.:. architecture / as hope
March 1st through September 1st, 2019
Tue-Sun 10:30am-8:30pm (tickets sold till an hour before closing time)
Milan's Palazzo dell'Arte is most frequently called Palazzo della Triennale because of the main international exhibition
which is held here - rather regularly - every three year. This time, the twenty-second, the subject chosen by an institution supposed to deal with architecture and urbanism is, instead, nature. Not a mistake, however.
.:. Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival
is the title, and the two leading and most fascinating exhibitions - which, along with twenty-two official national participations from all continents, occupy nearly the whole building - are about plants and animals.
The focus is therefore on restorative design
, "highlighting objects and concepts at all scales that reconsider human beings’ relationship with their environments – including both natural and social ecosystems." Not by chance the new president of the Triennale is Stefano Boeri, the architect who here in Milan designed the Vertical Forest: a skyscraper which, thanks to its vegetation, can reduce the level of carbon dioxide in town.