Vittorio Gregotti was born in 1927 in Novara, Italy. He earned his degree in architecture at the Polytechnic School of Milan in 1952. He soon began teaching and contributing to Casabella Continuità magazine, for which he served as editor-in-chief between 1955 and 1963. Winner of the International Grand Prize at the 13th Milan Triennale in 1964, he was also director of Visual Arts at the Venice Biennale from 1974 to 1976. In parallel in 1974, he founded the Gregotti Associati firm in Milan. He taught in Palermo and Venice before being invited to Harvard and has contributed to numerous magazines. Vittorio Gregotti works on all scales, from the industrial object to large housing projects. The Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon (1988 – 1993) and the University of Calabria in Cosenza (1973 – 1979) are among the most noteworthy examples.
Since 1999, he has headed the Global Project Development firm, which promotes sustainable architecture with a primary focus on respect for the environment. Starting with the city itself and its history, Vittorio Gregotti finds inspiration in local and regional cultures and rejects the Universalist tendency inherent in modernist rationalism. These aspects are visible both in his firm’s projects and in his dense bibliographic production, as demonstrated by his two major works: Il Territorio dell’architectura (1966) and La Città visibile (1991).
© Quartier résidentiel de Pujiang – Pujiang Residential District, CN, 2002 – 2003
this video :
Vittorio Gregotti speech video
Thursday, 1st October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Quartier résidentiel de Pujiang – Pujiang Residential District, CN, 2002 – 2003
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