The architecture insists on building houses, streets, neighbourhoods, cities introducing the greenery in the built-up areas, meant as an element capable of accomplishing or "performing" various functions. The architecture always forgets that greenery, unlike the built-up areas, has its own life and its own development and always got i better of it throughout time.
Analysing vegetation in its natural and impromptu expansion in the urban context, Ugo La Pietra reflects on these spontaneous displays, developing them and trying to bring spontaneity back in a new urban design vision. Green works it out! gathers together the illustrations made by Ugo La Pietra since the 1980s which show the series of projects and ideas that stem from the observation of green urban space, together with a prologue written by Riccardo Zelatore and an introduction by Marco Meneguzzo.
Ugo La Pietra lives and works in Milan. He has always described himself as a “researcher” in the visual arts and in communication. His thinking has been expressed in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad and he has curated various exhibitions for the Milan Triennale, the Venice Biennale, the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon , the FRAC Centre in Orléans, the Museo delle Ceramiche in Faenza and the Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca. He won the Compasso d’Oro in 1979. His research experience in architecture and design have led him to develop themes such as “The Domicile Cell: A Microstructure: within the Information and Communications Systems” (MoMA, New York, 1972 – Fiera di Milano, 1982), “Rapporto tra Spazio reale e Spazio virtuale” (Triennale di Milano 1979, 1992), “La casa neoeclettica” (Abitare il Tempo, 1990), “Cultura Balneare” (Centro Culturale Cattolica, 1985/95). Through his work, writing and teaching he has constantly supported “local” as opposed to “internationalist” design. www.ugolapietra.com