Category Archives: Storytelling & Journalism

Carlo Mollino Designs | Quodlibet | 2020

Carlo Mollino (1905-1973), only son of Eugenio, an engineer, was born in Turin. In the early 1930s, Mollino started his professional activity, which was parallel, however, to the unique passions that contributed to his multifaceted and multidisciplinary fame. Indeed, while his work ranged from architecture to design, from interiors to artistic photography, he was also interested in acrobatic aviation, skiing, and auto racing. His very personal and celebrated idea of contemporary architecture developed between the capital of the Piedmont region and the Western Alps. For his interior designs Mollino borrowed from an assorted world of references, which became an integral part of his idea of domestic space.
Carlo Mollino Designs is a new reading of the work of the great architect and designer by way of unpublished archival documents and in light of the mediation that has been carried out by Zanotta since 1981, when the Fenis chair contributed to the growing interest in one of the liveliest and most versatile figures in modern architecture. The works produced by Zanotta described here cover a time frame of twenty-one years: from the projects for the Miller (1938), Minola (1944), and Orengo (1949) houses, all the way to the year 1959 and the Fenis alpine chair conceived for the Politecnico di Torino.

Authors: Laura Milan and Pier Paolo Peruccio

Publisher: Quodlibet

Year: 2020 | Wolters Kluver | 2014-ongoing

Since March 2014 Comunicarch has started an editorial collaboration with the network Teknoring writing articles and making interviews on issues of interest to the target audience of the websites. The editorial coordination of the contributions is made in direct collaboration with the editorial Board of the websites and we give as well support in the implementation of specific mediakit, instrumental performance of journalistic activities and network marketing. All articles can be read here

Client: Wolters Kluwer Italia

Period: 2014-ongoing

Project leader: Laura Milan

Il Giornale dell’Architettura digital edition | The Architectural Post | 2014-ongoing is the new and modern version of the prestigious Giornale dell’Architettura, published on paper from 2002 to 2014 by Umberto Allemandi &C. After the end of the publications, it has been transformed in a webzine that goes on publishing following the same editorial line made of critic, refuse of the ephemeral news and the “background noise” created by the web and careful selection of the content. News and insights are released weekly through a newsletter.

Laura Milan is member of the editorial board, author and responsible for the website management and special editorial projects.


Client: The Architectural Post association

Period: 2014 – ongoing

Carlo Mollino. L’arte di costruire in montagna: Casa Garelli – Champoluc | Electa | 2018

Garelli House is the last private building designed by Carlo Mollino, erected between 1962 and 1965 in Champoluc (Aosta Valley).

The book, published by Electa in the Architetti e architetture series, is curated by Laura Milan and Sergio Pace who put together for the first time documents form the Archive, owned by the Politecnico di Torino, and from the Garelli family, who goes on living the house at the top of the Val d’Ayas, giving their interpretation of one of the most famous, but less studied, Alpine Architectures of Mollino.

The holiday home commissioned by the entrepreneur Felice Garelli, enthusiast supporter of the traditional Alpine architectures deeply studied by the young Mollino, is as a sort of “collage Dada” which moves, recovers and transforms the old Rascard Taleuc (erected in 1664 on the slope where the new house looks), and creates a fascinating new building that is able to reinterpret the Alpine tradition in a completely new, personal and not folkloristic way.

Reviews: Elle Decor Klat Magazine

Authors: Laura Milan and Sergio Pace

Publisher: Electa

Year: 2018

Laughing at Architecture. Architectural Histories of Humour, Satire and Wit | Bloomsbury Publishing | 2018

We have coordinated the editing in English of “Laughing at Architecture. Architectural Histories of Humour, Satire and Wit” by Michela Rosso published by Bloomsbury Visual Arts. It provides a survey of visual and textual humour as applied to architecture, its artefacts and its leading professionals. 13 essays range form 1750 to the present, from Europe to USA to contemporary China and explore an array of visual and literary sources to examine the critical reception of projects, buildings and cities through the menas of caricature and parody.

Curator: Michela Rosso

Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts

Year: 2018

+ Studio Architetti|Bernini2: the book – Turin | 2018

In 2018 Filippo Orlando+Studio Architetti  with Mediapolis Engineering has completed the residential complex Bernini2. La Villa e la Torre in Turin and decided to publish a book to to tell the story of this interesting project. We have been in charge of all the texts, the graphic design has been signed by Quattrolinee and the pictures have been shot by Fabio Oggero and Mario Forcherio.

A stone’s throw from the center of Turin, between Corso Tassoni and the homonymous square along the baroque axis of Corso Francia, the new complex Bernini2 develops an innovative idea of residential architecture.  The intervention, commissioned by the Aurelia company and marketed by Investitalia, is a new and modern complex of 28 high quality apartments that are organized in two distinct but strongly interconnected elements: the Villa, which transforms the elegant building that in the fifties brought in Turin the refined reflections on living by Mario Asnago and Claudio Vender, and the nine floors of the Tower that rises slanted on Corso Tassoni with studied and always different fronts. Bernini2 is the result of a long reasoning that has solved the problems of a corner lot in a brilliant way, transforming them into the peculiar characteristics of an architecture that has succeeded in establishing constructive dialogue with the past, mediating between intervention scales and building typologies. very different from each other.

ClientFilippo Orlando +Studio Architetti

Year: 2018

Domus n. 1025 | Lavazza Nuvola Urbana | 2018

Laura Milan has been invited to write an article on the new Lavazza headquarters in Turin, for “Domus” June 2018 curated by Fulvio Irace focused on the best Italian factories and manufactures, and on their relationship with the territories where the work takes place.

A strategic but difficult neighbourhood called Borgo Aurora; a historic company, Lavazza, seeking to emphatically restate its ties with Turin with a 120-million-euro investment; a large existing building ripe for redevelopment, the former Enel power station in Via Bologna; and a competition held by invitation and won in 2010 by Cino Zucchi Architetti for one of the city’s most important regeneration projects. These are the main ingredients in Nuvola (“Cloud”), Lavazza’s recently opened Turin headquarters.[…]

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Client: Domus magazine

Year: June, 2018

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

Year: 2018


Casabella | Rascard Garelli in Champoluc | 2017

Laura Milan has written with Sergio Pace an article on the Rascard Garelli in Champoluc, Aosta valley, by Carlo Mollino, for CASABELLA n. 879 novembre 2017. Rascard Garelli remains the extreme outcome of very refined reflections conducted by Mollino on construction in the mountains. Though small in size, the reconstructed rascard, constitutes, at the same time, the point of arrival and an innovative element in the sequence of projects by Mollino in the western Alps, marked in particular by the works on Sauze d’Oulx (Stazione slittovia al Lago Nero, 1946-47), Cervinia (Casa del Sole, 1947-55), and on the Agra plateau (Cattaneo House, 1952-53). The presence of the rascard relic in Champoluc permitted to Mollino and unprecendeted experiment of syntactic conflagration between part and present, anonymity and authorship, history and project. As Mollino wrote already in 1954, ” Tradition is the living and continuous flow of new forms depending on the unique development of a relationship between cause and effect; it is a harmonious river that is different at every bend, not stagnant, not returning“; and this is true at least for one good reason: “like any story, also that of construction is impossible to repeat“.

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Client: Casabella, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore

Year: November, 2o17

Architectural Guide. Collector’s Edition | Dom Publisher | 2017

We have written the booklet on Turin for the Collector’s Edition of the award-winning Architectural Guide series by DOM publishers (2017). The Collector’s Edition presents 200 buildings from twenty-one different cities which have produced outstanding architecture in recent years. The authors are members of the global network Guiding Architects which is dedicated to the promotion of architecture, open spaces and urban development. Each of these critics based in Europe, the Middle East or the USA presents five Highlights and five Hidden Gems comprising both modern buildings and landscape architecture.
The 20 booklets are: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Budapest, Doha, Dubai ∕ Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt ∕ Main, Hamburg, Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Oslo, Rome, Rotterdam, Turin, Venice, Vienna.

Collector's Edition

Client: DOM publishers

Period: 2016-2017