16 July 2004
Stefano Boeri talks about his editorial activity in Domus magazine and some of the projects of Multiplicity collective on the basis of a renewed attention towards local contexts, which are the places where the big tensions of globalization, the transformation that it brings and the contrast with the vertical identities of those same places becomes visible. The new line of Domus wants to shift the attention to the architectural project to the study of the spaces, that involves an excess of transdisciplinary knowledges which are not necessarily useful for the project. Researching local contexts, the dynamic devices they are made of and the various modalities humans and spaces influence each other does not aim to broaden architectural knowledges, but social, cultural and political knowledges, which can include architecture. Briefly: to better understand how to move and act in contemporaneity. Hence the choice of using a multiplicity of voices and perspectives to investigate the same object.
Stefano Boeri (b. Milan, 1956) is an italian architect, urbanist and curator. He is an ordinary professor in Urbanistic in Politecnico of Milan, he was a guest professor in Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, the Strelka Institute of Moscow and the Berlage Institute of Rotterdam. He now leads the Future City Lab of Tongji University of Shanghai, a post-PhD research program that anticipates the changings of metropolises all over the world regarding biodiversity and urban forestation. His work ranges over urban visions and architecture up to interior and product design, with a constant focus on geopolitical and ambiental implications of urban phenomena. Among his works, the Bosco Verticale in Milan, Villa Méditerranée in Marseille, the masterplan for Expo 2015 and the reconversion of the former Arsenale della Maddalena in Sardinia.