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Giancarlo Consonni
Graziella Tonon

Values of town planning applied to architecture and architectural values used in urban planning are two constants in Piero Bottoni’s work. When he dedicated himself to urban planning, like in the project for QT8, Bottoni was ahead of his time, introducing the invention of landscape used in the design of cities with Monte Stella. Another constant was his focus on the relational backbone of the city: open public spaces. Each one of his architectural organisms is able to dialogue with the street, confirming it as well as demonstrating evolutionary possibilities. Making the “Living Street” the cornerstone of his work as an architect and urban planner, he overcame certain Rationalist simplifications thus anticipating the notions that will later be put forward by Jane Jacobs in her 1961 book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.”