This month Domus 1029

Herzog & de Meuron, Mecanoo architecten, MVRDV, Assemble, Mario Trimarchi, ECAL, Restart

Domus 1029

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Illustration by The Blue Chemist

Domus 1029

Cover illustration: The Blue Chemist

Archeology. Speckle noise, the artificial effect produced by the projection of a beam of light on certain surfaces. © Factum Arte


Chaos: the order in noise
“Where eldest Night
And Chaos, ancestors of Nature, hold Eternal anarchy amidst the noise.” John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667-1674. Edited by Adam Lowe & Charlotte Skene Catling

Portfolio. Monument to the Fighters Fallen in the People’s Liberation Struggle, 1965, Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia


Valentin Jeck, Back to the future

For the exhibition “Concrete Utopia” at the MoMA, New York, the Swiss photographer Valentin Jeck was commissioned to document the socialist regime’s architecture

Anthropology. Alejandro Guijarro, Cambridge III, 2012. C-type print, 101 x 100 cm. Edition of 5. Courtesy of Tristan Hoare Gallery


Mathemathics can seduce
Mathematics is closer to grammar than to science; hence, rather like grammar, it deals with feelings. Text by Chiara Valerio

Studio Visit. SO-IL in New York City. Photo Andrea Caputo

Studio visit

Visiting the creative chaos of a New York office run by Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu and Ilias Papageorgiou, where what matters most is an ability to have shared experiences. Presented by Andrea Caputo

Economy. PUTPUT introduce jarring elements into their designs


Work spaces and serendipity
An orderly workplace seems productive and professional but It is the messy, chaotic places where people take control that are truly creative. Text by Tim Harford

Institution. Frieze Academy. Photo Graham Carlow


The creative capital of contemporary art fairs
From an academy to urban regeneration, modern and contemporary art fairs are increasingly acting as production systems and cultural capital vehicles. How much is a lesson worth? Presented by Paola Nicolin

Archive. Gordon Pask (draughtsman), collage of sketches for Kawasaki project, 1986 or 1987. Collage on board, 64x85cm. Cedric Price fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, ©CCA


The thoughts of a city
In 1986 Cedric Price and Gordon Pask presented an urban regeneration project based on a widespread communication network. Presented by the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Cara Domus. Courtesy of Stanford University Libraries

Cara Domus

Federica Cevasco
Dear Domus, I have a moral problem. Can one (aesthetically speaking) love the guillotine?

Essay. Cliff McReynolds, Landscape with Hand Grenade, 1972. Oil on masonite, 63.5 x 66.04 cm


Telmo Pievani. The creativity of chaos
In contingency, partially tamed chaos reveals all its creativity, showing us how far the real is a subset of the possible

MDL. Illustration by Guido Scarabottolo


The design of objects and buildings is subject to the universal and irrevocable law of probability

Conversation. Doob’s 3D printed replicas of BIG’s studio members. Photo Lele Saveri


Bjarke Ingels & Carlotta de Bevilacqua. Design means giving shape to life
Light – used as an immaterial alphabet – science, art and life are interwoven in a conversation between the Danish architect and Artemide’s vice-president and CEO

Architecture. Herzog & de Neuron, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts, Hong Kong, 2018. Photo Iwan Baan


Herzog & de Meuron, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts, Hong Kong
After many variations and a long development period, the cultural centre has emerged as an imposing presence despite its highly chaotic surroundings. Text Daan Roggeveen

Architecture. Mecanoo architecten, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Kaohsiung ,Taiwan, 2018. Photo Ethan Lee


Mecanoo architecten, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Kaohsiung, Taiwan
With the latest project completed by the Dutch studio, Taiwan’s creative industry receives new stimulus for growth. Text Rita Capezzuto

Urban plan. Urban plan for Oosterwold Almere, The Netherlands, 2011-ongoing

Urban plan

MVRDV, Urban plan for Oosterwold, Almere, The Netherlands
In contemporary Dutch culture, complex articulations are referring the concept of naturalness. Text Winy Maas

Architecture. Assemble, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, 2018


Assemble, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London
On Goldsmiths University campus, a new public art gallery adds an important element of cultural and social regeneration to the south London area. Text Michele De Lucchi

For and against. Grafton Architects, Objects are our world?. Photo © Alice Clancy, Grafton Architects

For and against

Grafton Architects. Objects are our world?
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara respond to the editor’s invitation to reflect on his theoretical position expressed in Domus in recent months

For and against. Bas Princen, photo of the side apse of the crossing of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan by Donato Bramante

For and against

Pier Paolo Tamburelli. Architecture is space
Imagining an architecture built around gestures that are not controlled or psychoanalysed, but only accepted

Design. Drawings Mario Trimarchi


Maths helps explain design
Good mathematicians are the ones who invent a new problem, not those who do the calculations. Text and drawings by Mario Trimarchi

Design. Courtesy of Christophe Guberan + MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab


Research and organised confusion
ECAL is a place of calm chaos. They accept design challenges. Then they find solutions, often generated more by pragmatism and irony than the strict application of a method. Text Davide Fornari

Design. Image from the Restart Collection 2018 catalogue


Dealing with the unexpected
Two professionals sit down to talk about companies, values and passions.
The first is the founder of Restart, and the second is the former CEO of PoltronaFrau, Charme Group and currently president of Tecno and Zanotta

Best of. Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture at Bizzell

Best of

“The countryside is the most contested and emotive field, not least in the new forms of immigration required by new systems in the countryside”. Rem Koolhaas

Cinema. Still from Annika Larsson’s film The Discourse of the Drinkers (2017)


The chaos of millions of identities on a fragile continent
Annika Larsson’s film is a slow and orchestrated dance of seemingly chaotic lives woven to create an exciting narrative that keeps you glued to the screen. Text by Piero Golia

Meteo. Thermographic image from the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice


The chaos of millions of identities on a fragile continent
Annika Larsson’s film is a slow and orchestrated dance of seemingly chaotic lives woven to create an exciting narrative that keeps you glued to the screen. Text by Piero Golia

Travel. Las Pozas. Photo Marianna Guernieri


Las Pozas. A Surrealist sanctuary deep in the forest
Built over 25 years, Edward James’s garden in Mexico is the perfect mix of architecture and nature. Text by Marianna Guernieri

Rassegna. Artistic education program sponsored by the Campana Institute


The spontaneity of Brazilian tradition
With the Campana Institute, the two Brazilian brothers have been using design as a tool for transformation through social and educational programmes. Edited by Giulia Guzzini

Auction. Full-scale Sputnik-1 satellite model. 1955-56


On 4 October 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to successfully orbit the Earth