10 American stories

Four Italian authors (and Ai Weiwei) in New York, the Chicago Architectue Biennial, two houses and two museums. Discover last year’s best articles about the United States, published in domusweb.

Ai Weiwei, Arch, 2017. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio/ Frahm & Frahm. Foto Jason Wyche, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

With a survey curated by Maria Cristina Didero at R & Gallery, Radical Design invades New York once again, celebrating significant design movement from the historical perspective and showing its relevance for contemporary design too.

With the oxymoronic title “Make New History”, Los Angeles-based practice Johnston Marklee, curators of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, suggest that history could once more allow architects to look to the past to inform the present: “Look back to move forward.”

More than a classic retrospective, the New York Met Breuer’s exhibition dedicated to Ettore Sottsass is an exploration into the jungle of the Italian architect and designer’s interests.

Designed by New York-based studio Taylor and Miller, the white residence in Western Massachusetts maintains a dualistic relationship with the lake against which it is nestled.

The New York gallery Hauser & Wirth has put on a solo exhibition of the work of the Italian artist Fabio Mauri. Central to it is his investigation of the mechanisms behind the ideologies that scarred the twentieth century.

Aiming to impose an order on the objects and fashions of the last 100 years, the exhibition curated by Paola Antonelli at MoMA in New York brings together 111 fundamental items, divided up scientifically by stereotype, archetype and prototype. As Veronica Santi writes, it just needs updating.

The Public Art Fund in New York City presents “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”, Ai Weiwei’s largest and most ambitious public art exhibition.

Nestled in Los Angeles hills, the Blackbirds units designed by Barbara Bestor are a proposal for quality dense housing in a city with little available land, where community and native landscape encounter.

Cover image: Ai Weiwei, Arch, 2017. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio/ Frahm & Frahm. Photo Jason Wyche, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

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