Monthly Archives: Giugno 2018

MoMoWo International Symposium | Politecnico di Torino | 2018

In September 2017 we have been entrusted by Siti Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione, one of the partners of MoMoWo, a large-scale cooperation cultural project co-funded by the Creative Culture Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the Polytechnic of Turin, to organise the final Symposium of the project from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th June 2018Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2108): Toward a New Perception and Reception at the Politecnico di Torino – Lingotto Campus, Via Nizza 230, Torino, Italy.

More than 150 abstracts received, 180 speakers, 150 Attenders


We have been in charge of:


Organisation of the Call for abstracts

Online registration system & abstracts and proceedings collection

Promotion and dissemination

Collection and first editing of the Book of abstracts and the Book of proceedings 

Organisation of the Symposium, the technical guided tours  and the Social Dinner

MoMoWo considers an issue of contemporary cultural, social and economic importance, from both a European and an interdisciplinary perspective, women’s achievements in the design professions.

After almost four years of successful project activities, and in accordance with the MoMoWo mission, the International Conference | Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2018): Toward a New Perception and Reception continues to increase the visibility of creative women, to foster in Europe and beyond interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment “from the spoon to the city”, and to facilitate the exchange of research results and professional practices in the fields of architecture, civil engineering and design.

Client: Siti

Year: 2017-2018

Fondazione per l’Architettura | Carlo Mollino: a lecture and a tour| 2018


In the frame of the exhibition “L’occhio magico di Carlo Mollino. Fotografie 1934-1973” organised by CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia (8 gennaio – 13 maggio 2018) Laura Milan was entrusted by the Fondazione per l’Architettura to give a lecture together with Sergio Pace  to present Carlo Mollino as an architect. Laura Milan and Sergio Pace, historians of architecture, have been the guides of a journey in space and time, almost 40 years long, between the city of Turin and the Alps, where the architecture of Mollino is a stop-over. The works, the result of small private projects or large public works, are still all existing and date back to the period between 1933 and 1973. Among these: the headquarters of the Federation of Farmers of Cuneo with Vittorio Baudi di Selve (1933-34) , the Casa del Fascio of Voghera with Eugenio Mollino (1934), the sledge to the Nero Lake, above Sauze d’Oulx (1946-47), the House for Felice Garelli in Champoluc (1963-65), the Casa in Viale Maternità ad Aosta (1951-53), the complex for the INA Casa di Torino (1957). Great attention will be given to his most important works: the Palazzo degli Affari for the Turin Chamber of Commerce, built between 1964 and 1973 together with Carlo Graffi, Alberto Galardi and Antonio Migliasso, and the new Teatro Regio, realized with Carlo Graffi , Sergio Musmeci and Marcello and Adolfo Zavelani Rossi between 1965 and 1973. The project was presented on TAO Magazine.

In the same period Laura Milan guided two tours to discover Palazzo degli Affari, one of the most interesting modern buildings in Turin, and the Teatro Regio, a work-symbol of the architectural production of Carlo Mollino.

Client: Fondazione per l’Architettura, Turin 

Year: 2018


Pier Luigi Nervi. Aesthetics and Technology in Building: the Twenty-First-Century Edition | University Of Illinois Press | 2018

In 2017 Cristiana Chiorino has been the editor with Elisabetta Margiotta Nervi and Thomas Leslie, for the new edition of the Norton Lectures given by Pier Luigi Nervi in 1965 in Harvard, Aesthetics and Technology in Building: The Twenty-First-Century Edition. Nervi was invited to deliver one-third of the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures in Poetry at Harvard in 1961-62, along with fellow designer/engineers Felix Candela and Buckminster Fuller.  The Norton Lectures had a long tradition of inviting both traditional poets, and artists whose work evoked poetry, but that year’s invitees were particularly striking.  Could engineers be considered poets?  In an era of profound optimism about technology’s prospects, this was an inspired choice.This new edition introduces Nervi’s ideas about architecture and engineering to a new generation of students and admirers. More than 200 photographs, details, drawings, and plans show how Nervi put his ideas into practice. Expanding on the seminal 1961 Norton Lectures at Harvard, Nervi analyzes various functional and construction problems. He also explains how precast and cast-in-place concrete can answer demands for economy, technical and functional soundness, and aesthetic perfection. Throughout, he uses his major projects to show how these now-iconic buildings emerged from structural truths and far-sighted construction processes. This new edition features a new introduction and essays by Joseph Abram and Alberto Bologna on Nervi’s life, work, and legacy, a center spread of new images by German photographer Hans-Christian Schink shows Nervi’s roof patterns in a new light, and an essay by Roberto Einaudi, who served as Nervi’s translator for the lectures, offers previously unpublished details about how these came about and how they became Aesthetics and Technology in Building.

Client: University of Illinois Press

Year: 2018


The traveling exhibition: Pier Luigi Nervi. Art and Science of Building | 2013 – 2018

Who is Pier Luigi Nervi?

Pier Luigi Nervi

Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979) was one of the greatest and most inventive structural engineers of the 20th century.  With his masterpieces, scattered the world over, Nervi contributed to create a glorious period for structural architecture.  Nikolaus Pevsner, the distinguished historian of architecture, described him as “the most brilliant artist in reinforced concrete of our time”. Nervi shared the cultures of architects and engineers, operating at the very intersection between the art and the science and technology of building.  Like many of his predecessors in the early years of development of reinforced concrete technique at the dawn of the century, his personality comprised many facets, including designer, builder, researcher and creator of new construction techniques.  He was also a professor and lecturer in prestigious universities around the world and the author of books debating the conceptual and technological fundamentals of construction, with particular regard to concrete construction. He has been described as having an engineer’s audaciousness, an architect’s imagination, and a businessman’s practical realism.  His use of the most advanced technical solutions was always accompanied not only by the pursuit of formal elegance, but also by an equally strong attention to the technical and economic aspects of the building process.

Why an exhibition on Pier Luigi Nervi?

Internationally esteemed and praised during his lifetime, after his death in 1979 the work of Pier Luigi Nervi fell into a period of oblivion and it is only in recent years that extensive research into his work has recommenced. In 2010, to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Nervi’s death, an international itinerant exhibition was developed. This work marks the outcome of a multifaceted research project that assembled a vast team of scholars, with the aim of retracing the variegated legacy of Nervi’s oeuvre. The result is a complex historical fresco in which Nervi’s revolutionary construction techniques are closely linked with Italian and international social and political development, coupled with an exploration of the rich world of cultural and scientific relationships in which Nervi moved.

For whom?

After the successes of previous editions, the exhibition was transformed in 2014 in a light format and it will embark in a wide international tour towards other prospective locations in Asia, North America and other parts of the world to celebrate not only the genius and inventiveness of Pier Luigi Nervi, but also his genuine international spirit, as a designer, builder and educator. Such an extended analysis and critical appraisal of Nervi’s work is expected to offer a significant contribution and new hints to the present debate on the role of formal inventiveness in the design of structures and, in a broader perspective, to the dialogue between architecture and engineering. The itinerant exhibition “Pier Luigi Nervi. Art and Science of Building” is a project coordinated by Comunicarch Associates on behalf of Pier Luigi Nervi Research and Knowledge Management Project, headquartered in Brussels.  The exhibition is the new light version of the International Exhibition, Pier Luigi Nervi. Architecture as Challenge. By an agreement with PLN Project Association, Comunicarch Associates is the coordinator of the intercontinental circuit of this exhibition.

The exhibition has been hosted in Wroclaw in 2013 during the Symposium of International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS, 2013), in St Gallen at the Architektur Forum Ostschweiz (2015), in Buenos Aires during the 24° Jornadas Argentinas de Ingeniería Structural (2016) and in Perth at the QV1 by Harry Seidler (2017). The exhibition is now travelling in North America: Philadelphia. ACI convention (2016), University of  Miami (2017) and Lehigh University in Bethheem (2018), Norfolk (2021-2022) and Montreal (2021-2022).

Exhibition specifications

  • 20 panels (photos, high-resolution color reproductions of drawings, and texts) to be printed on site on convenient cheap supports by the hosting institution. Texts in  are English. Translation into local language, if required, shall be provided by the hosting institution.Nervi exhibition
  • 1 video on Nervi’s life and work

Pier Luigi Nervi – parcours d’une vie from Pier Luigi Nervi Project on Vimeo.

  • 13 very effective recently prepared videos of the production process of the reduced scale 3D models of  Nervi’s major projects analyzed in detail in the exhibition produced by NerViLab (Nervi Virtual Lab) group of the Università La Sapienza in Rome  These videos are highly recommended as substitutes of real 3D models.

Video aula nervi – Small from Studio Associato Comunicarch on Vimeo.

Supplemental: exhibition catalogue, educational and promotional resources

Guidelines for hosting the exhibition:

The following guidelines will take you through the process and budget estimation for hosting the exhibition: Download guidelines in pdf

Questions? Contact Cristiana Chiorino, Scheduling and Exhibitor Relations office at