BY: Claudia Astarita
The name of Gae Aulenti has been the distinguishing characteristic of several important projects, not only in Italy but in the broader international scenario. She has been a protagonist in renovation processes involving the Gare d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, but also Palazzo Grassi (Venice), Rome Quirinale and the Estense Castle in Ferrara. Her talent is well known not only in Europe Gae, but everywhere in the world, from Tokyo to San Francisco.
Aulenti has launched a great wave of revolution in the architecture. After World War II, something new had to be created by “searching in depth in order to reconnect what the War had de-connected”, she declared. When she started her career in 1948, it was her strong personality and her perseverance that drove her to remarkable achievements in the architecture world, which was mainly made up of men.