Pavilion no. 15

More explicitly than ever before, the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano declares that it is intended for a far broader public than architecture experts alone, seeking to capture the spirit of its times, when the public also becomes the client.


Architecture / Francesco Zuddas

The custodian’s vestibule

The custodian’s vestibule

Still able to determine a building’s character and status, the custodian’s vestibule is a precious trace of a society drifting toward disappearance. Here we propose a reflection on this type of space, a fundamental place of mediation between the public and private spheres.


Architecture / Manolo De Giorgi

Design after design

With XX1T, planned for 2016, Milan Triennale  – re-embracing its central role in the cultural debate – provokingly puts forward the suggestion of including the Expo 2015 sites on the exhibition route.


Design / Raffaella Poletti

Local Remodeling

Public art in China is “the unification of the imagination and reality, of each different side”. Based on the Chinese orientation towards “Real Life”, it is seen as an opportunity for citizens to experiment directly with the artisticness and beauty of life.


Art / Giusy Checola

Fulton Center

Although Fulton Center station eases a lot of commuter pain and presents the city of New York with a grand new standard in subway station design, it seems that the station needs more time to grow into its superlatives.


Architecture / Jordan Hruska

Reconstructing a civil attitude

Reconstructing the Teatro Continuo today is not just making up for the harm done or paying homage on the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. It is also like reconstructing a piece of Milan’s cityscape, a previously missing part of a story.


Op-ed / Giacomo Pirazzoli

Disaster Postcards

Through a series of postcards of the Sixities and Seventies describing the, then, Genoa's new buildings – similar to other European cities –, Daniele Belleri analyses the re-occurring floods on the Italian coastal city and the physical fragility of our cities and culture.


Architecture / Daniele Belleri

Social media architecture

The MoMa PS1 Young Architects Program has become systemically lost form its core mission becoming more of a platform for education about sustainable building practices than the facilitator for the music, architecture, and exhibition program.


Architecture / Matt Shaw

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