Italian Design Day Milano Design Film Festival @Shanghai / 2020



Roberto Pagani, Liu Kan, Zhang Yu, Fan Wenbing


The Italian Government Institute of Culture Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai 

Guests: Roberto Pagani (Italy), Liu Kan, Zhang Yu, Fan Wenbing
Host: The Italian Government Institute of Culture Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai 
Date: November 28-29, 2020
Time: 14:00-16
Venue: Interactive Multi-Media Hall (1F), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

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La Cupola, 2016

Design has been the core of Italy’s national culture and self-awareness for years, with a sub-branch of design, fashion, occupying the attention of the professionals, the intellectuals, and the public. In Italy, people often talk about design, including the accomplishments and the challenges. It seems that design stirs up more attention in Italy than in the rest of the world.

Italian Design Day is an international design event launched in 2017 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. Every year, ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale) collaborates with authorities all over the world to organize cultural events. IDD includes a rich schedule of events created by the network of Embassies, Consulates, Italian Cultural Institutes and ICE Offices abroad. The events IDD organizes include meetings, courses, lectures, movie reviews, and exhibitions, etc. Usually IDD is hold in every March, but this year’s IDD has been postponed to November because of the global pandemic. ADI and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation assigned Silvia Robertazzi as the ambassador of Italian design in Shanghai. Silvia Robertazzi is also the founder and curator of Milano Design Film Festival.

Tobia Scarpa: L’anima segreta delle cose, 2015

Founded in 2013, Milano Design Film Festival has become a popular cultural event in Milan. Since imported in Shanghai by The Italian Government Institute of Culture Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai in 2017, MDFF has been organized for a concessive 4 years. This year is the 4th MDFF and it is going to take place with Italian Design Day at the same time. Over the years, MDFF has established itself as an effective tool to support the promotion of design and the internationalization of a strategic industrial sector for Italian’s culture export.


The Infinite Happiness,2015

The 4th Milano Design Film Festival @Shanghai is going to take place on Novermber 28-29, 2020 at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, an example of urban space remodeling. The two-day event will screen three excellent movies: Tobia Scarpa , on the personality and work of a great architect and designer; La Cupola , on the surreal residence that Michelangelo Antonioni had built on the coast of Sardinia; The Infinite Happiness , on the “8 House” residential complex, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, which seems to be the positive reversal of the unsuccessful utopian condominium projects that marked the 60s and 70s of the twentieth century.
three movies offer a panorama of voices and visions of Italian design. There will also be a discussion led by Roberto Pagani, Scientific Attaché of the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai and Professor of Architecture Technology at the Polytechnic of Turin. Focused on the themes of design, craftsmanship, architecture, urban planning, sustainability.

Event Schedule

November 28

Tobia Scarpa. L'anima segreta delle cose
Director: Elia Romanelli
Country: Italy
Year: 2015
Duration: 30 minutes

Speakers: Roberto (Italy), Liu Kan, Zhang Yu
Tobias Scarpa was a great Italian architect of the last century. His passion for details is a rare or distinguished way to “make an architecture.” He knew well about materials and worked as a craft man. He once said: “I lament the fact that I didn’t become a mason.” In other words, his works is to deal with stones and architectural materials. Today, his way of working seems rather remote. So, is the question still eligible for the present time? Is this kind of achievement only achievable for the “masters”, or is it also achievable by those who received well-round architectural training? Various million cubic meters of concrete enable millions to live at the same city, but is it meaningful to neglect their living environment, their sense of belonging to the earth, or their living quality?

La Cupola
Director: Volker Sattel
Country: Germany
Year: 2016
Duration: 40 minutes

Speakers: Roberto Pagani (Italy), Liu Kan, Zhang Yu
La Cupola is a futuristic house in Sardinia designed by the architect Dante Bini for film director Michelangelo Antonioni. It is an isolated, privileged, and elite holiday house: close to the ocean and far away from the hustle. But is the freedom of this place limited by privilege? The building with a dome was built between rocks, a land with no trace of landing. With no infrastructure, is this house an ecological building? Our present architecture is a long way to go from sustainability, with various environmental issues suspending, such as energy shortage, pollution, and oil crisis that can date back to 1973. So, what kind of building is this?

November 29

The Infinite Happiness
Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
Country: France / Denmark
Year: 2015
Duration: 85 minutes

Speakers: Roberto Pagani (Italy), Fan Wenbing
How to build a satisfying social relationship within an independent residential community? We have seen a lot of cases that focuses on constructing an open, energetic community in the start. But almost all of them failed. What went worse was not only in the architectural quality, but also in the social relationship. Why is “Infinite Happiness” different from these cases, including its outcome? Can architectural project bring a different fate to the residents? Is it impossible to achieve?


About the Guests

Roberto Pagani

Roberto Pagani has been the Scientific Attaché of the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai since 2016. He is Professor of Architectural Technology at Professor of Architecture Technology at the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy), former researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1979-1980) and scientific director and coordinator of a many demonstration projects promoted by the European Commission. He is also one of the design team of 2006 Turin Olympics athletes village.Since 2003, Pagani has extended collaborations in China, where he was accredited as Academic Advisor of the Jiangsu Institute of Urban Planning and Design, in Nanjing. He is the concept designer of the new Sino-Italian Science and Technology Park of Luoyang (Henan Province), where he has been awarded the Honorary Professorship by the Luoyang Normal University. Pagani is also acknowledged as Visiting Professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology and at the Curtin University in Perth (Australia). Since 2012, Pagani has been endorsed by the EU as co-Director of the Europe-China Clean Energy Centre, based in Beijing. The centre was co-established by EU, NEA, AND MofCOM. In 2015, Pagani was assigned as the Scientific Attaché of the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Liu Kan

LIU Kan is an Assistant Professor at College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University. His main research fields include Urban and Architecture Criticism, Cultural Studies of Architecture, History and Theory of Shanghai`s Contemporary Architecture and Urban Development, etc. He has led many national and Shanghai’s academic projects. He is the standing secretary of the Architecture Review Committee of The Architecture Society of China. A research member of Shanghai Gaofeng Project “Urban Architecture Theory and Criticism” team. He is a member of the Reviewer of the SSCI Journal of Urban Planning and Development (ASCE) and he is also Guest Editor of the Journal of Time + Architecture.

Zhang Yu

Doctor, associate professor, PhD supervisor, Vice Director of the Architecture Department, School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology. He obtained his doctoral degree in 2012 after four years’ study of Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. Since 2012, he has been teaching at Harbin Institute of Technology. His main study focuses on building design in cold climate, adapting the residential area to be more elders friendly and children friendly. He proactively explores new pedagogy, establishing architecture MOOC, English courses, etc. In recent years, he has published 6 academic works, in which 2 chapters have been selected into classic series. He has also published over 40 essays. He works for 5 academic organization, and he is the editor of various academic publications at home and abroad.

Fan Wenbing

Fan Wenbing, PhD, is Head and Professor of Department of Architecture at School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He also serves as director of SJTU Architectural Innovation Experimental Center, researcher of SJTU China Institute of Urban Governance, and Founder / Chief Architect of Atelier Fan. Heis a Member of Council of CAC-ASC (Committee of Architectural Criticism, Architectural Society of China), Council of IAE-ASC (Institute of Architectural Education, Architectural Society of China) and DAC-ASSC (Department of Architectural Creation, Architectural Society of Shanghai China).

Fan’s academic research includes three interests: the theory and practice of architectural education, the Chinese contemporary architectural design practice, and urban renewal of metropolis Shanghai. Fan’s main achievements of design include: WAF (World Architecture Festival) shortlisted award, and second prize of Architectural Creation Award of ASSC. He has presided over and participated in several scientific research projects, including NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China), Shanghai Pujiang Talent Plan, and Shanghai Key Undergraduate Teaching Reform. He has published four academic books and more than 20 high-quality papers in leading academic journals.