10 January 2020

Milan’s design culture: life stories as told by the Vico Magistretti Foundation
Vico Magistretti: the city

“(Milan) is a stimulating city to work in, ugly, but not provincial. You never meet anyone. That's its great advantage: it’s solitary. The same sort of solitude that pervades New York.”

Vico Magistretti, 1980

Tower Blocks in the Gallaratese Districts, 1963-1971

"Town planning is a programme, a way of creating mono-centric or polycentric cities, it’s a way of organising the transport … we’ve finally realised that cities need to be built on several levels, take Tokyo and its seven levels, for example! Here too (Milan, Ed.), why can’t we get around? Because we should abolish ground floors, most of them, not everywhere, and build two roads: pedestrians on the top one and vehicles below.” V.M.

Serried ranks of austere and compact fourteen-storey tower blocks, like a platoon of lookouts, dominate the skyline of the district and define the entrance to the city. They constitute one of the earliest examples of the large-scale application of a system of heavy prefabricated buildings for civilian use in Italy.

Marco Biagi, Vico Magistretti Architetture Milanesi, Vico Magistretti Foundation, 2010

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