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Cersaie 2014: Conferences and Seminars
WELLfare People and projects for development

Thursday 25 September - 3.00 p.m.
Galleria dell'architettura - Gall.21/22

Speakers

Paolo Portoghesi More

Paolo Portoghesi

Architect
Biographical notes
Paolo Portoghesi discovered his vocation as an architect at a young age and ever since has spent his time reading, travelling, writing, designing, listening to music and teaching with the aim of demonstrating that Gustav Mahler was right when he said that, “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire”. His buildings are to be found in almost all regions of Italy, including a large Mosque in Rome and theatre in Catanzaro, an urban park in Abano and a Piazza in Poggioreale, the Latin Quarter in Treviso and a tower at the Città della Speranza children’s hospital in Padua, as well as churches in Salerno, Terni, Vicenza, Calcata and Castellaneta. Outside Italy, his projects include the palace of King Hussein of Jordan, a Tower project in Shanghai, the Mar Azul tourist district in Argentina, the Great Mosque of Strasbourg, a residential unit in Berlin, a square in Pirmasens and a cultural centre in Khartoum.
In 1964 he co-authored a monograph on the architecture of Michelangelo in collaboration with Bruno Zevi. Some of his books, such as Roma Barocca, Dopo l’architettura Moderna and his monograph on Borromini, have become modern classics, while his investigations have covered wide-ranging historical and theoretical topics including the relationship between architecture and nature, a theme referenced in the title of his book Architettura e Natura published in 1999.
He began his academic career in 1962, teaching Italian literature at the Valle Giulia Architecture faculty of the Sapienza University of Rome. In 1968 he was appointed dean of the faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan, then in 1975 he returned to the Sapienza University in Rome to teach “geoarchitecture”, a subject he himself invented which has the aim of persuading architects to respect nature and to embrace a practice of “happy degrowth”. In 1980 he opened the Architecture section of the Venice Biennale with Via Novissima, a virtual street that was subsequently transferred to Paris and San Francisco. He was the chairman of the Venice Biennale from 1984 to 1993.
He has received many awards and honorary degrees and is an officer of the Legion of Honour, a member of numerous academies and current chairman of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca.
He has lived for many years in the village of Calcata just north of Rome with his wife Giovanna, an invaluable collaborator in every area of his work.

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Marco Franchini More

Marco Franchini

Biographical notes
Marco Franchini has a degree in Psychology from the University of Bologna, with Clinical and Community Psychology as his area of specialisation. After graduating, he went on to study at the Istituto Sullivan in Florence to become an interpersonal psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He is Chairman of ASP (Human Services Company) “Giorgio Gasparini” in Vignola. He has completed many hours of freelance work on both an individual and consulting basis. He has given expert presentations at numerous conferences and has edited a range of publications including “Psychoanalysis of architecture. Space as a dimension of the soul”. He has organised a number of cultural events and has co-created and co-organised the Festival of Psychology in Bologna. He has long been working to bring together the non-speculative overall vision of the public sector and the effective, efficient organisation typical of the private sector. From welfare to WELLfare.

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Paola Matino More

Paola Matino

Biographical notes
Since graduating in business economics and completing an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration at MIP, Polytechnic University of Milan, Paola Matino has gained wide experience in the field of general services and public finance.
She has worked as a researcher and manager, including a direct role in public utilities administration. She has also led workshops, published essays and co-authored books on industrial and network services.
She is currently working in the integrated water sector and is involved in projects in the field of social and welfare services.

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Marco Franchini
Paola Matino
Paolo Portoghesi
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