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.
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.
Shouldn't a state project — the National Library of Israel — be by and for its citizens and subjects? Should it not include and serve the Palestinians in Israel and those Palestinians incarcerated only a few kilometres away and barred by the wall from accessing the building?
ICSplat's New Concordia Island competition, focusing on a deliberately paradoxical theme such as the Costa Concordia disaster, was a perfect catalyst for further design reflections and a sure approach not necessarily restricted to the Giglio Island context. Few Italian commentators realised this; the others got wound up in their indignation.
The renovation of Mexico City's historic centre has profoundly altered the neighbourhoods' streets and buildings, as well as their dynamic, private daily rhythms. Susana Iglesias laments the night that is now lost under the weight of the new.
The dissolution of the Netherlands Architecture Institute is incredibly short-sighted: not only will it be translated into less visibility for architecture, but also endangers the remarkable accomplishments of Dutch architecture in the past twenty-five years.
Where architectural post-modernism evoked historicist symbols with the intent of moving the profession forward, it seems that now we are unwittingly fishing out of the historic pond, be it modern or retro. Could the existing not be the instigator or catalyst of the new? Can it trigger new relationships, intensifying our subjective experience of space?
Leading American universities are witnessing an accelerated transfer of teaching from the
actual physical campus to online platforms. In the future, responsibility for learning will in fact
be switched from teacher to student, paving the way towards a new architecture of education.
The long-awaited government authority National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes bridges a gap between Italy and other European nations, in an attempt to introduce a culture of quality based on clearly defined educational and research objectives, to be ascertained and monitored by self-evaluation.
All cities in the past had been founded, then thrived and eventually declined. Some had even disappeared as will the megacities of today. We need to look to the future; but it seems that somebody has arrived here to write our urban future for us.