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Milan’s Vigorous Architecture

Will all buildings look like this one day? Not leaning over, I mean. This is Milan, after all, not Pisa, and you are only seeing camera distortion. But will buildings be covered with real trees that are, in the present case, ten to twenty feet high, equal to a three-acre forest:

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Milan’s Bosco Verticale complex — the Vertical Forest — had me smiling, but then I laughed out loud when I walked by the singular apartment complex that resembles stacked luxury yachts in the City Life (not a translation) complex that is going up on the site of Milan’s old commercial fairgrounds:

Milan City Life Apartments.jpg

Designed by Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), an Iraqi-British architect, the apartments are a great favorite in this northern Italian city.

Addendum: Creative architecture is the sign of a healthy and ambitious city. Prosperous Milan meets that test in spades.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

“Creative architecture is the sign of a healthy and ambitious city.” Well then; just back from a D alumni trip to China and Shanghai meets this standard as well. Holy Moley! What audacity! Buildings that actually curve and tilt for example.

(And thanks to Art 57 Prof. Hugh Morrison for giving me the eye to see.)


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