17 mar. / 5 may 2014 - archivio cattaneo
como - italy

Cesare Cattaneo is a very important architect: he was not obsessed with the life going on within the buildings; he was not overdriven by artistic compulsions; he was rather this two things together and very attentive to the relationship that binds human life and the built space. Cattaneo’s projects are not only beautiful, or functional; they have an architectural appeal that makes them actually lived, and thus sustainable. Indeed, differently from what someone could think, ‘to be actually lived’ is a characteristic of the built space that is strongly dependent on architecture: for example, only by the means of architectural design, public spaces can have a continuous life -albeit differentiated- and thus not to become a burden of maintenance for the collectivity. Unfortunately, to capture this characteristic demands extreme disciplinary maturity, a maturity that lacked in some masters of architecture, too, but most of all in the myriad of mid- and low-skilled operators that have shaped the space of our cities. Archivio Cattaneo is a foundation that aims at nurturing Cattaneo’s legacy by preserving his works and by supporting the continuity and renewal of his approach to architecture. Following this agenda, the lecture series 'Materiurbana' tried to bring attention to contemporary architects that are attentive to the relationship between human life and built space: the series presented some unjustly not-so-well-known European practitioners and an informal network of young Italian architects which is debating the design of urban spaces precisely from within the perspective of the aforementioned relationship.

in debate: Francesco Messina, Bodar; Riccardo Miselli, Neostudio; Luca Belatti, Ipostudio; Gianandrea Barreca, barreca e la varra; Frederic Bonnet, Obras.