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Da sinistra a destra: Alvaro Amann (Ministro regionale dei Trasporti e dei Lavori Pubblici del Governo Basco), Domingo Jiménez Beltrán (membro della Commissione Europea per l’Ambiente), Eugenio Trias (filosofo e scrittore), César Pelli (architetto argentino), Rafael

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Fernández Sánchez (Direttore di Oficemen Associazione Spagnola dei Produttori di Cemento), Jose Maria Echarri (Presidente Onorario di Financiera y Minera), Hervé de Saint Pierre (Presidente di Financiera y Minera).

From left to right: Alvaro Amann (Regional Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Bask Government), Domingo Jiménez Beltrán (member of the European Commission for the Environment), Eugenio Trias (philosopher and writer), César Pelli (Argentine architect), Rafael Fernández

Sánchez (Managing Director of Oficemen – Spanish Association of Cement Manufacturers), Jose María Echarri (Financiera y Minera’s Honor Chairman), Hervé de Saint Pierre (Financiera y Minera’s Chairman).

Triennale di Milano: Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana Milan Triennial: Gold Medal for Italian Architecture

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wo years after it held the I Session, which closed the program of events commemorating its 150th Anniversary, Cementos Rezola has once again gathered, in Bilbao (Spain), leading experts for its II Session on “Infrastructures and Construction for a Sustainable Development in the 21st Century.” The aim of this encounter was to further the review and in-depth analysis of concepts that were already at the forefront in the I Session, such as Architecture and Urban Development; Technology and New Materials; Ethics and Sociology, and the Environment. The II Session “Infrastructures and Construction for a Sustainable Development in the 21st Century,” which was held at the Palacio Euskalduna Music and Conference Center in Bilbao on 20 February 2003, provided an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and a measured and professional debate, as well for Cementos Rezola to renew its commitment to Sustainable Development. Noteworthy amongst those speakers invited to this Session was the presence of the Argentine architect César Pelli, who set out the key aspects of his latest projects; large urban complexes designed to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants. According to Pelli, “the aim of the design, the management and the maintenance of these intelligent buildings is to safeguard public health, encourage contact, interaction and communication, improve security and be more respectful to the environment.” César Pelli, responsible for one

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of Bilbao’s most ambitious projects so far in urban development and organization, outlined a series of public and private buildings designed by his team, in which specific materials and designs are used in order to reduce the consumption of energy, water or heating and to make maximum use of existing natural resources such as water, natural light or solar energy. Amongst these projects is the Tower for the Regional Council of Bizkaia, which rising to a height of 160 meters will become one of the tallest buildings in Spain. César Pelli also referred to the development of an office block in Toledo (United States), which was completed three years ago, and designed to be the “workplace of the future.” The original complex consists of three floors connected by stairs with the aim of facilitating contact between the employees. This Argentine architect, now

settled in the United States, has also designed a building in the northern part of New York, and now under construction, which has been declared highly sustainable. It includes photovoltaic cells and it treats its own wastewaters so that they may be used, for example, for watering the gardens. The event, which was introduced and chaired by the radio journalist Iñaki Gabilondo, was also attended by Rafael Fernández Sánchez, managing director of Oficemen – Spanish Association of Cement Manufacturers –, the philosopher and writer Eugenio Trias and Domingo Jiménez Beltrán, member of the European Commission for the Environment. In his speech, Rafael Fernández Sánchez highlighted the growing social concern regarding climate change, atmospheric pollution, as well as the depletion of natural

resources. The representative of Oficemen affirmed that the Spanish cement sector is moving towards sustainable development, with the use of concrete being one of the more pertinent examples, given its durability, resistance to fire and future adaptability. Rafael Fernández Sánchez used his turn in the Session organized by Cementos Rezola to announce the signing of an agreement between the Spanish cement industry and the Ministry of the Environment to seek the rational use of energy, the use of alternative fuels and the regeneration of quarries, amongst other aspects. For his part, Domingo Jiménez Beltrán considered that sustainable development is a promising concept, which is closely linked to the quality of life for everyone, both now and in the future. In his opinion, “the future will require less building and more rebuilding.”

n occasione della XX Esposizione Internazionale “La memoria e il futuro” la Triennale di Milano ha bandito la prima Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana, evento con cadenza triennale che intende promuovere le più interessanti opere architettoniche realizzate in Italia e i protagonisti che le rendono possibili. L’istituzione di questo premio punta alla promozione pubblica dell’architettura contemporanea come costruttrice di qualità ambientale e civile, ed insieme guarda all’architettura come prodotto di un dialogo vitale tra progettista, committenza e imprese. I sei vincitori, scelti dalla giuria composta da Giancarlo De Carlo, Pio Baldi, Gillo Dorfles, Kurt Forster, Henk Hartzema, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Luca Molinari, Alexander Tzonis, sono stati selezionati tra 425 opere realizzate tra il 1995 e il 2003 – proposte tramite autocandidatura o attraverso le segnalazioni degli advicers. La giuria ha suddiviso l’assegnazione dei premi in cinque diverse sezioni: Medaglia d’Oro all’opera, Medaglia d’Oro all’opera prima, Medaglia d’Oro alla committenza pubblica, Medaglia d’Oro alla committenza privata, Medaglia d’Oro alla critica. Ad Umberto Riva è stata assegnata la Medaglia d’Oro all’opera per il progetto del nuovo edificio industriale della Fincantieri a Pozzuoli, che ha affrontato il problema dell’inserimento nel Golfo di Castellammare di Stabia di una nuova officina per la costruzione di navi. Il progetto cerca di attuare una doppia relazione: da una parte

si rapporta all’orizzonte del Golfo e al profilo della montagna che si affaccia sul mare, dall’altra cerca di intervenire nella compromessa situazione ambientale. Con questo riconoscimento viene sottolineata la qualità civile e la sensibile costanza nella ricerca progettuale portata avanti da Umberto Riva in questi ultimi decenni e il contributo dato alla cultura architettonica italiana. È stata inoltre valutata positivamente l’attenzione data a un tema raramente affidato alla progettazione architettonica qualificata e la capacità dell’edificio di essere nuovo segno territoriale e insieme un corpo di fabbrica capace di relazionarsi con il paesaggio naturale e artificiale circostante. La mostra di questa prima edizione della Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana – sponsorizzata da Italcementi – presenta i progetti dei vincitori e finalisti attraverso opere, modelli, fotografie, in un insieme dinamico e vivace, ed è pensata come mostra itinerante che sarà in tournèe in Italia e all’estero. L’obiettivo è quello di presentare l’architettura contemporanea realizzata in Italia non solo agli addetti ai lavori ma anche al grande pubblico. L’istituzione di tale Premio rappresenta il primo importante passo per continuare in un lavoro di costante monitoraggio e promozione di quanto si costruisce e progetta in Italia. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

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he Milan Triennial launched the first Gold Medal for Italian Architecture at the 20th International Exhibition entitled

“La memoria e il futuro” (Memory and the Future), a three-yearly event designed to promote the most interesting works of architecture built in Italy and the people who make them possible. This prize was set up to publicly promote modern-day architecture as a means of enhancing the environment and society in general. It treats architecture as a product of vital interaction between designer, client and contractors. The six winners chosen by the jury composed of Giancarlo De Carlo, Pio Baldi, Gillo Dorfles, Kurt Forster, Henk Hartzema, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Luca Molinari and Alexander Tzonis were selected from 425 works built between 1995 and 2003 – either put forward by the architects themselves or proposed by special advisors. The jury divided the prizes into five different sections: Gold Medal for the best work, Gold Medal for the first work, Gold Medal to public customers, Gold Medal to private customers, and Gold Medal to critics. Umberto Riva won the Gold Medal for the best work for his architectural design of the new industrial building for Fincantieri in Pozzuoli, that tackled the problem of incorporating a new shipbuilding yard in the Gulf of Castellammare di Stabia. The project attempts to set up two sorts of relations: on one hand it interacts with the Gulf’s horizon and mountainscape overlooking the sea, and on the other it tries to salvage something from the general state of environmental decay. This award underlines the civil quality and notable constancy in the design experimentation

Umberto Riva has carried out over the last few decades and his contribution to Italian architecture in general. Appreciation was also expressed for his attention to a theme rarely tackled by highquality architectural design, as well as the building’s role as a new landmark and factory building capable of relating to its natural and artificial surroundings. The exhibition of this first Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – sponsored by Italcementi – displays the winning and finalist projects featuring works, models and photographs in a bright and dynamic composition designed to be a traveling exhibition in Italy and abroad. The idea is to present modernday architecture built in Italy to both operators in the sector and also the general public at large. The setting up of this Prize is the first important step towards constantly monitoring and publicizing everything being designed and built in Italy. Umberto Riva alla Triennale di Milano, in occasione della premiazione per la Medaglia d’Oro all’opera.

Umberto Riva at Milan Triennial, on the occasion of the award ceremony for the Gold Medal for the best work.

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