25 June, 2019

MILAN – The ninth Italian/International Tall Buildings conference took place on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 in the Salone d’Onore of Palazzo dell’Arte, the renowned monument designed by Giovanni Muzio in 1933 to house the Milan Triennale (which this year reached the 22nd international edition). During a full day (10 am–6:30 pm) it hosted some 350 participants (50 of whom participated in a inauguration private party). Sponsored by CTBUH, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and by the Università Iuav di Venezia and the Politecnico di Milano, it has chosen as media partner the international magazine Domus, which just celebrated its 90th anniversary. A strength of this annual Italian event is that the University of Venice is, for the last five years, the research hub of CTBUH, managed by Professor Dario Trabucco, who coordinates activities both at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago and at Tongji University in Shanghai.

Professor Aldo Norsa, former professor at IUAV and a mentor of Trabucco, was involved in presentations and discussions by the most interesting international experts teaching and practicing the disciplines most crucial to the success of tall buildings. New to the edition 2019 is the participation at the conference of two prominent real estate developing firms, responsible for the major urban renewal hubs which have given Milan its new revival. CityLife and COIMA, personally represented by CEO and general manager of Generali Real Estate, here in his role of president of CityLife, Aldo Mazzocco, and the managing director and investor realtor of Coima, Kelly Russell Catella. They discussed how the dimensions of the horizontal (social and urban quality of life) and the vertical (iconic competitive skyline) can be integrated.

Following the institutional greetings, the morning session was dedicated to how Milan is rapidly changing, taking into account its second challenge: hosting, with Cortina, the 2026 Winter Olympics after the “renaissance” marked by the organization of the Expo 2015. A special feature was, for the first time, illustration of what promises to be one of the tallest hospitals in Europe, Galeazzi, the first step of the conversion of the former Expo grounds into “Mind” (Milan Innovation District). Other architectural highlights were the new conceptions by two Italian firms, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Marco Piva, as well as daring visions from international firms such as Bjarke Ingels Group and PLP Architecture.

The afternoon was dedicated to the new frontiers of technological innovation in crucial fields such as advanced structural engineering, energy-efficient HVAC/MEP design, anti-seismic, safety and security expertise, project/construction management, detailing of façades, and the layout and performance specification of elevators.