 meters it is the highest building in Italy. Milan will host the EXPO 2015 Universal Exposition and also for such reason is undergoing an important development phase with many new buildings contracted to world-famous architects.

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“NORTHER” FROM AALTO UNIVERSITY (FINLAND) BRINGS A FRESH DESIGN AT THE MILAN FURNITURE FAIR (APRIL 9-14)

Student work from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland will be on display at the Milan Furniture Fair from 9 to 14 April 2013. The name of the exhibition, Norther, refers to a sudden and stabbing north wind – it brings with it fresh design and fashion ideas from young northern designers of the future.

The exhibition contains a representative selection of student work in furniture design, ceramics and glass art, industrial design, textile art, fashion and clothing design. A total of 26 students with different levels of training showcase their work in Milan, some of which have already gained attention at international design events.

The works selected for the exhibition are the best of our degree programmes. They reflect the philosophy of our teaching, which combines an original artistically strong vision with insightful technical implementation” says Professor Jouko Järvisalo from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. “ We are going to Milan with an eye catching, versatile collection which we believe will stand out favourably from the crowd. Our education in design is of a very high standard internationally and domestically. Our graduates are amongst the best designers in the world with strong practical design skills” says the Head of the Department of Design Pirjo Hirvonen.

The exhibition is being curated by Professor Jouko Järvisalo and Lecturer Martin Relander. Aalto University‘s Norther exhibition runs from 9 till 14 April at Via Privata Oslavia 7 in the Ventura Lambrate area. The nearest metro stop is Ventura Lambrate.

Pics: Hanna Anonen, Pala-matto (Piece mat); Group picture, glass and ceramics; Noora Liesmaa, Kiila-penkki (Wedge bench)

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ABOUT AALTO UNIVERSITY, FINLAND

Aalto University, Finland is a new multidisciplinary science and art community in the fields of science, economics, and art and design. The University is founded on Finnish strengths, and its goal is to develop as a unique entity to become one of the world’s top universities.  Aalto University’s cornerstones are its strengths in education and research. At the new University, there are 20,000 basic degree and graduate students as well as a staff of 5,000 of which 350 are professors.