Catania new judicial offices

The project for the new headquarters of the judicial offices of Catania, designed with Progetto CMR, treats building and public space with a holistic approach, thus establishing an indissoluble relationship between these two elements together with the urban and natural context. A city waterfront embedded between the sea and Etna.  The shape of the open courtyard reinterprets a building typology typical of Catania’s historical center and declines it in the site by opening the block towards the landscape and lifting part of the volume from the ground. To the simple composition of volumes corresponds a clear organization of the program, designed to be extremely functional and meet the needs of efficiency, safety and separation of the public flows from those of the employees. Taking advantage of the topography of the site, courtrooms and gardens are arranged on terraces sloping down towards the sea. The strong integration of the building with the landscape and with the public space gives a new aura to the exercise of justice: while maintaining its authoritative and institutional profile, it is deprived of the most intimidating aspects by emphasizing its civic and collective value. 

Milano Animal City is an exhibition/research curated by the students of the Urbanism and Urban Design courses 2015 and 2016 at Politecnico di Milano by profs. Stefano Boeri and Michele Brunello. Milano Animal City presents suggestions and visions for the ri-colonisation by animal and vegetal species of the milanese urban environment. Milano Animal City looks, indeed, to the city of Milan starting from the point of view of the animals that inhabit it, designing new spaces of reciprocity among human and animal species.

The new General Regulatory Plan of Pordenone arises from the desire and urgency to rethink the riches of the territory and the best way to exploit them for the benefit of the community. The reflections start from the realization that within the urban economy land rent no longer exists. The growth of a city must therefore draw on different resources. The Pordenone plan therefore focuses on the use of energy sources, considering them not as a single user but as a network. This attitude, together with the recovery of disused urban systems that are part of the system, means that there are important environmental consequences, favoring the growth of the city.

The project “Medusozoa – Trieste waterfront” articulates a proposal and re-launches the debate on possible interventions for Porto Vecchio in Trieste, in the light of the economic, social, political and technological conditions of the contemporary world. The strategy proposed by the project overturns the canons of the past by cynically assuming the most unfavorable socio-economic conditions of the contemporary crisis and making them the prerequisites of the project, but adopting pragmatic and innovative strategies with an ideal push and vision on the future through the complex metaphor of the Medusa as social activators.

Special edition of the T + A Magazine entitled “Expo as Eco-driver from Shanghai to Milan”.

Architect Michele Brunello contributed with the article “Expolis, A Space-time Journey in Expo Past, Present and Future Milestones.

This manifesto, developed with the Sino European Innovation Institute, stems from the need to turn urban innovations in each different field of knowledge into practice, in order to set up multidisciplinary activities that could guide and restore balance in the contemporary urban development, following guidelines that focus on both social welfare and individual needs.
The real goal is to give rise to creative cities, both from material and immaterial point of views, so as to adopt and achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development principles.

The “Desirable Land, Sant ‘Erasmo toward Expo 2015” book is a Manifesto for the protection of the agricultural-cultural heritage that sees as a case study the Sant’ Erasmo island and the relationship with the Venice lagoon. The aim of the book is to draw up guidelines for the development and promotion of the territory and to create a possible economic, social and physical model that is virtuous, alternative and leading for the development of the islands of the lagoon.

The project “Medusozoa – Trieste waterfront” articulates a proposal and re-launches the debate on possible interventions for Porto Vecchio in Trieste, in the light of the economic, social, political and technological conditions of the contemporary world. The strategy proposed by the project overturns the canons of the past by cynically assuming the most unfavorable socio-economic conditions of the contemporary crisis and making them the prerequisites of the project, but adopting pragmatic and innovative strategies with an ideal push and vision on the future through the complex metaphor of the Medusa as social activators.

The Kakuma Soko project aims to introduce a new market concept standard within a very complex environment; the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Working with modules that can be reproduced, modulated and constructed with site-specific materials, the project provides the possibility to involve the community even during the construction phases of the market. The soil has been designed as a multifunctional device that distributes the fluxes and works as drainage system and waste collector.

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