Current Issue: Domus 971


18 June 2013, Rimini: Stefano
Paganelli, a scuba diver from
Dive Planet in Rimini, prepares
to dive to photograph the
remains of the Isola delle Rose
(Rose Island), at about 11 km
from the Italian coast. A manmade
platform built between
1965 and 1966 by Giorgio
Rosa, it was demolished in
1969 after proclaiming itself
an independent state in 1968.

Shipping forecast

The Italian Institute of Culture, Stockholm

Melania Coghe, Luigi Spinelli.


A report from Gezi Park

A report on the protests in Gezi Park, and the thoughts of Turkish sociologist Pelin Tan on the collective power exercised in the urban space.

Solo House

The Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen have built a monolithic and transparent holiday home in the Aragonese countryside of La Franja, Spain.

Technology is our modernity

Our time enthusiastically embraces technology almost as if it were a religion, safeguarding us from the risk of social alienation. But for a possibility of real change, says Kazys Varnelis, we must see past the veils of network culture.

Google Glass

The expert in art and technology Hannah Gregory introduces us to the world of Google Glass, reflecting on the augmented vision enabled by this eyewear and the implications for our surveillance societie.

Portugal: micro-scale interventions

In these times of crisis, several young Portuguese practices are searching for an alternative approach, using architecture to fight for a social cause.

DEFCAD: information’s weapon

Domus meets Cody Wilson, the law student who designed the first 3D-printed pistol, to discuss the effects of the transformation in technology and information.

Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium

Bjarke Ingels returns to the school where he studied from 16 to 19 years old to design a new gymnasium: an artificial hill that doubles as a public square on the outside.

The 1993 bombings

A reflection on the cultural consequences of the terrorist attacks that occurred in Italy during the summer of 1993, and the significance of efforts to reconstruct the damaged national artistic heritage.


With the OpenDesk project by 00:/, micro-factories are appearing on high streets with a “freemium” model of digital manufacturin.

Design, politics and the new rhetoric

A perceptive analysis by Justin McGuirk shows how design’s idealistic and inherently liberal terminology is today used to carry forward ultra-conservative agendas.

The Housing Act

Inspired by a real-life raffle organised in the microstate of Andorra by the owners of an apartment who want to redeem their mortgage, The Housing Act highlights the paradoxical concepts of a contemporary architecture intricately dependent on a global system.

Inujima Art House Project

Inujima is a small island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. Since 2010 it has been home to the Setouchi Triennale: a festival of art and architecture that seeks to revitalise the local economy by means of an enlightened initiative.

Environmental Communications

From the late 1960s to the early 1980s, the Environmental Communications collective based in Venice, California, pioneered one of the first visual interpretations of the contemporary city’s transformation, compiling a systematic and detailed photographic taxonomy of Los Angeles and its surrounding are.

On architecture magazines

Italian architecture magazines will survive the current publishing crisis thanks to their historical role as a hotbed of democratic debate and a melting pot for different fields of expertise, maintains Fabrizio Gallanti.