“Universitas/Universities – Architecture Schools in the World” at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition provides a critical selection of significant university buildings related to Schools of Architecture in an international context. Organized in collaboration with prestigious foreign universities, the exhibition devotes special attention to the theme of space for design projects.

 

Delft Architecture School © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Delft Architecture School © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

 

Over the last two centuries, the buildings designed to house Schools of Architecture have often been driven by a specific ambition, beyond the customary aim of providing facilities adequate for their functions: the desire to teach a lesson of architecture through their own image and spatial organization.


 

Practical information

“Universitas / Universities – Architecture Schools in the World”
June 23 – September 12, 2016
Politecnico di Milano
Exhibiton space “Guido Nardi”
Via Ampère, 2, 20133 Milano
Italy

 


From the historic Bauakademie of Schinkel in Berlin to the recent Abedian School of Architecture by CRAB in Gold Coast, Australia, by way of the S. R. Crown Hall by Mies van der Rohe in Chicago and the FAUP by Álvaro Siza in Porto, to name just a few, what  clearly emerges is the intention to instruct through the construction of a school.

 

Paul Rudolph teaching inside the Art and Architecture Building, Yale University, Chicago, 1958-64 © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Paul Rudolph teaching inside the Art and Architecture Building, Yale University, Chicago, 1958-64 © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

J. B. Vilanova Artigas, FAU, São Paulo, 1961-69 © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

J. B. Vilanova Artigas, FAU, São Paulo, 1961-69 © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

 

A teaching that  finds precise correspondences and concrete materializations in the spaces of higher education linked to the architectural disciplines: design ateliers, model making workshops, exhibition spaces. The correspondence between buildings and educational programs, a source of pride for Mies van der Rohe in the case of the IIT campus, may  not make the architecture of schools actually “speak,” as Ledoux intended, but it certainly makes it  eloquent.

 

Álvaro Siza, FAUP, Porto, 1995 © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Álvaro Siza, FAUP, Porto, 1995 © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

CRAB Studio, Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, Queensland, Australia, 2015 © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

CRAB Studio, Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, Queensland, Australia, 2015 © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

 

Exhibition catalogue “Universitas / Universities – Architecture Schools in the World”, edited by Marco Biraghi and Simona Pierini.

 

Sections of Architecture Schools © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Sections of Architecture Schools © Fondazione Politecnico di Milano


 

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