Giovanni Michelucci was born in Pistoia, Italy on January 2, 1891. His family owned a well-known metal workshop, recognized for the handicraft and artistic working of iron. On the night of December 31, 1990, two days before his hundredth birthday, Michelucci died in his home in Fiesole, site of the Foundation from which he created. >A Century Long Life
Giovanni Michelucci was a key figure in the progress and advancement of contemporary Italian architecture during the past century, creating one of the first modern buildings, Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence (1932). He also worked on projects for the reconstruction of Florence during the post-WWII period and renewing the city with different religious architecture in the years to follow, culminating with the Chiesa dell'Autostrada. >Architecture through out time
Michelucci had the fortune to live a "century long life" through the twentieth century, witnessing the complexity of events, transformations, and ideas that have defined a period, allowing us to open new languages and proposals in result. >Works and Interviews of Michelucci
Enthusiastic and tireless promoter of initiatives and cultural activity, even in his last years, Michelucci participated with continued passion towards the fundamental subjects of the discussion on the town, from a nonconformist and innovative position. >The Bibliography
The living project, to which Giovanni Michelucci dedicated his time during the last 20 years, was the creation of a Foundation with "the purpose of contributing to the study and research in the field of city planning and modern architecture; with special attention to the problems of the social structures, hospitals, prisons, and schools." After the success of a Study Center of the New City in Fiesole and the Giovanni Michelucci Documentation Center in Pistoia, the Foundation was established in 1982. In his will, Michelucci appointed a "universal heir" to the Foundation.
After 25 years of activity, the Michelucci Foundation is still characterized by its original purpose and continues to work on subjects of the social habitat and the relation between space and society. The space is a guide in which the Foundation reads the different social dynamics of change and the relation between the urban space and its inhabitants, the subjects of health, safety, immigration, and different lifestyles.
Today the Foundation works in collaboration with cultural groups and public authorities, in which several projects and proposals have been created in response to changing the strategies of involvement with respect to crucial urban problems.
The magazine of the Foundation, "La Nuova Citta" was created in December 1945 during a time of cultural revival in Florence; its subject included the reconstruction and other arguments and proposals by Michelucci. Since then, a regular series has followed with the intent to document and discuss planning issues with regards to the present city and the emerging social problems.The Foundation continues to publish the magazine today with specific publications of current activities, catalog of finished projects, and the multimedia production of materials for the spread of information and data.
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The Foundation participates in projects on the subjects of architecture and contemporary city planning, furthering research and available information through meetings, discussions, and publications. Presently, the Foundation works in collaboration with cultural groups and public authorities, in which several projects and proposals have been created in response to changing the strategies of involvement with respect to crucial urban problems. The Foundation reads the different social dynamics of change and the relation between the urban space and its inhabitants, the subjects of health, safety, immigration, and different lifestyles. Observation and research groups, seminars, and meetings are the operating tools for the development of these themes.
The Michelucci Foundation is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 13:00. For visits to the Fondation, is it preferable to make a reservation.
(translation by Erica Besler)