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Renzo Piano and his unique style between innovation and tradition

When they ask me how I imagine the ‘future city’, I always answer that I hope it will be like the one of the past

Renzo Piano and his unique style between innovation and tradition

Claudia Astarita

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"When they ask me how I imagine the 'future city', I always answer that I hope it will be like the one of the past", these are the words spoken by Renzo Piano, one of the most famous Italian architects today.

His personality is the perfect mixture between a great vocation for innovation and a deep admiration for tradition, especially for the Italian one. Renzo is not only an architect nowadays, but also a Senator for life of the Italian Republic awarded several prizes and standing out as one of the most important people of the world. His remarkable achievements have not deprived Renzo Piano of his sensitivity regarding human perceptions and responses to his inputs. "Every time I finish a building, I hide and I start observing the reactions it causes on people...I look at their faces and I try to see my work through their eyes", the Senator declared, showing notable wisdom and sensitivity.

Renzo Piano was born in Genoa in 1937 and graduated in 1964 from Milan Politecnico. His mentor and teacher was eminent French professional Jean Prouvé and the young Renzo soon learnt a lot from him. The first international significant work by Piano was the Italian industry pavilion at Osaka Expo in 1969. He is also the mind behind other majestic projects, such as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the St. Nicola Stadium (Bari), Osaka Airport, Aurora Place (Sydney) and the Telecom Tower (Rotterdam).

Another outstanding work by Piano - whose construction lasted 12 years, from 2000 until 2012 - was London Shard, which stands out as the highest skyscraper in Europe. It would be impossible to quote all projects made by Piano but it's worth mentioning that his name echoes all over the world in the architectural field and it won't be easily forgotten.

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