domusforum 2020: all the higlights from the event

The report of the event organized by Domus in Milan. Join the conversation using #domusforum2020

Will the concept of cities as we know them survive the era of the virus? This is the crucial question that lies at the heart of the third edition of domusforum – the future of cities, taking place today, November 4, in Milan, at Cavallerizze hall of the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, starting at 9.30am.

The event is live broadcasted on Domus and you can subscribe for free to follow the live video streaming.

The morning starts with the greeting of Sofia Bordone, CEO of Editoriale Domus, and Walter Mariotti, editorial director of Domus, who tells the audience how much architecture has become a central discipline in the last years, and that it's important that it interacts with other disciplines.

Fiorenzo Galli, general director of the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milan, stresses how it’s important to not consider the physical space as we did in the past, and explains that the museum has opened its spaces for the vaccination of citizens.

Architecture has become central in our years (Walter Mariotti)

Six bold visions of cities

Nicola Pianon of Boston Consulting Group presents “six bold visions city leaders are pursuing”, that are livable city, digital city, innovation city, resilient city, social emporewed city and sustainable city.

David Chipperfield, Domus guest editor 2020

I’m not sure the city will take a different shape, but for sure we’ll go back with a different attitude (David Chipperfield)

A civic ecology of the Mediterranean area

Gianni Bonini, geopolitical analyst, goes back to the La Casella social experiment of partecipatory design, “an ante litteram civic ecology” in Florence in the ’70s, to project the vision of a Mediterrean community able to face the challenge of the demographic challenges for the future: food, quality of life and preservation of natural resources with a world population of 9 billions.

Walter Mariotti interviews Marco Tronchetti Provera

After the pandemic, I think that there will be an evolution. New opportunities and new jobs. There will be more remote work, but that will not fully replace contact between people. We’ll travel less for leisure, but we’ll travel for business (Marco Tronchetti Provera)

Roundtable discussion: sustainability

Energy, infrastructure, finance: three perspectives on sustainability, with Walter Mariotti, Giulio De Carli (One Works), Giovanni Fosti (Fondazione Cariplo), Paolo Quaini (Edison Group).

Toward a postcolonial city

At domusforum 2020, Igiaba Scego tells the symbolic places of that colonial past. The result is a narrative and visual construction of a decolonized, multicultural, inclusive Italy, where every citizen can finally be himself.

Building the future on historical heritage

Jyoti Hosagrahar, deputy director at the UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, Paris, addressed the crucial role and contribution of cultural heritage to the cities of the future, to make them more socially and economically inclusive and environmentally resilient and sustainable, with a particular focus on historic centers/quarters – including contemporary interventions in historic contexts.

How to inhabit the complexity

It takes a paradigm shift to learn to inhabit complexity, explains Mauro Ceruti, professor at Iulm University in Milan: this is the challenge of the 21st century. We live in an increasingly complex world, in which everything is connected. And yet dramatic disintegrations are produced. A paradigm of "simplification" dominates, which deceptively separates us from nature, locks us within national boundaries, fragments knowledge, stiffens identities.

Roundtable discussion: new urban spaces

A conversation between Wowo Ding (Nanjin University), Raul Mehrotra (Harvard), Sarah M. Whiting (Harvard), and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani (ETH Zurich), who starts by pointing out that completely renouncing to the idea of density as we know it, would be a mistake. Rahul Mehrotra focuses on the topics of social iniquity that the pandemic is bringing. Sarah Whiting comments the American elections, and the phenomenom of the massive mail vote, which is something quite unprecedented in US history, and also in relationship with how the pandemic changed the approach of Americans to living.

Taranto, resilient city

Rinaldo Melucci, mayor of Taranto, explains the challenges of the Apulian town, which is trasforming to a post-industrial city, with stress on sustainability and the 2030 Agenda. A model that, if it will work, could ever be exported.

Whatever you do in life will be insignificant but it is very important that you do it because you can't know (Gandhi, quoted by Walter Mariotti)

The timetable

9:30 - 9.35 Inauguration and welcoming session – Sofia Bordone, CEO of Editoriale Domus

9.35 - 9.40 Opening session – Walter Mariotti, editorial director of Domus

9.40 - 9.45 Greetings – Fiorenzo Galli, general director of the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milan 

9.45 - 10.05 Presentation of A vision for the cities of the future by Boston Consulting Group – Nicola Pianon, managing director at BCG Milan 

10.05 - 10.20 David Chipperfield, guest editor of Domus 2020 

10.20 - 10.35 For a Mediterranean civic ecology – Gianni Bonini, geopolitical analyst

10.35 - 10.45 Walter Mariotti interviews Marco Tronchetti Provera, executive vice president and CEO of Pirelli 

10.45 - 11.30 Roundtable Energy, infrastructure, finance: three perspectives on sustainability.

Speakers: Giulio De Carli (architect, co-founder and managing partner of One Works), Giovanni Fosti (president of Fondazione Cariplo), Paolo Quaini (head of Energy services, Edison Group).
Moderator: Walter Mariotti

11.30 - 11.45 Negated Rome: Postcolonial Routes through the City – Igiaba Scego, writer, scholar 

11.45 - 12.00 Jyoti Hosagrahar, deputy director at the UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, Paris

12.00 - 12.15 Inhabiting complexity – Mauro Ceruti, full professor of Philosophy of science at IULM University, Milan

12.15 - 13.00 Roundtable New urban spaces at the service of tomorrow’s society.

Speakers: Wowo Ding (Nanjin University), Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani (ETH Zurich), Rahul Mehrotra (Harvard), Sarah M. Whiting (Harvard).
Moderator: Walter Mariotti

13.00 - 13.15 Taranto ecosystem. Strategy for an ecological, economic and energetic transition of Taranto Resilient City – Rinaldo Melucci, Mayor of Taranto 

13.15 - 13.25 Freedom – Walter Mariotti

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