The makers and Italian design tradition

Maker Faire’s second edition, that will be opening tomorrow in Rome, offers a chance to reflect on responsibilities and opportunities of the makers movement grafted onto our Italian tradition.


Design / Chiara Alessi

Unesco is not ISIS

With a provocative title Michiel van Iersel responds to Marco D'Eramo's op-ed "Urbanicide in all good faith" on the effects on cities inscribed in Unesco Heritage World Sites.


Architecture / Michiel van Iersel

Urbanicide in all good faith

A serial killer of cities is wandering about the planet. Its name is UNESCO, and its lethal weapon is the label “World Heritage”, with which it drains the lifeblood from glorious villages and ancient
metropolises, embalming them in a brand-name time warp.


Op-ed / Marco D’Eramo

Does architecture criticism matter?

Criticism may seem somewhat irrelevant to any talk about “starchitecture”, however architecture critics might ever so gradually help to form and reform the public opinion.


Op-ed / Joseph Rykwert

Inhabiting mediated space

By paying attention to shifting models of mediated space at the beginning of the 21st century, architects might learn from media studies some new ways to consider how mediation impacts the way we live now.


Op-ed / Richard Grusin

An art of living

Florian Beigel and Philip Christou of the Architectural Research Unit describe their ideas on architecture that inform their projects: from the relationship with history to the bond with the city.


Op-ed / Florian Beigel, Philip Christou

The artistic production of shared spaces

"Placemaking" marched into the glossary of expressions linked to public art before stretching its boundaries to northern-European artistic practice and subsequently the so-called Global South.


Op-ed / Giusy Checola

Deconstruction of a modern myth

In conjunction with an exhibition at the Palais d'Iéna on Auguste Perret’s work we publish thoughts on the French master’s contribution to theory and design.


Op-ed / Elisa Poli

A way of creating value

Thoughts on the relationship between design and industry, where the balance between ethics and market represents one of biggest current and future challenges, from Europe to the rest of the world.


Design / Stefano Marzano

Re-Using the Abandoned Landscape

An emerging Italian network brings together expertise and proposals that go beyond the specific architecture, to reuse the enormous wealth of abandoned buildings from recurring tools and the involvement of local communities.


Op-ed / Rossella Ferorelli, Alessandro Cariello

In memoriam

Dismantling the pavilion designed by Toyo Ito after more than seven years of long political debate,  Bruges continues to question the meaningfulness of contemporary architecture in historical urban centres. And the result is a step backwards in time.


Op-ed / Matthias Van Rossen

Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox?

The conference “Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox?” held at the Yale School of Architecture, introduced a series of panels to unpack some of the seeming contradictions in displaying architecture and to explore new forays for curatorial agency.


Op-ed / Simon Pennec