May 14, 2021

Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti dies with coronavirus

The Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti, one of the most recognized in the country, died today at the age of 92 in a hospital in Milan (north) from complications of pneumonia after contracting the coronavirus.

The president of the Milanese Triennial, the architect Stefano Boeri, reported on the social networks of the death of Gregotti, whom he praised as “a master of international architecture”.

But also as an “essayist, critic, editorialist, polemicist, statesman” who “has contributed to the history of our culture” especially as an architect.

“What a great sadness,” he said.

The architect was admitted to the San Giuseppe clinic in Milan due to pneumonia aggravated by the coronavirus, which especially affects the northern part of Italy, according to local media.

Gregotti (Novara, 1927) was one of the great Italian architects, considered one of the masters of the 20th century, with his designs marked by simplicity of form, order and precision.

He participated in the project of the Olympic stadium in the Spanish city of Barcelona and other sports facilities such as the soccer stadium of the French Nimes or the Italian Genoa.

Specifically, Gregotti was in the project for the remodeling of the Barcelona Olympic Stadium and the general design of the Montjuic Olympic Ring for the 1992 Games together with the architects Carles Buxade, Joan Margarit, Alfonso Milà and Federico Correa.

He graduated in Architecture in 1952 from the Polytechnic of Milan and, throughout his more than six decades of activity, he has served as a teacher at faculties in Venice, Milan or Palermo, in addition to teaching half the world, from Buenos Aires to Harvard or Cambridge.

He participated in numerous international exhibitions and was responsible for the introductory section of the XIII Milan Triennial in 1964, which awarded him the International Grand Prix.

He has also been director of the Visual Arts and Architecture section of the Venetian Biennale, was named “honoris causa” in Prague and Romania and is an honorary member of the “American Institute of Architects”.

Much of his thought was devoted to the prestigious magazine “Casabella”, which he himself directed between 1982 and 1996, in addition to several Italian newspapers in which he collaborated sporadically.


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