Mi­la­no, co­sì mo­der­na Mi­lan, so Mo­dern

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Si sa che Mi­la­no è ap­prez­za­ta da­gli ar­chi­tet­ti per i suoi an­dro­ni, i cor­ti­li se­gre­ti, l’uso del­la pie­tra, la sua den­si­tà co­sì de­ci­sa­men­te ur­ba­na e fun­zio­na­le, co­sì mo­der­na. Lo è so­prat­tut­to per le ope­re a cie­lo aper­to idea­te da Giu­sep­pe Ter­ra­gni, Gio Pon­ti, Pie­ro Por­ta­lup­pi, Lui­gi Cac­cia Do­mi­nio­ni, Igna­zio Gar­del­la, Mar­co Za­nu­so, Lu­do­vi­co Ma­gi­stret­ti e mol­ti al­tri pro­get­ti­sti che han­no fat­to la sto­ria del No­ve­cen­to. Que­sto vo­lu­me rap­pre­sen­ta una gui­da al­la sco­per­ta de­gli an­ni d’oro dell’ar­chi­tet­tu­ra me­ne­ghi­na, at­tra­ver­so le re­si­den­ze più si­gni­fi­ca­ti­ve rea­liz­za­te dal pri­mo do­po­guer­ra all’ini­zio de­gli an­ni Set­tan­ta. Dal­la fa­mo­sa Ca’ Brüt­ta di Gio­van­ni Mu­zio al­la Ca­sa Cor­bel­li­ni Was­ser­mann di Por­ta­lup­pi, dal­la Tor­re Ve­la­sca di BBPR al com­ples­so re­si­den­zia­le di via Ar­ge­la­ti fir­ma­to Fran­co Al­bi­ni e Fran­ca Helg, fi­no al­la pa­laz­zi­na di Vi­co Ma­gi­stret­ti su piaz­za San Mar­co: nel­le ol­tre 500 pa­gi­ne si sus­se­guo­no le fo­to­gra­fie in bian­co e ne­ro (scat­ta­te ad hoc da Ste­fa­no To­pun­to­li), le pla­ni­me­trie e i pro­spet­ti de­gli 80 edi­fi­ci scel­ti (e ri­di­se­gna­ti) da Pie­ri­ni e Isa­stia in­sie­me a un team del Po­li­tec­ni­co di Mi­la­no. Co­me in­tro­du­zio­ne, una bel­la te­sti­mo­nian­za di Ci­no Zuc­chi, se­gui­ta da due sag­gi de­gli au­to­ri che col­lo­ca­no l’ar­go­men­to nel con­te­sto dell’ar­chi­tet­tu­ra del XX se­co­lo. (Ire­ne Gu­z­man)

We know that Mi­lan is ad­mi­red by ar­chi­tec­ts for its en­tran­ce halls, its hid­den cour­tyards, its use of sto­ne and its so de­ci­ded­ly ur­ban and func­tio­nal – and mo­dern – den­si­ty. Abo­ve all for the works of Giu­sep­pe Ter­ra­gni, Gio Pon­ti, Pie­ro Por­ta­lup­pi, Lui­gi Cac­cia Do­mi­nio­ni, Igna­zio Gar­del­la, Mar­co Za­nu­so, Lu­do­vi­co Ma­gi­stret­ti and ma­ny other ar­chi­tec­ts who sha­ped the hi­sto­ry of the 20th cen­tu­ry. The vo­lu­me Ca­se mi­la­ne­si 1923-1973 is a gui­de to the di­sco­ve­ry of the gol­den years of Mi­la­ne­se ar­chi­tec­tu­re, th­rou­gh the mo­st si­gni­fi­cant re­si­den­ces built from the end of the Fir­st World War to the be­gin­ning of the 1970s. From Gio­van­ni Mu­zio’s fa­mous Ca’ Brüt­ta to Por­ta­lup­pi’s Ca­sa Cor­bel­li­ni Was­ser­mann, from the Stu­dio BBPR’s Tor­re Ve­la­sca to the re­si­den­tial com­plex in Via Ar­ge­la­ti de­si­gned by Fran­co Al­bi­ni and Fran­ca Helg and Vi­co Ma­gi­stret­ti’s small block of fla­ts in Piaz­za San Mar­co: its over 500 pa­ges are fil­led wi­th black-and-whi­te pho­to­gra­phs (ta­ken by Ste­fa­no To­pun­to­li), plans and ele­va­tions of the 80 buil­dings se­lec­ted (and re­dra­wn) by Pie­ri­ni and Isa­stia to­ge­ther wi­th a team from Mi­lan Po­ly­tech­nic. A fi­ne in­tro­duc­tion by Ci­no Zuc­chi is fol­lo­wed by two cri­ti­cal es­says by the au­thors that set the su­b­ject in the wi­der con­text of 20th-cen­tu­ry ar­chi­tec­tu­re

Ca­se mi­la­ne­si 1923-1973 Or­si­na Si­mo­na Pie­ri­ni e Ales­san­dro Isa­stia Hoe­pli, 2017 pp 512, € 69,90

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