Benedetta Tagliabue – arcVision Prize stories

Benedetta Tagliabue presented Too Good to Waste at the 2017 Milano Design Week.

Milan, April 3-15 – Benedetta Tagliabue, member of the jury of the arcVision Prize – Women and architecture, presented the installation Too Good to Waste at the Università degli Studi di Milano for the INTERNI MATERIAL IMMATERIAL Exhibition during the 2017 Milano Design Week.

THE JURY ENG Benedetta Tagliabue« Material immaterial is an interesting theme. In English the word ‘immaterial’ has a different connotation it means ‘not important’, that allow us to play with this concept of not important things, things you can get rid of.

The idea behind this project is to take wood waste or low quality pieces and transform them in jewels. »

Benedetta Tagliabue

Too Good to Waste

The installation by Benedetta Tagliabue, EMBT seeks to question the validity of the current relationship between wood
consumption and fashion. In other words, how the cultural dimension on tangible choices regarding material production and environmental impact.

The work is composed of a series of precise interventions on the portals of the hall of the Aula Magna that enclose reflecting surfaceshidden seats, benches and tables to push, pull and adjust, inviting discovery.

Mirroring the way in which the statues in terracotta enliven the interior facades of the Renaissance architecture of Filarete, visitors become an integral part of this installation when they interact with it, completing the piece.

To good to waste, Benedetta Tagliabue EMBT


Benedetta Tagliabue studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and currently acts as director of the international architecture firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, based in Barcelona and, since 2010, in Shanghai. Among her most notable projects built are the Edinburgh Parliament, Diagonal Mar Park, the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, Campus Universitario de Vigo, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo which was awarded the prestigious RIBA International “Best International Building of 2011” award.

Current studio projects include The Business School of Fudan University in Shanghai, office towers in Taiwan and Taichung, public spaces of HafenCity in Hamburg, Germany, and the metro station Clichy-Montfermeil in Paris, France (1st prize in competition).

Her studio works in the fields of architecture, design of public spaces, rehabilitation, interior and industrial design. Her poetic architecture, always attentive to its context, has won international awards in the fields of public space and design. In the teaching field, she has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Columbia University and Barcelona ETSAB, lecturing regularly at architecture forums and universities, and is part of jurors around the world, e.g. the Princesa de Asturias awards and recently she joined the jury of the Pritzker Prize.

In 2004 she received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. She received the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award, which is given annually to an individual or practice that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture. She is also the director of the Enric Miralles Foundation, whose goal is to promote experimental architecture in the spirit of her late husband and partner Enric Miralles.



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