Radio Antidoto, Ideal Cities, Italo Calvino
Simona Camisani interviewed the architect Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, son of Lodovico (1909 – 2004), starting the first of a series of meetings on the SURP – Sign Urban Reality Project (www.surproject.org).
The SURP project is a utopian-dystopian walk in the city of Sesto San Giovanni, created by Simona Camisani (art therapist – trainer), with Giorgia Santambrogio (graphic designer) and Diego Repetto (architect, member of the Ideal Spaces Working Group). Sesto is a metaphor and snapshot of the present moment from an economic, historical, cultural, environmental, political, and social point of view. A city suspended between a rural-productive-industrial past and a future in the making, to be rebuilt, a little like the pandemic is imposing on all realities. In revealing the urban stratifications we can find traces of a possible and sustainable future. The interview with architect Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso explores the past, present, and future of Sesto San Giovanni and the Milanese territory through the testimony of his father, the memorial projects of the international architecture firm BBPR and his own professional experience.
The following interview, sponsored by the Fondazione Trasformatorio (www.trasformatorio.net), is entitled NO FUTURE WITHOUT MEMORY, inspired by Primo Levi’s historic phrase, to celebrate 27 January as Holocaust Memorial Day and remembering the architect Ludovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, deported to the concentration camps of Fossoli, Bolzano, Mauthausen, and Gusen, as a political opponent and buried, according to his will, with the handkerchief of ANED – Associazione Nazionale Ex Deportati. In 1998 Lodovico and Alberico Belgiojoso created the Monument to the Deported in the Parco Nord in Milan, dedicated to the factory workers in the industrial area of Sesto San Giovanni, arrested by the Nazi-Fascists and deported to the lagers. It is from this testimony that the interview recorded on Radio Antidoto (www.radioantidoto.org) begins.