Fredi Drugman, con Luca Basso Peressut e Fulvia Premoli
A DESIGN FOR THE GARIBALDI DISTRICT
Fredi Drugman, an architect who was active in politics in defence of the old centre of the city and its inhabitants, drew up, together with fellow designers, a new urban and architectural plan for the district surrounding Corso Garibaldi, in close collaboration with its residents and against the interests the speculative planners of the 1950’s and ‘60’s. The objective was to protect and maintain the sense of community of the quarter and the connection between the older buildings and those from the post-war period, through initiatives aimed at urban improvement. To heal the wounds caused by previous demolitions a number of detailed interventions were planned along Corso Garibaldi; low buildings for commerce, workshops and art exhibitions, and higher buildings against the blind walls of the older tenements. Public gardens were planned for the areas leading up to Via Legnano, where the completion of the existing terraced housing blocks was also planned.
A design intended to give new life to an old quarter of Milan.Insights
«[…] a city is a story of development and transformation from one thing to another, a morphological continuum; an open book of events that represent ideas and thoughts, decisions and coincidences, reality and disasters. It is not a uniform picture but a vivid combination of pieces and fragments, of types and anti-types, a juxtaposition of contradictions, a process more dialectic than linear».
Oswald Mathias Ungers, from L'architettura della memoria collettiva in Lotus international, Electa, Milan, III/1979