Remember Jannis Kounellis with a recent interview, where we are treated to an indomitable and potent cavalcade by one of the most prominent figures in contemporary art, who has always given priority to ethical and civil commitment over his work.
In this issue
Domus 998On the cover: graphic processing of a part of the study sketch for the Pietà Room by Adolfo Natalini for his design of the Grande Museo del Duomo in Florence © Adolfo Natalini
Editorial: What future for Italian architectureTwo recent exhibitions have drawn attention to Italian architecture in the second half of the past century: one at the MAXXI in Rome, and the other at the Milan Triennale. In Rome the process leading up to the institution of a national museum of architecture has reached its conclusion, with the opening of a permanent exhibition of material from its collections. In Milan the exhibition “Comunità Italia” illustrates Italian architecture from 1945 to 2000.
Twenty-three ways to be the other architectCivil commitment has always inspired architects to tackle issues involving the contents of their craft, sometimes pushing them beyond its boundaries. This is the subject of a lengthy study that has led to a substantial catalogue and an exhibition currently underway in Montreal, a preview of which we publish here form he was.
The difficult craft of the architectA conviction that architecture is entirely a matter of form and content is the basis of Beate Hølmebakk’s teaching at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Ideation, narration, context and form are the underlying theoretical principles of her curriculum, which aims to train future architects without jeopardising their individuality.
Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidade de São PauloBy combining urban planning with architectural design, the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in São Paulo aims to shape interdisciplinary professionals able to tackle the requirements of architecture, urbanism and design. In its educational programme, practice and theory are not considered alternatively, but as the necessary building blocks of good training.
General – PractitionerThe think-tank that Renzo Piano set up in the space reserved for him as a senator for life is all contained in a single room occupied by a large round table and plain wooden panels leant against the walls. Here, working with young architects, he examines the suburbs of Italy with the idea of redeeming them from their real or imagined negativity and turning them into a positive motor of growth.
My magazinesExponents of architectural culture in Italy have always used the magazine as a powerful means of developing and expressing their ideas regarding the discipline. The medium alternately embodied trends, avant-garde movements, counterculture and partisan ideas – not by illustrating design but by giving
it a backdrop. With this vivid chronicle by Alessandro Mendini, Domus embarks on a path leading to more firsthand accounts, to appreciate how a number
of maestri and protagonists worked with this concept.
With a steady hand and a confident heartAn exhibition and book by Silvana Annicchiarico give
attention to the extraordinary socio-ethno-anthropological exploration by an emblematic and international, yet little-known ceramicist, who in her exchange with local artisans and traditions has developed a contemporary new visual language.