The new integrated service spaces that today are part of smart working building designs are many: they range from the kitchenette, where everyone can warm up a meal brought from home or ordered online and eat it together with colleagues, to the cafeteria, with two or four tables for business meetings in front of a cup of tea. The principle is to reproduce as much as possible familiar environments that predispose the soul to serenity and collaboration among colleagues. One of the needs that emerge, however, in large open spaces environments is privacy: this has changed individual habits a lot, and more and more often there is a significant lowering of decibels within these large environments. People are learning to speak more and more quietly and with respect for everyone. But often this is not enough, because there are needs such as telephone calls, or reading a document that requires a lot of concentration, for which there are special soundproofed spaces, very compact and welcoming, where silence is total and where privacy is maximum and guaranteed. The presence of powerful wifi everywhere allows you to work from every corner of the building, even on the terrace, or in the garden, if you want to be outdoors. More and more adopted as integrative solutions, there are also gyms available to workers. Still, the most appreciated, especially by those who have family, are the deliveries to the office of shopping, dye-works, pharmacy or other packages, which free precious hours of private life to more pleasant and relaxing activities once working hours are over, just to maximize the daily budget of well-being, the true goal of smart working.
Smart working means much more than the remote work we've been doing lately. We can, therefore, take advantage of this new global scenario to implement it in our daily lives as comprehensively as possible. First of all, the idea behind smart working is the maximum increase of our physical and mental well-being in all hours of our working day, and that this can be achieved with a strong sense of freedom. Each of us should be able to work in a flexible and "nomadic" way, moving inside and/or outside our workplace. This is the logistical part of smart working. The less known part is related to the principle of "service to the person", and is the predominant one. New designs increasingly apply new concepts: fixed workstations and rooms with two/three desks now disappear in the face of larger rooms with many more workstations that are no longer assigned individually, but follow the logistical principle of booking. This is because it is now proven that not all of them are always in the office at the same time. So it is useless and too expensive for companies to immobilize the cost of square meters of building and related unused workstations every day for no reason. Much better to allocate those economic resources to improve the lives of workers, integrating the building where you work with other spaces, previously non-existent, at the service of the working day.
Architecture is a discipline that is very close to medical practice because it also requires both technical and humanistic expertise.
This concept is rooted in one of the founding texts of Western philosophy, the “Republic” of Plato. In this work, the city is described as a "pasture", i.e. a place of growth, which conditions and feeds the health of its inhabitants. Therefore, it must be organized and built in such a way as to be "nutritious and healthy". Plato declares that "builders and architects must also be educated and controlled" so that "bad weeds" do not grow in the pastureland with the consequence of poisoning the citizens, of making them sick and depressed instead of making them prosper.
Plato's message was that in order to achieve the health of the city, understood as a place of habitation and relations, the disciplines that physically organize the territory and the living space, which are a common good, and whose care must be the main objective of the activities dedicated to design and construction, must, therefore, be regulated and monitored.
It is a text written about two thousand four hundred years ago, yet rich in very topical meanings that touch on two key concepts, from the ethical point of view of professional practice, which are
The theme of living is architecture as a therapy for space and the idea of architecture as a social device, able to trigger in a decisive way on man both well-being and malaise.
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On the occasion of the press conference held on 25 July 2019, the rich programme of events has been presented: it will start next September at BAM, the first park without fences in town.
BAM. The logo chosen for this project immediately refers to the essence of the park: a unique place in the City where you can live cultural experiences in direct contact with nature. From the inscription I AM composed of the books of a library; in fact, branches develop that intertwine and ideally embrace all citizens.
With its 90,000 square metres of green space, BAM ranks third in size as a public park in Milan, with a pedestrian area of 160,000 square metres if one considers the integrated system that includes Piazza Gae Aulenti, the headquarters of the Lombardy Region and Piazza Della Repubblica. However, the characteristic that distinguishes it as excellence within the panorama, not only Milanese but also national, is the absence of any fence or controlled access, a factor that underlines, even more, its vocation as a meeting place open to all. Another important primacy concerns the managerial aspect; in fact, it was born thanks to the first collaboration agreement between the public (Municipality of Milan) and private (COIMA SGR and Riccardo Catella Foundation) for the management of a public park in Italy.
The variety of one hundred different tree species represented by the 135,000 plants scattered in the vibrant design of areas used (declined) for lawns, ornamental gardens and circular forests similar to open-air rooms makes the Library of Trees much more than just an urban park but a real botanical exhibition. It will be possible to discover all this through the numerous initiatives planned from September, such as walks, talks and workshops on the heritage of the park and respect for the green.
BAM's goal is to become the nerve centre of a civic and cultural network open to all through a programme of events inspired by the SDGs, the 17 UN sustainable development objectives. These events base on four pillars: #nature, #openairculture, #wellness and #education. In the light of the agreement signed between the public and private sectors, the technical management entrusts to the Riccardo Catella Foundation, which coordinates the various initiatives also managed by the various partnerships participating in the project. Each of them has been asked to develop one of these four themes with activities that range from wellness programs with free sessions to picnics with music, from street art performances to educational and creative workshops on innovation and sustainability.
The opening of this rich cultural calendar will take place on 8 September with the concert "Back to the City" performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala. It is for the first time that the Philarmonic is involved in an "en plein air" performance: "the best way to regain possession of urban spaces after the summer break" as commented Michele Crisci, President of Volvo Car Italia, Park Ambassador of BAM.