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INTERNI Human Spaces

Exhibition Event
(8 - 19 April 2019)

Università degli Studi di Milano - Ca’ Granda ex Ospedale Maggiore
Orto Botanico di Brera dell'Università degli Studi di Milano
Audi City Lab
“Life is more important than architecture”: this statement that Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) liked to repeat in his conversations lies behind the theme of the exhibition produced by Interni for FuoriSalone 2019. It is a stimulus, on multiple scales and project dimensions, to put human beings and their vital needs back at the center of design.

To foster an anthropocentric vision of architecture, but also of the design of objects, systems and networks, means taking the physical and psychological wellbeing of people as the horizon of references, in relation to the various spaces in which they live and work.

A criterion that in its simplicity seems like the most useful to correct the many discrepancies of the present, which from the reign of technology to the looming presence of the web, from the consumption of land surface to the pollution of the seas, seems to have forgotten the ideals connected with quality of life, from both an ethical and an aesthetic standpoint. So much so as to lose sight of the most concrete, profound necessities of human beings: wellness and balance, memory and history, imagination and relations, knowledge and discussion, the desire for beauty and the protection of the environment.  

This vision, in the context of architectural and urban design, develops on different levels: in the home with its evolutions and projections, in spaces for work, services and public use including places of transit and gathering, in the city with its physical and virtual infrastructures.

In the context of design the theme inspires the creation of new objects and processes that aim at improving existence and coexistence: autonomous and sustainable transport, devices and systems for communication, digital technologies for care and sharing, evolved materials, high production quality, starting with food, the primary vital element, and projects for the support of communities on the part of institutions.

Human Spaces, then, are all the projects of places, environments, territories and contexts, and by extension services and objects whose central focus is a vision of personal wellbeing.