12th June sees the debut of the first ever Milano Arch Week, an event inspired by the MI/ARCH festival which launched in 2013 to celebrate 150 years of Milan Polytechnic and has since brought leading names in international architecture to the city.
The first edition of Milano Arch Week has attracted numerous international guests, including Catalan architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, founders of the RCR STUDIO and winners of the Pritzker Prize 2017, Peter Eisenman, Elizabeth Diller, Petra Blaisse, Winy Maas, Francis Kéré, Benedetta Tagliabue and Kuehn Malvezzi, as well as architects who live and work in the city such as Michele De Lucchi, Cino Zucchi and many others.
The calendar for the week also extends to other genres: from Cinema, with appearances by director Amos Gitai and actor Renato Pozzetto, and Photography with Oliviero Toscani, to Art with Albanian artist Adrian Paci and Music with evening performances by singers and rappers.
Added to this are concurrent events which make Milano Arch Week even more diverse. Among them is an exhibition on architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, winner of the Next Landmark prize 2016, which will open on 16th Juneat SpazioFMGperl'Architettura, the showroom and gallery of Iris ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti.
There will also be special itineraries – known asVesparch since they will be toured by Vespa scooters - with three different themes: new cultural institutions such as the new Fondazione Feltrinelli building, city peripheries and great transformations , with a route taking to City Life, Porta Nuova, Scalo Farini and Mercati Generali.
Areas of Milan undergoing sweeping urban changes provide the focus of the Polimibus itinerary: Palazzo Mondadori in Segrate. As well as the Mondadori building, an outstanding project by 1988 Pritzker prize-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer which is normally closed to the public, visitors will also be able to see the former Falck premises in Sesto San Giovanni, now being refurbished as part of a major European scheme. o.