Triennale Milano

Since 1923, Triennale Milano is an international institution which organises exhibitions and events about design, architecture, visual arts and theatre.

Since 1923 Triennale Milano is Italy's foremost institution for design and contemporary culture

All Episodes

With Joseph Grima, Sharmaine Lovegrove, Giorgia Lupi, Matthew Claudel. — Looking to the future near and distant we ask if there are reasons to be hopeful. Can innovation and the harnessing of human potential give us hope? In an age of activism and renewed social awareness is it even enough to passively talk about hope? — Hosted by David Plaisant — All the conversations were recorded in November and December 2020

Aug 19

1 hr 3 min

With Ben Ware, Tom Hughes, Tiago Rodrigues, Anne Laudisoit, Emanuele Coccia, Katie Mack, Marta Boffito. — Not as bleak and fatalistic as it may sound, we imagine a utopia or dystopia (depending on how you look at it) : the world without humans, and the very final stages of the universe beyond that. Speaking to two philosophers, a biologist, a theatre director, an ecologist, an HIV AIDS specialist and more besides; this is the most interdisciplinary and thought-provoking episode yet. — Hosted by David Plaisant — All the conversations were recorded in November and December 2020

Aug 5

1 hr 21 min

With James Carpenter, Mia Fineman, Katie Mack, Ivana Müller, Paolo Nespoli. — In this episode we are going to reverse the telescope, and instead focusing our gaze on our home planet, we are going to stay on Earth and look out into space; taking this opportunity to look at our imaginary host, the Moon, and far beyond that too. — Hosted by David Plaisant — All the conversations were recorded in November and December 2020

Jul 22

1 hr 2 min

With Ricky Burdett, Angela Rui, Joni Baboci, Hou Hanru. – From space the planet lights up at night as humankind switches on, emits, consumes, and sleeps. We look at what those lights might tell us, and what the darkness reveals too. – Hosted by David Plaisant — All the conversations were recorded in November and December 2020

Jul 8

54 min 44 sec

With Hangama Amiri, Rabih Mroué, Thyago Nogueira, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli. — From demarcations in the Amazon to data front lines on our smartphones and under the oceans, we look at the visible and invisible frontiers that continue to affect billions of people. — Hosted by David Plaisant — All the conversations were recorded in November and December 2020

Jun 24

59 min 23 sec

With Andres Jaque, Nico Daswani, Hou Hanru, Anupama Kundoo, Kandis Williams. — We look at the divisions that run through our societies, from race to wealth. The information age has shone a light on a world that is more divided than ever. Maybe a new culture is the only hope of survival? — Hosted by David Plaisant — All the conversations were recorded in November and December 2020

Jun 10

1 hr 12 min

With Stefano Boeri, Ersilia Vaudo, Paola Antonelli, Formafantasma, Andrés Jaque, Legacy Russell. — We take stock of the planet’s environment, both natural and manmade. Can we still talk of an Anthropocene Era? What is the planet’s culture as seen from the Moon? What is culture beyond the pandemic? — From the Moon the Earth seems to be a serenely beautiful sphere of blues, greens and whirling white clouds. From the moon, is where we can finally step back and look at the state of our planet; from the extinction and destruction being caused by climate change to the interlinked conflict and crises that is effecting our population. This podcast will look at Planet Earth as if we are broadcasting from the Moon, the distance allowing us to make sense of the immense beauty that sometimes coexists, but that can often disappear when faced with such grave challenges. Seven episodes of From the Moon will try and unpack the state of the planet via different, distinct topics that interweave and complement the XXIII Triennale theme. Bringing together the fields of design, innovation, science, art, philosophy and more besides, conversations broadcast From the Moon will offer solutions and warnings, they should inspire and critique in equal measure. The 2020 pandemic is of course present in all our consciousness, and rather than addressing this as its own topic or episode it has to be taken as a subtext of the whole podcast series. Some episodes will have particular resonance when it comes to assessing the impact and consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. HOSTED BY DAVID PLAISANT – David Plaisant is a freelance journalist and writer based in Italy. He began his career in London, where he worked in architecture and design advocacy groups and then as a design writer and radio producer for multimedia brand Monocle. — All the conversations were recorded in November and December 2020

May 27

59 min 32 sec

Triennale Milano has been working for some time on a series of in-depth analyses of its programmes in podcast form. From the Moon is part of this project and will accompany the public towards the opening of the International Exhibition. The series, which will be in English, consists of seven episodes, in which leading names from the world of culture and science will discuss some of the key issues facing the world today. — Hosted by David Plaisant

May 20

1 min 30 sec

“Committed, passionate, ingenious, resourceful, elegant and utterly uncompromising, Enzo Mari is one of the most fascinating designers of our time.” Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano, remembers his long-term friendship with Enzo Mari in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Oct 2020

35 min 36 sec

“Committed, passionate, ingenious, resourceful, elegant and utterly uncompromising, Enzo Mari is one of the most fascinating designers of our time.” Marva Griffin, Founder and Curator of SaloneSatellite and Director of Salone del Mobile’s International Press Office, discusses Mari’s role as an “outsider” of the design world with Alice Rawsthorn.

Oct 2020

32 min

“Committed, passionate, ingenious, resourceful, elegant and utterly uncompromising, Enzo Mari is one of the most fascinating designers of our time.” Design duo Formafantasma explains the influence Enzo Mari had on their ongoing research about the “implication of production” in design processes.

Oct 2020

29 min 10 sec

“Committed, passionate, ingenious, resourceful, elegant and utterly uncompromising, Enzo Mari is one of the most fascinating designers of our time.” Design curator Paola Antonelli and Alice Rawsthorn discuss Mari’s influence on today’s understanding of design: from his project of the Milanese Panettoni to the masterpiece Proposta per un’Autoprogettazione.

Oct 2020

26 min 21 sec

“Committed, passionate, ingenious, resourceful, elegant and utterly uncompromising, Enzo Mari is one of the most fascinating designers of our time.” Series host Alice Rawsthorn sits down with London-based designer Martino Gamper, who remembers his uncompromising master Enzo Mari.

Oct 2020

35 min 32 sec

“Committed, passionate, ingenious, resourceful, elegant and utterly uncompromising, Enzo Mari is one of the most fascinating designers of our time.” Series host Alice Rawsthorn sits down with the curator of the Enzo Mari retrospective at Triennale Milano to discuss how he approaches an exhibition about “the many faces of Mari”.

Oct 2020

30 min 30 sec

“Committed, passionate, ingenious, resourceful, elegant and utterly uncompromising, Enzo Mari is one of the most fascinating designers of our time.” Design critic and writer Alice Rawsthorn collaborates with Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator of the Triennale Milano’s Enzo Mari retrospective, on Enzo Mari Costellazione: a podcast in which Mari’s friends and collaborators share their memories and observations of the designer. Architect Stefano Boeri describes him as “a constellation”. Curator Paola Antonelli sees him as “the conscience of Italian design”. While designer Martino Gamper remembers Enzo Mari as having “insulted me in a way that I’ve never been insulted by another designer.” Marva Griffin Wilshire, founder and creator of Salone Satelline, defines him as “an outsider” whilst design duo Formafantasma unfolds the influence Enzo Mari had on their work about the “implication of production” in design processes. As Hans Ulrich Obrist discusses with Alice Rawsthorn: “the exhibition is an exhibition about the many Maris”. Enzo Mari Costellazione is brought to you by Triennale Milano Host: Alice Rawsthorn Sound editing and recording: Spiritland Productions Produced by Marco Martello and Martina Corbella

Oct 2020

1 min 7 sec

David Plaisant sits with James Binning who founded in 2010, together with a 16 to 20 partners, Assemble, a multidisciplinary collective that tries to address the typical disconnect between the public and the process by which places are made.

Nov 2019

12 min 5 sec

Journalist David Plaisant meets with the rising star of Mexican architecture Tatiana Bilbao, founder of the Tatiana Bilbao Estudio in her native Mexico City in 2004. Image Los Terrenos / Tatiana Bilbao. Photo Rory Gardiner

Nov 2019

17 min 17 sec

In this episode David Plaisant meets with thinker Ricky Burdett, professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and director of Urban Age project which he founded in 2005. At the end of 2018 Burdett launched “Shaping Cities in an Urban Age” the third in the Urban Age series of publications published by Phaidon.

Oct 2019

16 min 13 sec

David Plaisant meets with renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who was awarded the Pritzker prize in 2014 and discuss his approach to architecture.

Oct 2019

6 min 55 sec

David sits down with Bernie Krause, author, bio-acoustician, speaker, natural sound artist, to discuss his life’s work in sound.

Oct 2019

18 min 22 sec

David Plaisant meets with Eyal Weizman, British Israeli architect and founder of Forensic Architecture to discuss the inevitable politicization of his work and how we shouldn’t distinguish between the effects of conflict and natural disasters.

Oct 2019

15 min 4 sec

David Plaisant meets with Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design and Curator of the XXII Triennale di Milano Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival and Glenn D.Lowry, the ‘David Rockefeller Director’ of MoMA, to discuss whether Cultural Institutions are the R&D of today’s society.

Oct 2019

17 min 49 sec

Architecture & Anthropocene, is a podcast produced by Triennale Milano, Italy’s foremost institution for design and contemporary culture, hosted by journalist David Plaisant. This is a discussion on architecture, design, nature and technology in this the age of humans, the so-called anthropocene era. In this 7-episode podcast David meets with design curator Paola Antonelli, Forensic Architecture founder Eyal Weizman, bio-acoustician Bernie Krause, urban thinker Ricky Burdett, and architects Shigeru Ban, Tatiana Bilbao and Assemble, the London based architecture collective.

Sep 2019

1 min 21 sec