Stefano Boeri studied architecture at Politecnico in Milan where he graduated in 1980. In 1989 he received his PhD from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), in Venice.He is an architect based in Milan, with his studio Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra, 1998- 2008) and Stefano Boeri Architetti (since 2008). From 2014 he also leads an office in Shanghai, in partnership with Yibo Xu. Studio is committed to the research and practice of contemporary architecture and urbanism nationally and internationally.
Stefano has predominantly focused on the design of buildings and open spaces for European urban areas requiring regeneration or redevelopment. He has thus undertaken and carried out a series of projects regarding the transformation and re-use of several waterfronts (Marseille, Doha, Genoa, Naples, Trieste, Thessaloniki, Mytilene, La Maddalena, etc.) and urban interventions (Milan, Rome, Moscow, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Qingdao, Marseille, Astana, Venice, Bolsen and others). Stefano's design approach is a combination of research and architectural practice. He is a founder of Multiplicity (www.multiplicity.it), an agency for territorial investigation, which detects the physical environment, researching for the clues and traces produced by new social behaviors. Full Professor of Urban Planning at Politecnico in Milan, Boeri has been a guest professor at various universities, including Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Strelka Institute in Moscow and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Ecole Politecnique Federale de Lausanne.
Stefano Boeri has been recently appointed Director of a post-doctoral research program at the Tongji University in Shanghai, where he is developing an international research platform called Forest City Lab (FCL), a multidisciplinary lab exploring the future of the cities under the perspective of biodiversity and urban forestation, as an answer to the climate change crisis, with the support of the Italian Politecnico di Milano and of TU Braunschweig in Germany.
He was recently appointed to be part of the Scientific Board of the Galleria Degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy, a palace and Italian classical art museum, along with Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings Department at The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Carl Brandon Strehlke, Curator Emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Currently Stefano is a Director of the web platform theTomorrow (www.thetomorrow.net), which promotes an exchange of ideas on European culture. This platform has managed to create an open network of communication between scholars, politicians, artists and general audience, in order to discuss issues on art, mi- gration, education, and creativity. In 2012 he curated Sao Paulo Calling - an international research project, promoted by the Segretaria de Habitacao of Sao Paulo, showcasing research projects about informal settlements in Sao Paulo, Rome, Mumbai, Nairobi, Moscow, Bagdad and Medellin. (www.saopaulocalling.org)
In the period between July 2014 and October 2015 Stefano was a Councelor for Culture and Major Events for the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella; he was in charge of the Artistic Direction of the "Estate Fiorentina 2014", an urban summer festival with live music, theater performances, and several cultural projects settled by local organizations.
In the period between April 2011 and March 2013 he was appointed Head of Culture, Design and Fashion for the city of Milan, developing projects such as: Piano City Milano and BookCity Milano, which are still taking place once a year; contemporary art exhibitions for internationally renowned artists such as Marina Abramovic's performance of The Abramovic Metod in PAC (Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea), Alberto Garutti retrospective, and Jeff Wall exhibition entitled "Actuality". All this in addition to the major and classical exhibitions of Picasso at the Palazzo Reale (the most visited exhibition in Italy in the year 2012), the show Bramantino in Milan at the "Castello Sforzesco" and the effort to improve and relocate the exhibition of "La Pieta Rondanini", one of Michelangelo's last sculptures dated back to 1552.
From 2013 he is the artistic Director of MI/ARCH, an International Festival of Architecture promoted by the Politecnico of Milan. Until today it has involved more than 60 speakers ranging between architects, artists, and photographers, among which: Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, Elizabeth Diller, Steven Holl, and many others. He was also the artistic Director of the International Festival of Architecture FESTARCH, which was held in Cagliari (2008 and 2009) and Perugia (2011 and 2012). (www.abitare.it/festarch-2012/)
He is the author of a number of books, including: L'Anticitta (Laterza, Rome, 2011/ french translation L'Antiville, Manuella Editions), Biomilano. Glossary of Ideas for a Metropolis Based Around Bio-Diversity (Corraini Edizioni, Mantua, 2011), and Fare di Piu con Meno, Il Saggiatore, Milan 2013.
He is also a co-author of such books as: Mutations (with R. Koolhaas, H.U. Obrist, N. Tazi, Actar/ Arc en Reve, Barcelona/Bordeaux, 2000), USE. Uncertain States of Europe (with Multiplicity Skira, Milan, 2002), Italy: Cross Sections of a Country (with G. Basilico, Scalo, Zurich/Berlin/ New York, 1998), Il territorio che cambia (with A.Lanzani and E.Marini, Segesta, Milan 1993), Milano. Cronache dell'abitare (with Multiplicity, Bruno Mondadori, Milan, 2007)
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