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Trees in the Sky: The Challenges of a Forest City



Trees in the Sky: The Challenges of a Forest City


October 6th, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Trees in the Sky: The Challenges of a Forest City

Thursday, October 6, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 pm
The Chicago Cultural Center | 1st Floor Garland Room

$10 for Non-members

Free for WorldChicago members! To register please contact

A WorldChicago Coffee Conversation featuring Italian Architect Stefano Boeri with Architectural Historian Jonathan Mekinda

Stefano Boeri, a Milan-based architect will talk about the “Bosco Verticale,” a project realized by Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni Lavarra) and presented at the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015 that consists of two towers in Milan, Italy. On the 12th of November 2015, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury selected Bosco Verticale, as the overall “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards Symposium.

A conversation between Boeri and architectural historian Jonathan Mekinda will follow with a Q&A.

Stefano Boeri is an Italian Architect and Urban Planner, born in Milan. Among his best known projects are the “Vertical Forest” in Milan, the “Villa Méditerranée” in Marseille, and the “House of the Sea” at La Maddalena. He is a professor of urban planning at the Polytechnic University of Milan, and has taught a many universities world-wide, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Berlage Institute, and Columbia University. Boeri has been recently appointed as Director of a post doctoral research program at the Tongji University in Shanghai, where he is developing an international research platform called Forest City Lab (FCL), a multidisciplinary lab exploring the future of the cities under the perspective of biodiversity and urban forestation, as an answer to the climate change crisis, with the support of the Italian Politecnico of Mila- no and of TU Braunschweig in Germany.

Jonathan Mekinda is a historian of modern architecture and design and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on architecture and design during the middle decades of the twentieth century, particularly in Italy and the United States. Chicagoisms, which he co-edited with Alexander Eisenschmidt, was published by Park Books in 2013, and in 2014, they curated a related exhibition of the same name at the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to several on-going projects related to Chicago, Prof. Mekinda is currently at work on his book, Building the “House of Man”: Design and the Modern Home in Milan, 1933-1957.

This event is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Trade Agency in partnership with WorldChicago

$10 for Non-members

Free for WorldChicago members! To register please contact

For more information please contact Abbey Jennings at 312.254.1800 x103.


Data: Gio 6 Ott 2016

Orario: Alle 16:00

Ingresso : Libero


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