Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Napolitano says Aulenti was 'leading figure' in architecture

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Rome, November 1 - President Giorgio Napolitano
said on Thursday that he was saddened by the loss of one of
Italy's "leading figures in contemporary architecture,"
following the death of 85-year-old Gae Aulenti.
The much-lauded architect, designer and teacher died late
Wednesday at her Milan home.
Napolitano recently met with the designer in Palermo to
survey restoration work she was directing on the historic
16th-century Palazzo Branciforte.
"The magnificent (ongoing) restoration is symbolic of her
sensibility and passion," Napolitano said.
Colleague and friend, architect Paolo Portoghesi called
Aulenti a "formidable forerunner of design taste and a skillful
orchestrator of exhibition and museum spaces".
"My first memories of Gae are when she worked at
Casabella. Her graphic design was incredibly refined".
Aulenti's multi-faceted talent led her to work as a
graphic designer and editor for the Italian product-design
magazine Casabella Continuita with the maestro Ernesto Rogers -
a period she considered formative for her relationship to
design.
Architect Massimiliano Fuksas, a member of the Milan
Triennial jury that recently awarded Aulenti a gold medal for
lifetime achievements said that she was "one of the most
important figures in Italian postwar architecture".
The founder of Italy's international architecture festival
Festarch, Stefano Boeri, said that the simple fact that she
became an architect when she did made her "revolutionary".
Though she never took a feminist platform, she stood out
as an independent woman in a field that was male-dominated and
where women generally chose to partner up instead of strike out
on their own.
"She looked at all fields with curiosity and passion...and
managed to bring it all into her architecture," Boeri said.
Co-winner of the Triennial gold medal, friend and
colleague Vittorio Gregotti said trying to sum up Aulenti in a
phrase, that she lived "many steps, so many places, design,
interiors, and so many extraordinary actions without ever losing
her dimension as a woman".

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