Programs

October / November 2015

Exhibitions, lectures and film screenings showcasing Italian innovation and sustainability.

From October 13 through November 11, The Italian Trade Agency is organizing Spotlight on Italian Innovation and Sustainability, a series of events, including exhibitions, lectures and film screenings related to the advancements and achievements of Italian architecture. The ITA supports Baukuh, Armin Linke, PIOVENAFABI, Stefano Boeri Architetti and Studio Albori who are among the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s more than 60 official selected participants representing over 30 countries.

Wednesday / Oct 14
10:00am-11:00pm
Eataly Chicago
43 E. Ohio Street

Building the Expo Milano 2015 exhibition

The exhibition runs through October 26.

Open to the public.

Building the EXPO Milano 2015 is a resized exhibition highlighting the advances and achievements of international architecture and its uses of the latest materials used in creating the self-built and corporate pavilions of the Universal Exhibition. The original exhibition took place in Milan (March 18-21, 2015) as part of MADE expo, a biennial event that is more than an ordinary trade show: it is a wellspring of educational and business opportunities and the go to place for cutting edge innovation in building materials, construction systems, windows, building envelope, finishes and surfaces. Building the EXPO documented the entire process from the creation of the idea to the realization of the 25 national pavilions and 6 corporate pavilions that are part of the EXPO Milano 2015, highlighting the construction elements and technologies applied to achieve the different effects needed. The exhibition was promoted by MADE expo – Milano Architettura Design Exhibition, curated by Professor Luisa Collina of the Politecnico di Milano, organized by POLI.design – Politecnico di Milano in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency. It was endorsed by Expo Milano 2015.

12:00pm
Eataly Chicago
43 E. Ohio Street

Building the Expo Milano 2015: A Guided Tour of the Exhibition

Open to the public.

Guided tour will be given by the designer of the exhibition, Matteo Scagnol of the studio MoDus Architects.

Matteo Scagnol is a co-founder of the studio MoDus Architects. The studio has completed a number of critically acclaimed projects, including the Bressanone-Varna Ringroad, the Pre- School, Kindergarten and Family Center in Bolzano, and the Artist’s House and Atelier in Castelrott. He has taught at the University of Trento since 2007 and continues a research project with the University of Bolzano on “Architecture and Pegagogy.” 

4:30pm-7:00pm
University Club of Chicago
Grill Room 7th floor,
76 E. Monroe Street

Exhibiting Architecture in Chicago and Milan: A Conversation

RSVP required: info@itadesignseries.com

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is the first major international exhibition of architecture in North America; the roots of such architectural displays can be traced to World’s Fairs and Expos that have long brought design and construction together here and abroad. The coincidence of Expo 2015 in Milan and the Chicago Architecture Biennial presents the opportunity to consider the challenges of exhibiting architecture when globalization encourages both greater individual performance and increased uniformity among architects. 

Luisa Collina
Full Professor, School of Design, Politecnico di Milano and Rector’s Delegate for Expo and internationalization policies, Politecnico di Milano
Curator of Building the Expo both in Milan and the resized version in Chicago.

Matteo Scagnol 
Partner, MoDus Architects, Guest Professor at Università di Trento, Building the Expo Design 

Jonathan Mekinda 
Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a joint appointment in the Department of Art History and the School of Design. 

 

Thursday / Oct 15
6:00pm-8:00pm
Italian Cultural Institute
500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450

Mapping Change with Best-Selling Italian Novelist and Architect Gianni Biondillo lecture

RSVP required: Click here to register.

Best-selling Italian novelist and architect Gianni Biondillo will give a lecture on how the practice of psychogeography can be used for helping architects and citizens alike rediscover their own cities. He will also introduce the project "Sentieri Metropolitani," (City Paths) (www.sentierimetropolitani.org), which contains itineraries that are not simply touristic, but that offer a deeper understanding of the city, providing a framework to be used independently or in a group. Simple tools are available such as an app, a website, printable maps, guidebooks, and meeting places (e.g. public libraries). This framework is enriched in time by contributions from social media, making the project open to everyone's ideas.


Spotlight: Architecture+Space+Design at the Chicago International Film Festival.

For the complete schedule, please visit: www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

In collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Chicago International Film Festival will present a program of architecture- themed and design-related films. A longtime partner of the film festival, the ITA will support the screenings of the Italian films

Tuesday / Oct 20
6:30pm
AMC River East Theaters
322 E. Illinois Street

”Perche` un film su Michele De Lucchi” film screening

Following the film, Professor Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis will discuss his longtime friendship and collaboration with Michele De Lucchi.

To buy tickets, please visit: www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

A student and associate of Ettore Sottsass, Michele De Lucchi was a prominent figure of the Memphis Group and has worked work on prominent architectural and industrial design projects, designing and renovating buildings for Enel, Olivetti, Piaggio, Poste Italiane and Telecom Italia as well as museums such as the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Berlin’s Neues Museum and the recent Galleria d’Italia Piazza Scala in Milan.

Professor Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis is President of the Triennale of Milan and Head of the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano. He is also a professor of Industrial Design, Interior Design, Textile Design and Fashion Design and the director of the Poli.design project, a Consortium of the Politecnico di Milano operating in the field of design acting as an interface between universities, companies, and professional organizations, institutions and bodies.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

 

7:45pm
AMC River East Theaters
322 E. Illinois Street

“Illegal Portraits” film screening (director scheduled to be in attendance)

To buy tickets, please visit: www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

“Illegal Portraits” is a 2013 documentary by Roman Montesarchio that describes the community of the illegal Parco Saraceno district, abandoned in Castel Volturno in the province of Caserta. The project was born as a result of the difficulties of the director to tell the story of the place through photographs.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

Wednesday / Oct 21
8:15pm
AMC River East Theaters
322 E. Illinois Street

“Milano 2015” film screening

To buy tickets, please visit: www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

In this stunning omnibus feature, six Italian directors explore different facets of contemporary Milan, from subways to skyscrapers, shuttered old theaters to the inimitable La Scala. The result is a rich and eclectic portrait of urban life and spaces—both rooted in history and bursting with a diversity of architecture and humanity.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

 

11:30am
AMC River East Theaters
322 E. Illinois Street

“Illegal Portraits” film screening (director scheduled to be in attendance)

To buy tickets, please visit: www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

“Illegal Portraits” is a 2013 documentary by Roman Montesarchio that describes the community of the illegal Parco Saraceno district, abandoned in Castel Volturno in the province of Caserta. The project was born as a result of the difficulties of the director to tell the story of the place through photographs.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

Thursday / Oct 22
12:00pm
AMC River East Theaters
322 E. Illinois Street

“Milano 2015” film screening

To buy tickets, please visit: www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

In this stunning omnibus feature, six Italian directors explore different facets of contemporary Milan, from subways to skyscrapers, shuttered old theaters to the inimitable La Scala. The result is a rich and eclectic portrait of urban life and spaces—both rooted in history and bursting with a diversity of architecture and humanity.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

Monday / Oct 26
1:00pm-2:00pm
Langham Hotel, 330 N. Wabash Avenue

Sustainability of “Today” in Contemporary Design: Massimo Iosa Ghini lecture and luncheon

RSVP required: info@ITADesignSeries.com

Presented in collaboration with Confindustria Ceramica.

Massimo Iosa Ghini will speak about his work, dedicated to the sustainability of “today.” He will lead the audience on a technical discovery of Italian ceramic tiles and the cutting edge solutions to meet the most daring challenges of contemporary, sustainable architecture.

Massimo Iosa Ghini founded the Bolidismo Group and was part of the Memphis Group with Ettore Sottass. His design and architectural works have received important honorable mentions including the Compasso D‘Oro Award ADI, and many other awards.

 

3:30pm
AMC River East Theaters
322 E. Illinois Street

”Perche` un film su Michele De Lucchi” film screening

To buy tickets, please visit: www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

A student and associate of Ettore Sottsass, Michele De Lucchi was a prominent figure of the Memphis Group and has worked work on prominent architectural and industrial design projects, designing and renovating buildings for Enel, Olivetti, Piaggio, Poste Italiane and Telecom Italia as well as museums such as the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Berlin’s Neues Museum and the recent Galleria d’Italia Piazza Scala in Milan.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

Tuesday / Oct 27
1:00pm-2:00pm
Langham Hotel
330 N. Wabash Avenue

Creative Empathy: Mario Cucinella lecture
From Design to Architecture: Working stone at different scale: Aldo Cibic lecture

RSVP required: info@ITADesignSeries.com

Presented in collaboration with Confindustria Marmomacchine.

Mario Cucinella will elaborate on his definition of sustainability, which must take into account two points of view, the first technical and performance, the other for a new relationship between architecture and landscape: a creative empathy.

Mario Cucinella is well-known for his studies of the environmental sustainability of constructions. The mission of his studio MCA (Mario Cucinella Architects) is to produce projects that pay particular attention to energy issues and the environmental impact of buildings. Cucinella has been awarded numerous international prizes.

Aldo Cibic will discuss his constant fascination with the incredible versatility of marble. His research goes beyond the aesthetics of the new, abandons the reduction of content to form, and rethinks everyday living.

Aldo Cibic was a partner of the studio Sottsass & Associati and a founding member of the Memphis Group. In 1989, he founded Cibic & Partners dedicated to design, interiors and architecture projects both in Italy and abroad. Cibic has taught industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano, at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and at Domus Academy. He is an honorary professor at Tongii University in Shanghai.

6:00pm-8:00pm
Italian Cultural Institute
500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450

Roundtable Discussion Creative Empathy in Contemporary Design with Massimo Iosa Ghini, Mario Cuccinella and Aldo Cibic

Registration required. Click here to register.

A conversation with Massimo Iosa Ghini, Mario Cuccinella and Aldo Cibic about their experiences and challenges in the application of sustainability of today.

Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Confindustria Ceramica and Confindustria Marmomacchine.

Wednesday / Nov 11
6:00pm-8:00pm
Illinois Institute of Technology
S.R. Crown Hall
3360 South State Street

Stefano Boeri: The CTBUH Lecture

Stefano Boeri, a Milan-based architect who has been widely published, has taught at leading universities, and is on the 2015 Milan Architecture Expo Advisory Board, will deliver the CTBUH Lecture as part of IIT Architecture Chicago's Dean's Lecture Series.

Stefano Boeri is a Milan-based architect and urban planner and a founding partner of Stefano Boeri Architetti. A professor of urban planning at the Politecnico di Milano, he has been a visiting professor at Harvard GSD, MIT and Berlage Institute, among others. He was editor in chief of “Domus” (2004-2007) and editor in chief of “Abitare” (2007 -2011). Boeri was part of the Architecture Advisory Board in charge of developing the guidelines for the urban transformations to be implemented for the 2015 Milan Architecture Expo.

Thursday / Nov 12
10:00am-5:30pm
Illinois Institute of Technology
Herman Hall
3241 South Federal Street

CTBUH Annual Tall Building Awards Symposium

Free event
RSVP required: http://awards.ctbuh.org/event

The CTBUH Annual Tall Building Awards Program is an independent annual review of new tall building and urban habitat projects and technologies, judged by a prestigious, multisciplinary panel of global experts. 

The 2015 Best Tall Building Award Winners have been named from nominees representing a total of 33 countries from each of the four global regions. Additional juried awards include the 10 Year Award, the 2015 Performance Award, the 2015 Innovation Award, and the 2015 Urban Habitat Award. 

Stefano Boeri, Founder and Senior Architect, Boeri Studio, Milan, will be a speaker at this event.