Tall Buildings, June 22 at the Milan Triennale
Reportage from the event

 In Architecture, News

On June 22, 2022, the 11th Edition of the Italian/International Tall Buildings Conference, sponsored by the Iuav University of Venice and the Milan Polytechnic and coordinated by Aldo Norsa (former Full Professor, Iuav University of Venice) and Dario Trabucco (Associate Professor, Iuav University of Venice) was held in Milan.

The event, of which Elevatori Magazine is a media partner, was held in the Salone d’Onore of the Milan Triennale from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Speakers included Stefano Boeri (President, Triennale Milano), Emilio Faroldi (Pro-rector, Politecnico di Milano), Regina De Albertis (President, Assimpredil Ance), among others. Marco Piva (Founder, Studio Marco Piva) and Alessandro Adamo (Partner, Degw/Lombardini22) have also spoken.

The event

The Italian/International Tall Buildings conference, now in its 11th edition, was held in Milan in the Salone d’Onore of the Palazzo dell’Arte, home of the Triennale, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. The event had 52 sponsoring companies, 30 speakers and 240 other participants.

Launched at the Iuav University of Venice, where the research center of Ctbuh (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) directed by Dario Trabucco is based, it moved to Milan in 2016 when Iuav was joined as a sponsoring academic entity by Polimi and later Triennale Milano.


Event poster. Click on the image to download the .pdf file

Conceived and animated by Aldo Norsa (formerly of Iuav and Polimi), scientific director of the research company Guamari, the conference allowed for a comparison of innovations in the design and construction of tall buildings in Italy (residential and tertiary) as well as examples of urban regeneration associated with the most significant achievements abroad.

The 11th conference, following a proven pattern, devoted the morning session to developments in Milan (the only Italian city in which new high-rise buildings are currently being designed and built) and the afternoon session to updating expertise in Italy and around the world, both by illustrating innovative and challenging realizations and research abroad and by theoretical interventions on issues such as management safety, sustainability, recycling, as well as examples of innovative and ecological technologies for example in the use of steel and wood structures, glass envelopes to end with the resistance of tall buildings (with increasingly unusual configurations) to the effects of wind.

At the conclusion, prizes were awarded to the eight winners of a competition held for the first year (and open to all project and site operators) on “participatory safety” by GAe Engineering with the support of Guamari.

After greetings from Stefano Boeri (Triennale Milano), Emilio Faroldi (Politecnico di Milano), Regina De Albertis (Assimpredil Ance) and Federico Aldini (Ordine Architetti di Milano) in the morning new projects were presented by Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Alessandro Scandurra, André Straja (GaS Studio), Marco Piva and Michele Rossi (Park Associati). Leopoldo Freyrie introduced the topic of urban regeneration, which was then illustrated by Stefano Minini (LendLease) for the “Mind” project and Carlo Valsecchi (Hines) for “MilanoSesto.”

In the afternoon Kent Jackson (SOM), Frans van Vuure (UNStudio), Alessandro Adamo (Degw), Giuseppe Dibari and Leandra Rodenhuis (Deerns) presented sustainable design approaches, Marco Oldani (Dassault Systèmes) digital innovations, Giuseppe Amaro (GAe Engineering) and Massimo Nossan (Gemmo) processes for safety and global service, Enrico Barbiero (Rizzani de Eccher), Lorenzo Zabbra (Pizzarotti) with Giulia Carravieri (ATI Project) challenging Italian realizations abroad. On technological innovations, Manuel Schieder (H-B Engineering), Marina D’Antimo (ArcelorMittal) and Massimo Corsini (Focchi) reported on wooden and steel structures and glass enclosures, respectively. Gianni Bartoli (University of Florence) reported on the most advanced methods for testing the wind resistance of tall buildings.