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Da ospedale a biblioteca. La storia del legato Turconi
At the beginning of 2021 the Academy of architecture Library moved to its new prestigious premises in Palazzo Turconi: this provides the opportunity to rediscover its history and to cast a look at the artistic heritage of the place.
By means of original documents and unpublishes drawings, the exhibition illustrates the life of count Alfonso Turconi (who requested the construction of the building) and the project of the hospital built under the direction of architect Luigi Fontana from Muggio.

Launch exhibition
of the Academy of architecture

curated by
Angela Windholz


From hospital
to library.
History of the
Turconi bequest

8 June – 8 October 2021
Da ospedale a biblioteca. La storia del legato Turconi

the flyer
in pdf (Italian)
New library system
#BiUSIrevolution: the virtual migratione of USI Libraries
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Jean Nouvel, Claude Parent : musées à venir : [Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, du 14 janvier au 28 février 2016]

sous la dir. de Donatien Grau
Paris : Actes Sud, 2016
ISBN: 978-2-330-05686-5
Freshly catalogued
Painting : critical and primary sources

edited by Beth Harland and Sunil Manghani
London : Bloomsbury, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-8578-5499-5,978-0-8578-5517-6,978-0-8578-5632-6,978-0-8578-5650-0
Sempering : process and pattern in architecture and design : [MUDEC, Museo delle culture, Milano, 2 Aprile - 12 Settembre 2016, per la 21. Triennale di Milano]

[a cura di Luisa Collina, Cino Zucchi
Cinisello Balsamo : Silvana, 2016
ISBN: 978-88-366-3438-5
La costruzione delle Alpi : il Novecento e il modernismo alpino (1917-2017)

Antonio De Rossi
Roma : Donzelli, 2016
ISBN: 978-88-6843-526-4