Guido Canella, born in 1931, is the creator of unique, controversial but also very important works. His language is original, combining echoes of different traditions revisited with curiosity and attention
[Guido Canella. Architecture 1957-1987] Guido Canella, born in 1931, is the creator of unique, controversial but also very important works. His language is original, combining echoes of different traditions revisited with curiosity and attention. His public buildings, especially those constructed for the municipalities of the suburbs of Milan, from the civic center of Pieve Emanuele to the monumental residential complex of Bollate, the schools of Monaca and Zerbo to the town hall of Pioltello, and the many competition projects, offer proof of his great consistency and creativity. After studying at the Milan Polytechnic, in the 1950s Canella became part of the group of young staffers who made the magazine “Casabella”, directed by Ernesto Rogers, an indispensable reference point for Italian culture. His first projects and constructed works were published by “Casabella”, and reveal a firm character, unwilling to compromise, that would lead him to confront, with a polemical spirit, the contradictions and uncertainties typical of the design practice of the 1960s. With the aim of making his work an opportunity to confirm the moral and civil implications of architectural research, Canella has designed works whose experimentalism is driven by ethical and social concerns.