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Analysing the moral question of sustainability with Belgian collective Rotor, a tour of the Mediterranean, new projects by Boeri Studio, Cherubino Gambardella and MODUS, an interview with Mary Otis Stevens and more in the March issue of Domus.

Is it really sustainable? The March issue of Domus sits with Belgian collective Rotor and explores their recent "Leuven, 2012", the first in a series of projects analysing how the moral question of sustainability is lived out in contemporary production both within and beyond the realm of architecture and design. A tour of the Mediterranean ensues, visiting Boeri Studio's La Villa Méditerranée in Marseille, an invitation to reflect on the intersecting and common destinies that unite the peoples of the Mediterranean Sea.

Issue 967 surveys the imperfect beauty of a social housing complex in the northern outskirts of Naples, which after 30 years serving as temporary housing is now replaced with a new architecture by Cherubino Gambardella. In Bolzano, a mountain house by MODUS effectively merges landscape, contemporary production and vernacular tradition; and in Milan, Boeri Studio's Art Incubator is a small building that has inherited the legacy of craftsmen workshops of the past.

In the March issue, Ute Meta Bauer and Pelin Tan interview Mary Otis Stevens about the many stages in her extraordinary life. Jonathan Olivares dissects The Art Genome Project, a powerful and flexible taxonomy that is enhancing the way we access and organise all the world's art and design, and in the newest SuperNormal feature, Rory Hyde visits "Chrome Web Lab", an exhibit that presents the invisible fabric of the Internet as embodied in the world.

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This painting is one of a series of 12 by Robert Suermondt, prompted by the documentary report of Belgian collective Rotor on the eco-goals pursued by the Leuven Town Council to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030. (photo by Philippe De Gobert)

Editorial: Really sustainable?
Domus interviews Rotor

Op–Ed: Modern monsters at the Taipei Biennial
Pelin Tan

Edited by Elena Sommariva

Roland Ultra. Giovanni Hänninen

An abode for Mediterranean culture
In Marseille, an enlightened political will has championed the realisation of an architecture built for the meeting of Mediterranean civilisations. Design Boeri Studio. Text Andrea Zanderigo. Photos Paolo Rosselli. Edited by Laura Bossi

Art beacon in the Mediterranean
The open-air gallery of Mangiabarche is a conceptual exercise in contemporary art-making that proves the latent potential of the Mediterranean territory. Design Beyond Entropy. Text Vera Sacchetti. Photos Beyond Entropy, Marco Lampis. Edited by Rita Capezzuto

Peak tectonics
A mountain house, which includes its owner's atelier, proposes a daring but successful symbiosis between landscape, contemporary production and the vernacular tradition of Trentino-Alto Adige. Design MODUS architects. Text Luciano Bolzoni. Photos Niccolò Morgan Gandolfi. Edited by Laura Bossi

Cultural condenser
A small building has inherited the legacy of the former Craftmen's Stecca workshops. The Art Incubator is a space for everyone, in the heart of the city's future tertiary districtDesign Boeri Studio. Text Andrea Zanderigo. Photos Paolo Rosselli. Edited by Laura Bossi

Imperfect beauty
Vitaliano Trevisan gives his impression of how the temporal dimension of a building's life needs integrating into the design process. Design Cherubino Gambardella. Text Vitaliano Trevisan. Photos Niccolò Morgan Gandolfi. Edited by Laura Bossi

Retooling history
Artsy, the online information platform, has created The Art Genome Project, a powerful and flexible taxonomy that is enhancing the way we access and organise all the world's art and design. Text Jonathan Olivares. Photos Yoo Jean Han. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni

Autonomy by design
Two new sets of furniture demonstrate design's potential to empower communities through self-production. Projects Alvaro Catalán de Ocón, Francesco Faccin. Text Loredana Mascheroni. Photos Filippo Romano, Studio Alvaro Catalán de Ocón. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni

Under the bonnet of the Internet
"Chrome Web Lab", an interactive exhibit at the London Science Museum, presents the invisible fabric of the Internet as embodied in the world. Text Rory Hyde. Edited by Rita Capezzuto

14 must per una Fuller Domus Academy
The vision, ambition and plans for the new Domus Academy—part of the LIU group—as explained by its new dean Gianluigi Ricuperati. Texts Gianluigi Ricuperati, Italo Rota. Photos Delfino Sisto Legnani. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni

Network: International Space Orchestra
With the help of Bruce Sterling and Damon Albarn, experience designer Nelly Ben Hayoun has assembled an orchestra from a group of NASA scientists. Text Nicola Bozzi

Mary Otis Stevens. The flux of human life
One of few women architects in America during the '60s and '70s Mary Otis Stevens tells Domus about the stages in her extraordinary life: the revolutionary Lincoln House, the years at MIT, the founding of i press series and its series on the human environment, and her more recent civil and cultural endeavours. Texts Pelin Tan, Ute Meta Bauer. Photos Yoo Jean Han. Edited by Elena Sommariva

The broken city
Francesca Recchia uncovers the traces of a conflict which, after centuries of peaceful coexistence, has profoundly transformed the architectural and urban identity of Srinagar, in Kashmir. Text Francesca Recchia. Photos George Kurian. Illustrations Malik Sajad. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni

Office. Edited by Giulia Guzzini

Edited by Guido Musante

Cold Case
Metropolitana Milanese. Texts Luigi Spinelli, Pierfranco Galliani. Edited by Luigi Spinelli

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