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Italian architect behind Barcelona Olympic Stadium dies due to COVID-19

By JESSICA PAG-IWAYAN

Italian writer, urban planner, and the architect behind the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, the Grand Theater of Provence in France, and the Arcimboldi Opera Theater in Milan, Vittorio Gregotti, died on Sunday, March 15, due to COVID-19, according to a report by The Architect’s Newspaper (A’N)

Gregotti developed pneumonia after contracting COVID-19 and was confined at the San Giuseppe Hospital in Milan where he succumbed to the disease at the age of 92. 

Born in Novara, Milan, he worked as the editor-in-chief of Italian architecture magazine Casabella. In 1974, he founded the Gregotti Associati International, and spearheaded the BelĂ©m Cultural Center project in Lisbon alongside fellow architect Manuel Salgado. He was also known as a respected curator, and among his exhibits was “Regarding the Stucky Mill (A proposito del Mulinostucky),” which focused on land art and architecture that explored different options for the abandoned granary mills on Venice’s Giudecca. 

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Italian architect, urban palanner, and curator Vittorio Gregotti in 1975. (Wikipedia Commons)

In 1976, Gregotti was appointed as the director of visual arts section of the Venice Art Biennale, with the theme “Werkbund 1907.” 

“He expanded the festival to include the visual arts and architecture, hosting exhibitions in seven venues across Venice, with five being dedicated to architecture and design,” according to A’N. “Gregotti was also director for the 1978 Biennale, ‘Utopia and the Crisis of Anti-Nature: Architectural Intentions in Italy.’”

Italy is among the countries with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as deaths due to the ongoing pandemic. The Italian community, especially the arts and urban planning sectors, mourn his death. But his contributions will never be forgotten.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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