For the XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano, entitled “21st Century. Design After Design”, Pirelli HangarBicocca is hosting the Triennale with the exhibition “Architecture as Art”, curated by Nina Bassoli and the architect Pierluigi Nicolin.
The exhibition presents fourteen “actual” samples of architecture, arranged in a sort of atlas that is intended to illustrate the themes and subjects that represent the new responsibilities of the architecture of the twenty-first century.
So the spatial organization of the exhibition avoids making up for the absence of the “real thing” with surrogates like drawings, texts, photos or models and, on the contrary, induces visitors to look at architecture from a different perspective, making it easier for them to discover its distinctive artistic character.
Michel Desvigne, Catherine Mosbach, Studio Mumbai, Rural Urban Framework, El Equipo de Mazzanti, Amateur Architecture Studio, Atelier Bow-Wow, Rural Studio, Josep Llinás Carmona, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Lacaton & Vassal, Studio Albori and nArchitects have been asked to find the architectural equivalent of entries in a possible dictionary, such as Portico, Entrance, Rehabilitation, Roof, Shelter, Pavilion, etc.
These figures should be seen as picks that can be used to unlock the expression of architectural ideas with regard to new paradigms, such as the new idea of active and participatory public space, the new ecological model or the merger of architecture with the discipline of landscape design.