The culture of design in Italy began during the Renaissance and developed due to the influence between the schools of indusrial design and artistic trends, and followed diversified and innovative flows linked to territories and entrepreneurship.
After World War II, Italian design symbolised the country’s economic growth and became the leading element of Italy’s industrial production. Today, like yesterday, Italian design has tangible and intangible features that have made it recognisable across the planet for its original projects, the quality of materials employed, the manufacturing of these objects, the environmentally friendly production processes (considerate of those who work at them as of those who will use them), and the distinctive characteristics of its packaging and advertising.
Italian design combines the concreteness of traditional craftsmanship and the spirit of experimentation. By integrating the beauty of design into mass production, Italian design has fostered the coexistence of art and industry along a mutual development process.
Italian Design Day 2018 was hosted at Rennie Hall – Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with opening remarks by Ilaria Baldan Executive Director at Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West.
This year’s edition of Italian Design Day was held on March 16 focused on the connection between design and sustainability presented by Architect Hana Hosi Narvaez Bautista from Stefano Boeri Architetti Milan (Italy).
Dr. Hana Hosi Narvaez Bautista is a practicing architect at Stefano Boeri Architetti. Graduated with honours at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas in 2007, she collaborated with several architectural studios in urban regeneration projects. Following, she enrolled in a two years Master’s degree at Politecnico di Milano, where she graduated with honours in 2009. She is also a co-tutor for Master’s degree thesis at Politecnico di Milano.
Since 2011 she is employed by Stefano Boeri Architetti where she has followed a wide range of large scale projects and competitions in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America.
During 2017 Hana Narvaez has been involved in the design of the General Local Plan for Tirana 2030 and the urban vision Taranto Calling; both project explore planning strategies for revitalizing local urban tissue and reducing the impact on the natural environment.
Hana Narvaez is currently leading projects in Europe, South America and China including the Guizhou Mountain Forest Hotel, a green building recalling the Milanese prototype of Vertical Forest, aiming to integrate architecture and living nature.
Italian Design Day is made possible by the team set up by the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, in association with the Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Dr. Ron Burnett-president), the Italian Trade Commissioner to Canada (Dr. Matteo Picariello), and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West (Dr. Celso Boscariol-president).
The project involves all public and private players who represent high-quality Italian design, including the world of business. Following its successful debut in 2017, this is the second edition of the event represents the work of Stefano Boeri Architetti with a highlight on the integration of nature in the cities.
The 2018 Italian Design Day in the World serves to promote this important event, and it was no coincidence that the relationship between sustainability and design was chosen as the theme. The design industry is a distinctive element of the Made in Italy brand which unites beauty and originality with high-quality raw materials and innovative production methods and expresses the culture and traditions of the various regions.
The General Consulate of Italy in Vancouver is engaged in intense promotional activities to satisfy global demand for Italianity, by presenting the best of our regional traditions and our Country’s innovative genius declared in his speech Dr Massimiliano Iacchini The Consul General of Italy in Vancouver.
The studio Stefano Boeri Architetti has been invited to Vancouver to contribute to the discussion on global issues, such as climate change and biodiversity crysis, which are among the principal directions of its practice and research. Among the most recent developments – Vertical Forest in Milan, Lausanne, Nanjing, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Paris and a global campaign for Urban Forestry launched in light of upcoming World Forum on Urban Forests.
Over the last 28 years, GLOBE Forum has brought together business, government and civil society leaders from around the world who are at the vanguard of sustainability and innovation: it promotes unparalleled networking, insights into the latest best practices and solutions, as well as access to prospects and partnerships that you won’t find anywhere else, as mentioned in her speech Dr Hana Hosi Narvaez Bautista.
The Mayor of Vancouver Gregor Robertson declared March 16 2018 Italian Design Day in the World awarding the community.