Numerous events and conferences about architecture are getting underway in Italy this autumn, from Milan to Rome and from Parma to Florence, while FREESPACE, the 16th International Architecture Show at the Biennale in Venice, is about to close. Here are some of the season’s most important events.

This autumn’s architecture events

From Venice, where FREESPACE, the 16th International Architecture Show at the Biennale in Venice, closes on November 25 to Milan, Parma, Florence and Rome, there are plenty of architecture events getting underway all over Italy in the month of November. Here are some of the most important ones.

In Milan, the Politecnico hosts the seventh edition of the "November Conferences" focusing on Contemporary Architecture, held once a week between November 8 and 29. Promoted by Fondazione Sto-Stiftung in partnership with Politecnico di Milano and Sto Italia, the "November Conferences" are a series of meetings of international scope held simultaneously at a number of prestigious European universities. The initiative will see the participation not only of Politecnico di Milano but of Stuttgart University, Institute of Architecture Technology om Graz, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville in Paris, Tschechischen Technischen Universität in Prague and the University of East London. Recordings of the conferences held in Italy will be available on the “polimi” Youtube channel. In 2018 Politecnico di Milano hosts four architectural practices from Barcelona: Flores I Prats, b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, Estudi d‘arquitectura Toni Gironès, and MBM Arquitectes.
Also in Milan, SpazioFMGperl'Architettura, the showroom and gallery of the Iris Ceramica Group, hosts the fifth event in The Architects Series - A Documentary on: Ennead, a series of documentary films about architecture and design studios produced in partnership with The Plan magazine.

The second Premio Architettura Toscana (PAT) award for architecture in Tuscany was presented recently in Florence, while Parma saw the conclusion of an initiative organised by the Order of Architects of Parma with CSAC University in Parma entitled Cinema and Architecture focusing on filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, with the screening of a number of important titles in their Living Architectures series, 16 films about architecture which were recently acquired by MoMA in New York as part of its permanent collection.

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine will also be in Rome on December 17 for one of the events in the CROSS - I lunedì dell’Architettura (CROSS - Architecture Mondays) series organised by IN/ARCHLazio. CROSS is a series of conferences presented by Matteo Costanzo and Emilia Giorgi for the IN/ARCHLazio National Architecture Institute in which key figures on today’s architecture scene discuss issues in architecture, cities and landscapes with representatives of other disciplines. The meetings follow in the wake of another popular initiative organised by IN/ARCH: “I lunedì dell’Architettura”, Architecture Mondays, which have been held by Bruno Zevi ever since the institute was founded, enlivening the cultural debate of the 1960s with presentations by intellectuals and artists such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giulio Carlo Argan and Renato Guttuso and architects including Carlo Scarpa, Renzo Piano and many more. Because of the great variety of people involved in the initiative, including architects, artists, photographers and curators, the meetings take a different form on each occasion: dialogues, presentations, guest lectures and round tables, depending on the person invited and the topic addressed. The first events in the current series featured architect Jan Liesegang of Raumlaborberlin, followed on November 19 by Parasite 2.0 and Orizzontale, winner of the “Young Talent in Italian Architecture” award in 2018. In addition to the December 17 film screening and discussion with directors Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, upcoming events will feature architects Labics, Tspoon, Small, stARTT, Raumplan, Supervoid, and Ma0; artists Marco Tirelli and Alterazioni Video; photographer Mario Cresci; the curator of the FRAC Centre in Orléans, Abdelkader Damani, in a conversation with Luca Galofaro; while the January 21 event will feature architect Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale di Milano.

(Agnese Bifulco)