Cloudscrapers. A century of skyscrapers in Milan

From November 6 to December 6 the Polytechnic University of Milan and the Riccardo Catella Foundation recount the story of Milan skyscrapers.


Milan Cloudscraper


Milan, as told in the exhibition “Cloudscrapers. A century of skyscrapers in Milan” hosted from November 6 to December 6 at the Riccardo Catella Foundation,  via Gaetano De Castillia 28, is a rising city. It is a city designed by the silhouettes of the Velasca and Pirelli Towers, but also by the Lombardy regional government’s new headquarters,  the  Unicredit Tower by Cesar Pelli and the Porta Nuova Business District.


The exhibition curated by Alessandra Coppa, a professor of History of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan, traces a century of skyscrapers in Mila, showcasing  80 buildings that characterize the architectural face of Milan seen through artistic photographs and original drawings: from the “Cloudscraper” by engineer Achilles Manfredini (1910) to the unbuilt futurist drawings by architect Antonio Sant’Elia. In addition, the exhibition also includes video interviews with designers and architects, the main characters of the Porta Nuova project, magazine editors and architecture critics as Francesco Dal Co, Carlo Olmo, Mario Botta, Pierluigi Nicolin, Stefano Boeri, Cino Zucchi, Italo Rota, Fulvio Irace; a great 8×3 meters Milan skyline print signed by Mexican artist Raymundo Sesma; touch screen displays with project tabs implemented by the students of History of Contemporary Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano; plans, elevations, sections and vintage photos from the documentary collections of the Historical Archive of the Municipality of Milan, the ATM, and private foundations.

The event is organized by the Riccardo Catella Foundation in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan and aims to highlight the role of architecture as an art of building cities and a key component of the Made in Italy, to be rediscovered and  valued  also in view of Milan Expo 2015.


Milan Cloudscraper 1


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Cover image by Giorgia Genova