Plato said that the beginning is the most important part of the work: and this is even more true if we think of the start of the new year as a starting point not only in the calendar but above all in real life, to pursue personal and collective improvement with confidence and through concrete actions.And concreteness is the “dough” that architecture is made of, a craft that gives shape to dreams by transforming them into built works: in the best sense of the term, for the benefit of the individuals who use them and society at large.
2022 sees many challenges in the field to which 20 of the greatest architects on the planet are responding with enthusiasm and incisiveness: reduction of the ecological footprint and environmental sustainability (CFMøller architects, Lina Gothmeh - Architecture, UNStudio, Boeri, Hadid, BIG, BVN/RXN), promotion of culture as a tool for integration and socio-economic innovation (BIG, Piano, Snøhetta, JKMM, OMA, Provencher_Roy, Adjaye, SANAA), urban regeneration (Nouvel, UNStudio, Kaan architecten, SO-IL).
Challenging bets with high expectations. So, in the words of Rainer Maria Rilke: “and now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been”.