Tuesday, December 4, 2012

On December 4

On this day in ...
... 1927 (85 years ago today), Gae Aulenti (left) was born in Friuli, a region in the far northeast corner of Italy. She earned an architecture degree from Milan Polytechnic University in 1953, and then worked worked at an Italian design magazine. After earning a doctorate, she taught architecture in Venice and in Milan, and won fame for designs of public spaces throughout the world; for example, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Contemporary Art Gallery at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. One of a very few noted women architects in Italy, Aulenti died just a few weeks ago, on November 1, in Milan. (photo credit) A quote from her New York Times obituary gives a window into her fierce independence:
'I don’t like to dress alla moda. The moment it’s loudly announced that red is fashion, I stop wearing red. I want to dress in green.'

(Prior December 4 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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