Prospettiva Olivetti

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  • Cinematheque at Home
  • April 6th–10th, 2022
  • Directed by Davide Maffei
  • 2020Italy88 minutesItalian (with English subtitles)

James Stirling, Kenzo Tange, Louis Kahn: the best architects were hired to ensure the success of Olivetti. Architecture is the essential tool for shaping a community. That was the vision of Adriano Olivetti. As one of the biggest Italian industrialists, he quickly understood the importance of good accommodation for his employees. In Ivrea the company built not only factories but also workers’ housing and communal facilities. It was an example of employer responsibility and effective social housing. Prospettiva Olivetti shows how, since Adriano’s death, the Olivetti team preserves his reputation with buildings all over the world. But is the shrinking company still capable of maintaining this unique architectural heritage and the workers’ housing?

JR Wagner Architect