15 must-read articles about Milan published this year

Among the publications of Domusweb in these uncertain months, a selection of articles including photos of the desolate metropolis during the lockdown and the great architectures that have always characterized it.


Maurizio Montagna goes on a photographic tour in a quarantined Milan

The architectural photographer’s pictures, taken exclusively for Domus around the outer ring-road of the Italian city, capture the outskirts that we can no longer look at. We wanted to observe the Milan of the Milanese people. We just had to find the right photographer and Maurizio Montagna enthusiastically accepted the challenge. Milanese by birth and inclination, he has 20 years of architectural photography to his name and has exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale. “I’ll do it for Milan.” he said. Read full article here.

Are the lights at San Siro going to be switched off forever?

What we are used to call the “Scala of football” could be destined to disappear. Roberto Conte photographs Milan’s stadium one last time for Domus. Monuments are messages written in stone to pass on values, emotions, and experiences to the subsequent generations. Not all monuments were designed to be monuments. Sometimes, they become such after a lot of time and effort. This is the case of the Meazza Stadium in Milan, for which the end may come before time, neglect and loneliness devour it. Read full article here.

Ventura Projects closes. Founder Margriet Vollenberg explains why

Lee Broom, Time Machine, Ventura Centrale 2017. Photo Andrea Astesiano

It was born to highlight the work of very young designers and design students, with the popular formats of Ventura Lambrate – that was literally like having a piece of The Netherlands in north-east Milano –, and the scenic Ventura Centrale, in the abandoned depots of the city’s Central Station. “The world where Ventura Projects was born doesn’t exist anymore”, says the founder of the most popular section at Milan Design Week, explaining why she decided to shut it down, remembering the good old moments. Is this the end of a utopia? Read full article here.

What I saw crossing Milan on foot from north to south

Corso Buenos Aires, Milan. Photo Gabriele Ferraresi

From Cologno to Assago going through the city, from north to south, in a day’s journey and 26 km. Gabriele Ferraresi documents his annual crossing of Milan on foot. “I am there because every year for the past ten years I have been embarking on this small venture, which is my trip through Milan. It’s a small venture because it’s really within everyone’s reach, even without training, and it can be completed in less than a day’s walk; but it’s still a venture, something that not everyone does, or feels like doing, or thinks about doing.” Read full article here.

Milan’s empty billboards portrayed by Giovanni Hänninen