ITALIAN DESIGN DAY 2020“Proximity vs Social Distancing”: A Conversation with Arch. Francesco Fresa of Piuarch
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 12:00 NOON
"According to us, architecture is the space that is created between one building and another. Indeed, what is more important is how much it is able of generating with its shape, shadow and silhouette in an urban space. The latter is a crucial theme for the future of design, however contradicted by Covid-19 which sanctioned a new verb, to social distance: living urban space by measures.
Now that we have returned to live in the city but under the aegis of restrictions, what will be the new “rituals” of shared life? It will be necessary to rethink cities by redefining the concept of proximity as an alternative to social distancing. Even in design, we believe it is right to start from human interaction, an essential value of our lives, no matter how smart we want to imagine them." (Arch. Francesco Fresa)
The 4th edition of the “Italian Design Day” is presented in Vancouver by the Consulate General of Italy in cooperation with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West and Piuarch, after a worldwide initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with MiBACT, MISE, ICE Agenzia, Confindustria, Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), Fondazione ADI-Compasso d'Oro, Federlegno Arredo, Salone del Mobile Milano and Triennale Milano.
After graduating in Architecture from the University of Rome, in 1986 Francesco Fresa moved to Berlin, where he worked until 1991. From 1991 to 1996 he worked with Gregotti Associati, for whom he was responsible for projects and construction sites in Germany and managed relations with German clients and government, in particular those based in Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. He founded Piuarch in 1996 together with Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario. As a partner of the firm, his work focuses primarily on the management of international projects, with particular regard to urban regeneration plans, residential complexes, office and retail buildings.
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