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23/05/2024 | ARCHITECTURE

THE CITIES OF THE FUTURE

Posted by: Sofia Alberti

Milan is poised to once again become the epicenter of architecture and the commercial real estate market. From May 20th to 26th, 2024, the city will host two major international events: the 6th edition of Milano Arch Week and the 8th edition of MAPIC Italy. Although distinct in their objectives, these events share the Milanese stage for a week filled with meetings, reflections, and networking opportunities, painting a futuristic picture of urban transformations and new retail dynamics.

These days, Milan transforms into a global stage, where every step through its streets becomes an immersion in the world of innovation and future prospects. Through a lens as broad as it is fascinating, the 6th edition of Milano Arch Week and the 8th edition of MAPIC Italy offer a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities facing the cities of the future. From eco-sustainability to urban regeneration, from densification to new forms of social cohesion, every topic addressed has a tangible impact on how we live and interact with our surroundings.
   The central theme of this year's Milano Arch Week, under the artistic direction of Stefano Boeri, is "weak architecture," notable for its ability to listen to and respond to the needs of the community. The idea that architecture can be a "gentle force" reflecting the history of the city underscores the importance of maintaining an authentic connection with the urban context. As Norman Foster asserts, "Architecture should reflect the time and place in which it is built, without forgetting our role as stewards of the planet."
   The buzzword seems to be "innovation," but not in the conventional sense. It is rather a radical innovation, capable of embracing both cutting-edge technology and ancient traditions, with the common goal of creating more sustainable and inclusive spaces. It is a call to human creativity in its purest form, capable of reinventing our way of living.
   But with innovation come challenges, and experts are raising crucial questions on this front. How can we find a balance between verticalization and quality of life? How can we ensure that urban growth does not compromise social cohesion and biodiversity? In this context, Rem Koolhaas' words resonate about the need to "reclaim public space as a place for meeting and exchange," in an era where the pandemic has challenged the very concept of urban conviviality. At the same time, Bjarke Ingels' reflections on the importance of "thinking systematically and holistically" remind us that urban challenges require integrated and forward-thinking solutions.
   The quest for innovative solutions to reduce the ecological footprint of buildings and cities has become an absolute priority, as demonstrated by MAPIC Italy, the main real estate market update event held within the walls of Superstudio Maxi. Here, the goal is to discuss how to make retail increasingly integrated and sustainable, exploring new strategies to meet the needs of contemporary consumers.
   And while the challenges ahead may seem insurmountable in an era characterized by growing inequalities and divisions, urban design aims to create accessible and welcoming spaces for everyone.

Mapic 2023 Conference, Superstudio Maxi, Via Moncucco 35
Entrance, Mapic 2023, Superstudio Maxi, Via Moncucco 35
Talk on the architecture of the future in the garden of the Triennale di Milano
Talk by Boeri and Koolhaas in the garden of the Triennale di Milano

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