LECTURE|The City: from Growth to Regeneration & From Geography to Object

Been Rector of the IUAV University.

Marino Folin was Curator of the Italian participation at 6th Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale in 1998(Hans Hollein Director). Amongst others, he has been a member of the board of directors of Milan Triennale,founding member of the International Academy of Environmental Sciences (IAES); and since 2006, President ofIUAV Foundation (-2013), Vice President of Fondazione Venezia (-2012), and the President of Venezia 2000Foundation. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of Venice's exhibition at the coming 2015Expo in Milan, and, since 2013, President of EMGdotART Foundation.

Prof. Arch. Aldo Aymonino was born in Rome 1953. He graduated in Architectural Design in Rome (1980) and became a register of Professional Architects of Rome since December 1981.In 1991 he was invited by the Venice Biennale to exhibit his work in the Italian Pavilion in the Fifth International Exhibition of Architecture. In 1996 was invited by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in London to the exhibition Architecture on the Horizon. In 2006 was invited by the Biennale di Venezia at the International University Workshop Learning from Cities. Since 1992 he has been Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo-Ontario (Canada), the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto (Canada), the School of Architecture at Cornell (USA), Rome Programme, the Illinois Institute of Technology of Chicago, the Universidade Moderna in Lisbon and at the TU Delft (Holland).From 2000 onward he is Full Professor at the Department of Architecture and Arts at the Università IUAV di Venezia where he teach Architectural and Urban Design, and a member of the scientific committee of the International European PhD program “Villard de Honnecourt”.He is member of the Accademic Senate of the Iuav University of Venice.He is the founder, in 2009, of the International Student Program “Laboratori Metropolitani/Metropolitan Laboratories”.



The City: from Growth to Regeneration

Since its beginning until 150 years ago, for 5000 years the city has been bordered by walls. Each city had its own social and physical identity. City planning tools have been redefined and implemented starting from 150 years ago. After the II World War, urban growth underwent a tremendous acceleration. Cities reached a size never seen before under no comprehensive control. Cities appear with no borders and no shared identity, but new names and definitions. However, they also start to be characterized by hard to solve problems, for instance, traffic congestion, pollution, segregation, etc. What to do for a better city to live? The second part will present some study cases and, in particular, the Recentralization Plan Prof. Folin is working on for the city of Verona


From Geography to Object

“From geography to object” face the theme of the difference of scales that an architect must deal with during his professional life.

If in one side it seems that the society and clients (public or private ones) constantly ask for a more and more specialized professional person, on the other side the same clients ask for an consultant that “solve problems” that occur in everyday life, both in a very simple or highly complex situation.In this “gap” (or apparent contradictions) architect can be the professional figure needed because the balance of his knowledge between humanities and scientific ones.

The lecture will show some examples that goes from the territorial and landscaping scale to industrial design of urban furniture objects that shapes the perception of our contemporary cities.