Current Issue: Domus 995

Domus 995

Cover: drawing based on design sketches by Toyo Ito for Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos, Gifu, Japan. © Toyo Ito

Editorial: Now it’s up to the architects

If it is true, as we said last month, that we are at the beginning of a new season, then what is most important for us to understand is how to approach and how to take part in that season, what role we want to play in it and above all whether we want to determine it, even only partly, or be subjected to it. This thinking concerns us from at least two points of view: one that concerns every one of us as individuals, and the other collectively, due to the craft, the profession that we practise as part of a community.

Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting

The Guggenheim renders homage to this maestro from Umbria in a large retrospective that fills the magical space designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, where Burri is consecrated as one of the most important artists of the past century. Here we offer an overview of the show’s contents and of the celebratory events marking the centenary of his birth.

The Burri centenary

The school as a place of negotiating culture

The course led for over 20 years by this Flemish architect is structured as a place of exchange and discussion of a great number of subjects, with the aim to heighten the empathetic nature of architectural culture and its inclination to negotiate, without ignoring issues that lie outside the strict sphere of the professional debate.

Moholy-Nagy University of Arts And Design, Budapest

The venerable Hungarian university where László Moholy-Nagy once studied is still guided by the holistic and integrative Bauhaus approach, along with a playful and creative vision of design, while the furthering of craft traditions remains one of the key components of its formula.


The relationship that artists establish with the deposit of their memories – bundles of ordered or chaotic fragments of the past that become working instruments – is examined from this British scholar as a fundamental condition for all creative innovation.

The cosmos of Bildung

Invited to participate in the Triennale Xtra event about school-related architecture, Renato Rizzi’s project for the ideal classroom is based on the form and concept of Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome for the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence, which he sees as embodying the “absolute ideal”.

Architecture and concrete art

Artek is celebrating its 80th anniversary by remaking two archive pieces – both fruit of Alvar Aalto’s integrative artistic vision when he founded the historic company. In an excellent article written especially for Domus under Ernesto Nathan Rogers in 1947 and reprinted here for our readers, the Finnish master speaks of the principles of his work.

Type and design

The development of two round tables with a central base led to the creation of two completely different products for furniture makers far apart in terms of background and character. It was an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the archetype and on the theory and practice of ways to interpret it.

Making Africa

Avoiding a documentary or quasi-ethnological point of view, the exhibition “Making Africa” illustrates how design is playing its part in devising and steering the change of an entire continent, and how African design is poised to become a reference point.

Giotto, l’Italia

A large exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan reunites for the first time none less than 13 signed works by Giotto, one of the greatest Italian artists that ever lived. For the readers of Domus, one of the show’s curators gives an overview of the contents of this exceptional display, to which we have added the extraordinary literary and pictorial contribution that Enzo Cucchi dedicated some time ago to the Tuscan master.

Winery in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil

With his design for a winery in Brazil, Angelo Bucci takes on the tricky challenge of relating viticulture to architectural construction by offering a virtuous example of dialogue with the project’s indirect interlocutors: history, building traditions and genius loci.

The city of software

A 3D representation method developed in a research group led by Michele Lanza offers the opportunity to visualise the complex system of software programmes as if they were cities, making it an innovative tool to visualise applications that are otherwise incomprehensible, and paving the way for its use in fields such as urbanism and architecture.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Gorky Park, Moscow

In this recently completed overhaul, OMA reinterprets a sober public venue, derelict for years and built from prefabricated Soviet-era construction elements, along the lines of a new spatial concept suited to the needs of a lively museum that promotes contemporary artistic culture.

Minna No Mori Gifu Media Cosmos, Gifu, Japan

Recently opened, the library designed by Toyo Ito is an example of the mastery of this Japanese architect in creating spaces that are at once grandiose and familiar, where people are always the main focus of the project.

Housing development, Göttingen, Germany

Through the meticulous composition of layouts and types of dwellings, Sergio Pascolo has succeeded in creating a social housing development with a strong urban character in a peripheral area of Göttingen.

House in the Ajuda District of Lisbon

Behind the formal simplicity of its facades, the new house designed by the brothers Aires Mateus for an ordinary urban lot in Lisbon reveals bold experimentation in the shape of its interiors, all of which revolve around a large void that runs vertically through the building.

A question of empathy

Cassina’s new art director tells Domus about herself and describes the characteristics of her approach to design that have made her an international reference point in this field. Curiosity, obsession and the observation of everything that surrounds us are the main tools of her trade.

Painting with light

Dialogue with the built space is the main objective of this British artist, who is exploring the potential of leaded glass to react with light and modify the architectural aspect of the Gagosian Gallery in Rome by means of a site-specific installation.

Rassegna: Finishes

Feedback: Tadao Ando's Osaka

Elzeviro: Space, place, recursiveness

In American philosophy departments, Aristotle’s thinking is back in vogue, the man according to whom “being is said in many ways”. The reason for this return is because being is space, and the ways we say it today are increasingly only places, which are its opposite.