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MCA - Mario Cucinella Architects

Europa | Milano

Via Santander 9. This unknown Milan address could become in the next few years an architectural focus for the contrast it provides with the relentless obliteration of the cityscape that is literally wiping out other (now gone?) city districts like the former tradeshow, the former Enel plant and the Garibaldi-Repubblica quarter, where “Dallas-ification” is rampant. (Whether these development projects are fictitious or not is a moot point, having long been abandoned in the real Dallas.) The new work by cosmopolitan/Bolognese architect Mario Cucinella in Via Santander reveals several well thought through design decisions. The result stands as a bulwark against the consumption of urban districts now being perpetrated in and around Milan. I talked of this with the architect himself at his practice. The mental notes still engraved on my own brain’s hard disk recorded the few but...

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