The Cortina for Us association, together with THE PLAN, is presenting the first Cortina Design Weekend, scheduled for Friday 7 through Sunday 9 July 2023. Staged under the patronage of the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, this three-day event offers a 360-degree view of the design sector. It’s aimed at industry professionals, design enthusiasts, as well as people who fancy spending a vacation in a location also known as the Queen of the Dolomites. With the event, the organizers hope to contribute to the cultural wealth of the Cortina area through a series of activities related to design, architecture, and landscape that will offer professionals a unique opportunity to network and promote their businesses.
The event, to open with a conference in Piazza Angelo Dibona at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7, includes a program of roundtable sessions and panel discussions featuring prominent speakers from the architecture, real estate, and design sectors. Key topics include sustainability, craft industries, mobility, hospitality, cultural inclusiveness, and accessibility. But the design, automotive, and food and wine sectors will also come up for discussion. Curated by the partners of Cortina Design Weekend, themed installations will be set up along Corso Italia, while tours of Cortina d’Ampezzo’s craft workshops will also be available. A series of visits to the area will be organized focused on the local architecture and crafts industries, during which new design collections will be showcased.
Cortina Design Weekend 2023 is also offering an opportunity to get behind the wheel of an Audi, the main partner of Cortina d’Ampezzo, with the automaker offering vehicle test drives.
An exclusive location in the Belluno Dolomites, Cortina has been an exceptional tourist destination since the mid-1800s. And it’s always kept up with the times, but never at the expense of its identity or local traditions. The city will host the XXV Winter Olympic Games, also known as Milano Cortina 2026, 70 years after it hosted them in 1956. In the runup to this sporting event, which will further enhance the prestige of Cortina d’Ampezzo internationally, Cortina Design Weekend 2023 is an unmissable opportunity to spend a weekend immersed in the world of design while meeting leading industry players.
Register your interest now, and the Audi team will schedule a test drive.
Friday, July 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m. / Cortina d’Ampezzo, Conchiglia – Piazza Angelo Dibona*
Opening and welcome by Cortina for Us and THE PLAN
Roundtable: “Hospitality & Accessibility and Cultural Inclusiveness”
With: Alessandro Belli (head of Hospitality, Cushman & Wakefield; professor, LUISS Belluno), Fabrizio Gaggio (managing director, Gruppo UNA), Piero Lissoni (founder, Lissoni & Partners), Alessandro Longo (senior architect, Lombardini22), and Roberto Vitali (CEO, Village for All)
Moderated by Alessandro Russello (editor-in-chief, Corriere del Veneto) TBC
* In the event of bad weather, the session will take place inside Ciasa de ra Regoles.
Saturday, July 8, 5:00–7:00 p.m. / Cortina d’Ampezzo, Conchiglia – Piazza Angelo Dibona*
Roundtable: “Architecture of Wellbeing and Sustainability”
With: Angelo Micheli (managing director, AMDL Circle), Nicola Zucca (founder, Hara Life), Serena Papait (designer), Giuliana Salmaso (founder, Studio Giuliana Salmaso), and Francesca Heathcote Sapey (partner, Teresa Sapey + Partners)
Moderated by Francesco Chiamulera (creator and manager, Una Montagna di Libri)
* In the event of bad weather, the session will take place in the Sala Cultura, Palazzo delle Poste.
Sunday July 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Borca di Cadore*
Guided tour of the former ENI Village and the Church of Nostro Signore del Cadore with Progettoborca, organized by Dolomiti Contemporanee
* Arrange your own transport to the starting point.
The following accommodation facilities are offering discounted rates for participants. When making your booking, indicate that you wish to take advantage of the special deals arranged with Cortina for Us for Cortina Design Weekend.