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LECTURE BY ANGELO CORTESI AT SPD
The event is aimed at deepening understanding of new design languages. It is open to the general public and is one strand of the cycle of conferences held as part of the Master in Transportation Design, which is coordinated by Marco Bonetto. Among the other lecturers already planned are: Roberto Giolito, Fabrizio Giugiaro, Humberto Rodriguez, Walter De Silva, Wolfang Egger, Mario Favilla, Andrea Zagato, Fulvio Cinti and Stefano Casciani, Director of Scuola Politecnica di Design.
Since 1966 he has combined his intense work schedule as a designer with a large number of architectural works. For example, he created the first house made of stainless steel and expanded polyurethane in the world in 1970 in Sovico, in the province of Milan. Among his more recent projects have been a studio for the companies Alitalia nel mondo, the interior designs of Linate and Malpensa 2000 airports, Cadorna railway station in Milan, the garages and servicing facilities for Monza racetrack as well as the restructuring of the top floors of the Rinascente department store in Milan. In the product design field he has worked for WFM in Germany, Kartell, SADI, B&B in Italy, IBM in the USA and Polaroid UK. Among others he has also worked with: Parker, Seibu, Faber Castell, FIAM, Stilnovo, Tecno, Polaroid. His products have won major awards including: il Compasso d’Oro, Gold Medal at BIO in Ljublijana, Neocon Award in Chicago.
He was one of the first founders of ADI (Association for Industrial Design) of which he was President between 1985 and 1987 and then from 1991 to 1992. He is a member of the management committee of ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design).
He has managed the international magazine OFX and is on the scientific committee of a large number of other titles. In 1992 he was curator of the XVIII Milan Triennial entitled Naturalmente.