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Luca Molinari


Biography

Critic and architecture historian Luca Molinari (1966) was awarded a degree by the Faculty of Architecture at Milan University in 1992 after working and studying at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft TU in the Netherlands and ETSAB in Barcelona.
He is Associate Professor of Contemporary Architecture History at Vanvitelli Architecture Faculty in Naples.
Molinari is particularly active in education and has held workshops and conferences on numerous campuses in Italy and abroad. He is a prolific writer on architecture theory and criticism: he has been in charge of Architecture and Design publications for the publishing house Skira since 1995.
He works with several Italian and international magazines, including Domus, Area, Lotus, Abitare, Ottagono, Il progetto, Archis, The Plan, A+U.
Luca Molinari is also active on the web: in 2007 he founded an annual review entitled The Skira Yearbook of world architecture 2007-2008, which he still directs, supported by the bilingual architecture and design portal www.ymag.it.
In 2009 he and architect Anna Barbara founded viapiranesi srl, a multidisciplinary services and strategic planning studio. He also collaborates with numerous public and private institutions including scientific direction for architecture and urban planning at the Triennale in Milan (2001-2004), and presents the Annali dell’architettura (2006-2007) exhibition in Palazzo Reale in Naples.
Luca Molinari’s recreation, with Peter T. Lang and Mark Wasiuta, of the famous pioneering exhibition on everything “Made in Italy” held at MoMA in 1972 under the title Environments and Counter environments. Italy: The New Domestic Landscape attracted vast media coverage.
Molinari’s prolific publishing career has included analysis of the form of urban design and development of architecture in a number of volumes and reprints. He has edited monographs published by Skira on Calatrava (1998), Fuksas (2005, translated into several languages) and Tadao Ando (2009).
 
Selected projects
 
- Curator of the “Environments and Counter environments. Italy: The New Domestic Landscape MoMA 1972” exhibition and event, 2010-2011
- Installation designer and curator of the Check-in-architecture exhibition, Turin; Venice (Italy), 2008
- Installation designer and curator of the Annali dell’architettura exhibition, Palazzo Reale, Naples (Italy) 2006-2007
- Installation designer and curator of the Antinapoli exhibition, Naples (Italia) 2005
- Installation designer and curator of the Piero Portaluppi exhibition , Triennale, Milan (Italy), 2004
- Curator of the 1st Gold Medal for Italian Architecture exhibition, Triennal, Milan (Italy), 2004-05
- Scientific direction of the “Portaluppi Project” for Fondazione Portaluppi, Milan (Italy), 2000-2003
- Installation designer and curator of the Effetti Collaterali exhibition, Triennale, Milan (Italy), 1998-99
- Installation designer and curator of the Santiago Calatrava. Work in Progress exhibition, Triennale, Milan (Italy) 1998-99
- Installation designer and curator of the Le forme del cibo exhibition, Milan (Italy), 1996
- Installation designer and curator of the Stalker exhibition, Opos, Milan (Italy), 1996

Official web site

www.ilpost.it/lucamolinari


Interview



Interview with Luca Molinari about FMGxtreme_Lab, an FMG workshop reconstructed in the SpazioFMG for Architecture during Fuorisalone 2009.

"At this year’s Salone del Mobile, the Spazio FMG | per l’Architettura wanted to do something different. In the past we focused on two great contemporary designers, inaugurating the FMG space in the first year with Michele De Lucchi and inviting Aldo Cibic to design a tortoise outside the space in the second year, last year. The idea we had this year, at this important time, was to simulate the FMG workshop in the space. Why? Because at this time I believe it is much more interesting to focus on design methods, on how things are made and on the possibility of actively and openly playing with all architects, rather than focusing on a single designer. One of the basic ideas was to take the workshop in Fiorano (at the company’s headquarters, ed.), take it apart and bring it here. It's a rather unusual set-up compared to the other ones we see in the Salon these days, something rather anomalous, a workplace... The earths, the materials, the library actually come from the real workshop. It was about to be taken apart anyway to move it to a new location, and so we took advantage of this and stole it for a few days. But why? Because I believe it is very interesting for people to see the complexity behind the production of these materials, which are natural and yet innovative at the same time. We thought it would be right to bring the "tools of the trade" here: the tools with which these tiles are designed and planned, while at the same time challenging the architects. Over the next three days we have invited a series of very talented Italian architects, from Carlo Pellegrini to 5+1, from Park to Marzorati, young people like Francesco Librizzi and Gambardella, all invited to come here and play with this computer programme, which will soon be available on the FMG website. To play with this simulation programme and design tiles. The idea is to go back to something like a tailor's workshop for production of tiles. With these materials, these technologies, and this programme, the architect can think up and design a totally natural tile, in line with his work, his expectations, what he is studying at the time. And so we come to a dimension in which big industry comes to meet the designer and work on an individual design for a unique designed work.

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