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Cover: graphic interpretation of the drawing by Aldo Rossi Ricordo di Parma. Il Teatro 72, 1966-1972. Pen, watercolour on paper, 21 x 27 cm. © Eredi Aldo Rossi. Courtesy of Fondazione Aldo Rossi, Milano, FFMAAM Collezione Francesco Moschini e/and Gabriel Vaduva A.A.M. Architettura Arte Moderna
Editorial: Continuing to make Rome
It has happened before that we paused to reflect on the phenomenon of globalisation and its effects. We have deplored the fact that it refuses to come to an end, leading to a delay in the advent of a sorely needed cultural change. Yet in view of what is happening today in our now global world, it is worthwhile to devote still more thought to the matter, from an architectural point of view.
Nicola Di Battista
Domus 1000. One thousand Domus covers
The architecture of the city
After rendering homage to Robert Venturi in Domus issue 1007 for his book Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, we now turn to Aldo Rossi and his successful book from the same year, 1966. Again we asked Paolo Portoghesi to write the story, in light of the intense intellectual friendship that existed between him and the Milanese maestro. What’s more, 1966 was also the year Portoghesi’s book Roma barocca was published.
Place, time, earth, light, silence
These are the terms around which revolve Paolo Zermani’s astute architectural analyses, and they also form the basis of his university courses, meaning that in his work and in his lessons, it is possible to recognise the values of a discipline that takes its cue from elements of the landscape both real and immaterial.
School of Architecture USC (University of Southern California)
Offering a programme of studies strongly founded on professional practice, the School of Architecture at USC has for a century pursued the goal of training architects capable of creating buildings that have an impact on society and the way we live.
In the belief that “celebrating an anniversary does not just mean looking to the past, but also reflecting on the values that make us unique”, Davide and Luigi Malberti organised four “one-off” events to celebrate 60 years of Rimadesio, inviting four individuals deliberately chosen from outside the sphere of design. We asked Matteo Nucci, one of the guest speakers, to write about an aspect of the Ancient world close to his heart.
Designer Maker User
Presenting 1,000 objects from its collection, the permanent exhibition at the new Design Museum in London, a building designed by John Pawson and OMA, underlines the fundamental connection between designer, maker and user. Precisely this three-pronged link is one of the keys to understand how we shape the world and how it shapes us.
“I love Japanese Culture”
At the MAXXI in Rome, an important retrospective on Japan’s single-family houses allows us to view a different way of living, where today as in the past, the naked structure determines the space. A small, precious display called “Scarpa e il Giappone” complements the exhibition by showing the close link between the Venetian maestro Carlo Scarpa and the land of the rising sun.
Carlo Scarpa and Japan
Authoriality, authority and authenticity
A “monumental” new study of Le Corbusier and above all of the most iconic of his buildings, the Villa Savoye, might have seemed an impossible venture. But Carlo Olmo’s latest book, produced in partnership with Susanna Caccia Gherardini, rises triumphantly to the challenge. We present here a preview for our readers – a section from the introduction to the forthcoming work.
Carlo Olmo, Susanna Caccia Gherardini
Three Italian stories
Three Italian institutions with historically important cultural roles – the Triennale di Milano, the Venice Biennale and the Rome Quadriennale – are once again functional after two had been incapacitated for quite some time. We asked the well-known critic Marco De Michelis for his consideration of their renewed activity.
Marco De Michelis
Participation, before and/or after
Architecture as a collective value, and user participation as a tool for the architect’s work, are themes that Carlo Melograni has explored all throughout his career as an architect and teacher. After having written an essay for us on the former subject in Domus issue 1002, the author now analyses the question of participation.
New Central Library for the Justus-Liebig- University, Giessen, Germany
The famous rigorousness that Max Dudler applies to typological studies is combined in this project with an extraordinary spatial organisation of the interior volumes. Starting with an abstract modularity in plan, the Swiss architect invents a section where stairs and light shafts propose a new way of experiencing the library.
An aesthetic with no model
According to the sociologist Domenico De Masi, the difficulty of contemporary living lies in our tragically disoriented society that has built a new world without a precise model to inspire it like always used to happen in the past. On an aesthetic level, without a reference model, we no longer know what beauty is.
Domenico De Masi
Visual arts building, University of Iowa, USA
Ten years after its first building for the University of Iowa, this American firm designed another one, located in close proximity to the former, resulting in an arts quad. This time, the architecture follows an entirely different compositional strategy, but both complexes offer a wealth of space for educational and social interaction.
Design Steven Holl Architects. Photo Michael Moran
Conservatory and Secondary school, Coimbra, Portugal
An outlying district of Coimbra is redeemed by the presence of a building with a strong urban dimension. At the back it conforms to the site by stretching out into open courts that possess a character at once collective and domestic, obtained thanks to a small series of details and the skilful use of form and materials.
Design José Paulo dos Santos. Photo Christian Richters
Observatory and Insect museum in Poissy, France
An ambitious project on the bank of the Seine in the northwest periphery of Paris offers a modern interpretation of the 19th-century French tradition of building garden follies in large parks.
Design AWP + HHF Architects. Photo Julien Lanoo
Tiny greenhouse. Villa del Grumello, Como
This small but exemplary renovation runs countercurrent to the raze-and-rebuild trend. With great sensibility, a young architecture office from Como has preferred a small number of measured tweaks, leaving locus and materials to speak for themselves.
Design Brambilla Orsoni Architetti Associati. Photo Isabella Sassi Farìas
Great design comes from dialogue
Nomadic and curious by nature, the French designer explains her practical, technical and experimental approach to design, which has always pushed her to go beyond customary production methods, inventing apparently simple, elegant solutions to complex problems. She prefers Sweden and Italy, which, she says, “professionally speaking, has given her everything”, to her own country. Both share a great culture of design and a respect for the work of the designer.
Text Inga Sempé. Portrait Marion Leflour
Family tomb, Piverone, Ivrea
In this latest work, the artist continues to pursue an “architectural” approach, transforming an existing construction into a new and unusual space where the construction features – floor, walls, door, skylight, iron rods, concrete and glass – become art.
Text Alfredo Pirri. Photo Andrea Martiradonna
Making room for new beginnings
Text Stefano Velotti
Antonello Sanna's Cagliari
Text Antonello Sanna
Elzeviro: Re-inhabiting the land
Inhabiting inland areas requires ability, vision and investment. We must develop a vision based on the demographics, new knowledge economies, geographies redrawn by digital connections and great landscape intelligence.
Pier Luigi Sacco
Edited by Centro Studi