Current Issue: Domus 990

In this issue

Antony Gormley, <i>Human</i>, Forte di Belvedere, Firenze. Photo Pietro Savorelli. Courtesy Galleria Continua and White Cube. © the Artist

Antony Gormley: Human

Over one hundred works by Antony Gormley occupy the Forte Belvedere in Florence, catalysing “the inherent masses, constrictions and panoramas that the site affords”.

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Drawing based on a design sketch by Herzog & de Meuron for Miu Miu, Aoyama, Tokyo.
© Herzog & de Meuron

Editorial: An appeal to young people

Surely the real issue of our times is that of being young. It is an issue that hangs over and conditions all the others.
In our March editorial we considered what we have defined as the “middle generation”. Identified with those who more than all the others have paid dearly for the crisis of recent years, they are nonetheless entrusted with the very important historical task of passing down to the younger generations the heritage of knowledge and competence of which they are the sole creators and precious guardians.

Antony Gormley: Human

In anticipation of the major exhibition of work by the British sculptor that Florence is hosting in the coming months, the philosopher Stefano Velotti reflects upon the central theme of Antony Gormley’s work, the human figure, and the experience of its representation.

Rationality and intuition

According to Francesco Cellini, the practice of architectural design must be rooted in two seemingly antithetical cornerstones: rationality and intuition, upon which he has based his university teachings. He proposes that students follow a logical and active process in the search for constructional coherence.

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture

Founded one century ago under the guidance of Ivan Vurnik, and having spiritual fathers of such exceptional talent as Jože Pležnik and Edvard
Ravnikar, the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana has always made professional practice the heart of its curriculum, uniting technical design aspects with artistic and aesthetic ones, and modernity with tradition.

Beauty as unfinished business

The Anglo-American duo Industrial Facility takes on the complex and elusive subject of defining the parameters of beauty for an industrial object.
An essay and an exhibition they made for the Saint-Étienne International Design Biennial define imperfection, context and tension as key elements in
their survey of contemporary design.

Gianfranco Ferré. The blouse as architecture for the body

His studies of the white blouse – the subject of a current travelling exhibition – represent Gianfranco Ferré’s extraordinary exploration of the link between clothing and architecture. By analysing the constructional elements of this garment and
modifying every one of them, the fashion designer obtained new pieces that nonetheless remain true to its original nature.

The dystopian epic of household appliances

After two highly theoretical exhibitions, the eighth event at the Triennale Design Museum, given a sneak preview here by its director Silvana Annicchiarico, signals a return to a narrative calling. It tells the (dystopian) epic of household appliances in their mutation from mechanical devices to increasingly independent machines.

The kitchen, a place of passion

Shigeru Ban: Architecture for emergencies

The design of temporary structures is a cornerstone of Shigeru Ban’s work, and with his students he has applied his idea of home-made constructions in diverse contexts. His handson teaching method and the group of volunteer architecture undergraduates he has created make the Japanese master a
virtuous example of contemporary design practice.

Gaetano Cima: A lesson in architecture

The quest to construct a piece of civic architecture,
a municipal hospital, based on the latest technical
developments in the second half of the nineteenth century led Gaetano Cima to design a unique building for the Ospedale Civile in Cagliari by studying and resolving numerous complex problems in a surprisingly original way.

“This is a list”

After a large 2006 exhibition of models of their work made in big sizes and in different materials, the Portuguese architects Aires Mateus have made a new display of their designs. This time, the models are all on the same scale, made in wood and painted white, to form their full corpus of projects. The result is an extraordinary inventory destined to expand over time.

New administrative centre in Deinze, Belgium

In his design for a public building created to be directly legible by citizens, politicians and functionaries, the British architect Fretton puts into practice his perspective on making architecture. He aims for social relevance, while aspiring to express ideas with the freedom of the visual arts.

Construction ceramics

Interested more in the constructional potential of ceramics than in its decorative side, Perry King and Santiago Miranda have spent two years developing a perforated tile that is used to build interior partitioning walls permeable to light.

Miu Miu, Aoyama, Tokyo

More like a home than a department store, more hidden than open, more understated than extravagant, more opaque than transparent, the new Miu Miu store seems to overthrow all the established rules of commercial communications. Across the street from the Prada Epicenter, the Swiss architecture firm has created a small gem made of traditional materials married in a very innovative way.

The architecture of dialogue

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

For the first museum in North America devoted to
Islamic art and culture, the Japanese master Maki
proposes strong geometry, harnessed in such a
way as to celebrate light in all its meanings.

Casa Scalesciani, Costa Paradiso, Sardinia

Throughout his prolific career as an architect, Alberto Ponis has continuously displayed extraordinary skill in reading the ruggedness of the natural sites where he has built, making them become one with the houses he designed. Here we present a project of his from
the 1970s, a masterful illustration of this modus operandi.

Alberto Ponis

Youthful stories

We asked ten masters of contemporary design to tell Domus about when they were in their twenties.
Speaking of their youthful years, they bring us on a voyage into the extraordinary world that is typical of this age, made up of apprehension and dreams, discovery and disappointment, adventure and hope. Although all their tales are different, together they tell a single big story of what it’s like to start out, back then and now.

Twenty years later

Start by designing the yarn

The Dutch designer Jongerius gives Domus a preview
of her new manifesto for design, where the relation
between object and user is key. She starts with
the material to be used, and close attention to detail.
Often, she says, the hands come up with solutions
that the head cannot imagine in advance.

Rassegna: Furniture

Feedback: Amerigo Restucci’s Matera

Elzeviro: Information and noise

We stand at the beginning of a new revolution. The “Internet of things” is turning cities into intelligent entities capable of generating elaborating, and using information by themselves. What will be the relationship between the city and humans in the
world of smart cities?