The MANTOVARCHITETTURA event is back for the ninth edition. An international event dedicated to the themes of architecture, urban planning, and landscape: a month of meetings and conferences for a total of 59 appointments.

From 6 May to 9 June all architecture lovers will be able to follow for free the proposals that the program has in the calendar for this new edition of the exhibition, which has now become an eagerly awaited and extremely popular moment.

MANTOVARCHITETTURA 2022 programme (in Italian)

MANTOVARCHITETTURA 2022 will be held mainly in presence, with free access events subject to availability or with reservations needed. The “remote” mode stays, a sign of an intelligent and responsible use of what technology has offered us, in the case of events where the speakers are unable to make the trip.

Also this year, MANTOVARCHITETTURA will follow the virtuous tradition of bringing events into the extraordinary monumental beauties of the city of Mantua: from the former church of the Madonna della Vittoria, which housed the famous masterpiece by Mantegna today in the Louvre, up to Palazzo Te, villa of the Gonzagas which testifies to the artistic-architectural genius of Giulio Romano. Furthermore, for the first time, one of the events will be hosted at the house of Tazio Nuvolari, now the headquarters of the Il Rio publishing house.

The exhibition will open to the public on Friday 6 May at 6.00 pm, with the inauguration of the exhibition dedicated to the Portuguese architect, winner of the Pritzker Prize, Eduardo Souto de Moura and hosted at the Palazzo della Ragione.

Numerous thematic conventions and conferences, as well as two exhibitions, combine to interpret the desire to put at the centre of the event the relationships that the design and construction of architecture can weave with the tradition and memory of historical environments.

International protagonists such as, among others, Elisa Valero, Els Verbakel, Marina Tabassum, Quintus Miller, Niklaus Graber, Niall McLaughlin, Deyan Sudjic, Toni Girones, Olaf Gipser and Peter Wilson will take turns at the national representation, with the lesson “in connection” with Paolo Portoghesi up to the review of young Italian Architects: young talents curated by the Order of Architects of the Province of Mantua.

The closure, in June, with the inauguration of Paolo Zermani’s exhibition “Sacred Landscape”, underlines even more the common commitment, of great relevance, to consider the pacifying action of architectural culture.

Among the novelties for this edition announced by Prof. Federico Bucci, Vice-Rector of the Mantova Campus and head of the UNESCO Chair, the organization of some guided tours to the city of Mantua and the beauties of the territory, and a great concert hosted at the Social Theatre of Mantua.

MANTOVARCHITETTURA, an initiative born in 2014 within the UNESCO Chair in Architectural Preservation and Planning in World Heritage Cities, is offered to the public of architects, but also to non-experts, in that international dimension in which Mantua and the Politecnico are found.

The main protagonists have always been the students of degree courses, who with the events have the opportunity to listen to the voices of architects from all over the world who root the construction of the new in the ancient and to experience an open confrontation between masters and students, in a perspective based on the value of history as the ground on which to cultivate the design of living spaces.

MANTOVARCHITETTURA is a collective work, curated by the professors of the Politecnico di Milano’s Mantova Campus with students, collaborators and technical and administrative staff and made possible thanks to the support of the municipal administrations of Mantua and Sabbioneta, of the Province of Mantua, of the Palazzo Te Foundation, the Friends of Palazzo Te and Mantua’s Museums Association, and the Order of Architects of the Province of Mantua.

For this ninth edition, the graphic design was once again entrusted to the Tassinari/Vetta studio in Trieste.

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