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This issue of Domus is devoted to the open-source movement and to the activities of a number of theorists, designers, architects and inventors who embrace an entirely new, collaborative attitude towards authorship.
The range of practices operating within this philosophy is broad, from John Young and Deborah Natsios—architects and founders of a network of websites that host thousands of suppressed and classified documents that even Microsoft has failed to shut down—to the proposal to erect a monument to RoboCop in Detroit that surpassed its US $50,000 crowd-funded goal.
Plus the Soumaya Museum by Fernando Romero in Mexico City and the playground projected by Selgascano practice in Mérida, Spain, the third installment in Paola Antonelli's series dedicated to the state of design practice today, Massimiliano Gioni reflecting on the four new pavilions commissioned by Bice Curiger, curator of the Venice Biennale, and much more.


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Cover
On 16 February 2011 at Vilvoorde in Belgium, a hydraulic claw destroyed 75 counterfeits of furniture by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. They were confiscated as a result of a move by Cassina who have exclusive production rights. The fakes were requisitioned in a bar, a showroom and a warehouse for e-commerce. Photo courtesy of Cassina

Editorial
Joseph Grima

Open Source Architecture
(OSArc)

Mixtapes: London
Beatrice Galilee, Scanner + Allard Van Hoorn. Curated by Daniel Perlin

Journal
Edited by Elena Sommariva

Photoessay
Luca Casonato, Colliders

Artworld Beehive
Project by FREE/Fernando Romero. Text by Pedro Reyes. Photos Iwan Baan. Edited by Laura Bossi

Children are attentive
Projects by MiAS Architects, Tank Architectes. Texts by Ethel Baraona Pohl, Axel Sowa. Photos Julien Lanoo. Edited by Laura Bossi

Critical Playground
Project by José Selgas, Lucía Cano. Text by Pedro Gadanho. Photos Iwan Baan. Edited by Laura Bossi

Network: Architecture in Uniform
Roberto Zancan

Network: A New Hotel for Athens
Maria Cristina Didero

Open Source Design 01: The architects of information
Project by John Young, Deborah Natsios. Interview by Joseph Grima. Photos Yoo Jean Han. Edited by Rita Capezzuto

Open Source Design 02: Critical Infrastructure
Text by Geoff Manaugh. Edited by Rita Capezzuto

Open Source Design 03: RoboCop: The Monument
Texts by Nate Berg / Camilo José Vergara. Edited by Elena Sommariva

Open Source Design 04: The architecture of Facebook
Text by Alexis Madrigal. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni

Open Source Design 05: Towards an open-source ecology
Text by Geoff Manaugh. Edited by Francesca Picchi

Open Source Design 06: The Esperanto of objects
Project by Intrastructures. Text by Thomas Lommée

Kiosk 2.0
Text by Bruce Sterling. Edited by Francesca Picchi

Sonata for L'Aquila
Second movement

Project by Shigeru Ban. Graphic reportage by Vincent Filosa. Edited by Francesca Picchi

States of Design 03: Thinkering
Text by Paola Antonelli. Edited by Francesca Picchi

A letter from Venice
Text by Massimiliano Gioni. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni

Unpacking my library: Luc Sante
Text by Gianluigi Ricuperati. Photos Yoo Jean Han. Edited by Rita Capezzuto

Rassegna: Lighting
Edited by Rita Capezzuto

Panorama
Edited by Guido Musante

Horoscope: Gemini
Texts by Dan Graham, Jessica Russell. Edited by Elena Sommariva

The other Beaubourg

At first glance, the new Pompidou-Metz Centre that opened yesterday appears to be more roof than anything else, writes Beatrice Galilee.

 

Architecture / Roland Halbe

Exuberância cromática
 

Exuberância cromática

A colorful Lusitanian interior populated by large enigmatic objects, designed by Pedro Gadanho.

 

Design / Guta Moura Guedes

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Sgrafo vs. Fat Lava
 

Sgrafo vs. Fat Lava

A collection of German ceramics hovering between kitsch and bizarre on exhibition at the Galerie Kreo.

 

Design / Ivo Bonacorsi

Open Source Architecture (OSArc)

A proposition for a different approach to designing space to succeed the single-author model includes tools from disparate sources to create new paradigms for thinking and building.

 

Op-ed

Open Source Design 01: The architects of information
 

Open Source Design 01: The architects of information

The architecture of John Young and Deborah Natsios is made of information. Their portfolio: Cryptome.org, which hosts thousands of suppressed and classified documents.

 

Interviews / Joseph Grima

Open Source Design 02: WikiLeaks Guide/Critical Infrastructure
 

Open Source Design 02: WikiLeaks Guide/Critical Infrastructure

Mapping the discontinuous spatiality of the contemporary nation-state through the publication of the secret government memo listing 259 facilities around the world considered crucial to everyday life in the US.

 

Architecture / Geoff Manaugh

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