Ramak Fazel, the photographer of the cover image describes his experience at Arcosanti: “Wafting in the wind against an Arizona sky, these colourful flags provide orientation to an Arcosanti swimmer. One might imagine that his submerged ears drown the hum from the nearby Interstate 17. The two poles of Paolo Soleri’s American experience—Cosanti and Arcosanti—were separated by 67 miles of unforgiving concrete road navigable only by the private automobile. The swimming pool at Arcosanti provided respite from more than the summer heat”.
Photo Ramak Fazel
Editoriale: Nuotare nel paesaggio
Per questo Salone del Mobile, Domus ha colto l’opportunità di rivisitare, attraverso l’archivio di Ramak Fazel, amici vecchi e nuovi—Paolo Soleri tra questi—nella mostra “Analog Blast” allestita alla Casa degli Atellani.
Op–Ed: The Nationalist Library
Text Eyal Weizman
Edited by Elena Sommariva
Losk. Alina Schmuch, Franca Scholz
The sublime is now
Over the past quarter century, the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein has operated as a site of applied architectural experimentation, challenging world-famous architects to rethink industrial buildings. The latest addition to the campus is a warehouse by sanaa; while its scale is imposing, it succeeds in introducing an element of poetic sublimity to the industrial site.
Design Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. Text Andres Lepik. Photos Niccolò Morgan Gandolfi. Edited by Laura Bossi
A stone’s throw from Tokyo Narita Airport lies an unusual food processing facility, the Koisuru-Buta Laboratory. It offers long-term employment to differently-abled individuals, it includes an on-site restaurant open to the public, and its headquarters were designed by Atelier Bow-Wow. Yoshimura Yasutaka reports on this new model of factory designed around its social agenda.
Design Atelier Bow-Wow. Text Yoshimura Yasutaka. Photos Atelier Bow-Wow, Takahiro Okamura. Edited by Rita Capezzuto
Engineering and tradition
A foray into the office of Junya Ishigami in Tokyo reveals new aspects of his design philosophy, intent on creating architectural experiences poised between engineering challenges and simple gestures.
Text Joseph Grima. Photos Yasushi Ichikawa, junya.ishigami +associates. Edited by Rita Capezzuto
The words recycling and reuse may be in the dna of Japanese culture, but they sank into oblivion with the rise of unbridled consumerism after World War II. In more recent times, however, a number of Japanese architectural and urban developments have displayed a reversal of this trend. We report here on two examples, one in Yokohama and one in Kurashiki.
Text Salvator-John A. Liotta. Edited by Rita Capezzuto
While the reconstruction in Japan proceeds at a slow pace, a group of architects has created a series of public buildings working directly with local communities, erecting kindergardens, community spaces and play centres near temporary housing zones. Although modest in size, these projects are profoundly appreciated by their users thanks to their spirit of sharing.
Text Julian Worrall. Photos Edmund Sumner. Edited by Laura Bossi
The Metabolist routine
Japanese Metabolism was more than just an architectural movement: it was a lifestyle. Two young Portuguese architects, who currently reside in Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, report on their daily 21st-century life in one of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings.
Text and photos Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares. edited by Laura Bossi
Network: House in Chayagasaka
Starting from a central room, the house by Tetsuo Kondo grows organically with a series of differently shaped boxes.
Text and design Tetsuo Kondo
Where cities talk to money
Sam Jacob reports from mipim, the annual real estate fair in Cannes where the mechanics of contemporary city-making are laid bare.
Text Sam Jacob. Illustration Danilo Agutoli. Edited by Rita Capezzuto
Design, technology or marketing? Which factors most affect the success of consumer electronics? Samsung’s overtaking of Apple—in its smartphone and tablet sales—relaunches a debate involving the whole industrial design world. Justin McGuirk talked about the issue with the Korean giant’s design chief when they met at the Milan Furniture Fair.
Text Justin McGuirk. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni
Prêt à travailler: workaholic holograms
Holograms of human figures are appearing increasingly often in airports as virtual assistants. And they may also be introduced in various commercial activities, seeing as they work 24 hours a day without ever complaining. But, as Joanne McNeil inquires, what kind of empathy can these humanoids expect to establish with their users?
Supernormal is a series edited by Dan Hill. Text Joanne McNeil. Edited by Rita Capezzuto
Sharjah New art maps
Laid out along a clear and articulate path within the city, the 11th edition of the Sharjah Biennial reintroduces a focus on the relationship between lifestyle and tradition, in an Arab emirate that considers art as infrastructure for the educational system.
Text Paola Nicolin. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni
Padiglione Crepaccio: Venice Art Biennale Edition
Harking back to the origins of the Biennale, when you could buy the art on show, the Crepaccio Pavilion—which Domus is supporting with a partnership project—will sell the works of ten young artists via the yoox.com online platform, raising the profile of artists excluded from the Venetian stage. Can a pavilion-as-provocation rewrite the rules of the contemporary art system?
Conversation Maurizio Cattelan, Caroline Corbetta. Visuals Thomas Braida. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni
Twin’Z concept car. In Lovegrove with Renault
Still at the concept stage—but potentially production-ready today—the all-electric city car designed by Ross Lovegrove for Renault is a graphic-organic sculpture. The result of applying parametric processes to car design, it disposes of the superfluous to take lightness and spaciousness to the extreme.
Design Ross Lovegrove. Photos Delfino Sisto Legnani. Text Elena Sommariva
Edited by Giulia Guzzini
Edited by Guido Musante
Text Luigi Spinelli. Edited by Luigi Spinelli