The main topic of the second issue of Domus curated by David Chipperfield is housing, described in his editorial as “fundamental to the social structure of any town or city”. He also states that “only if we seriously address the issue of housing – and specifically social housing – can we really begin to confront the dual crises of social inequality and the environment”.
In Agenda, Lynsey Hanley and Paolo Berdini write about the cases of Britain and Italy respectively, describing the changes in low-cost housing. David Chipperfiled meets the Swiss architect Peter Märkli in his studio to discuss the role of the architect, while Amin Taha, founder of the Groupwork cooperative studio in London, presents the projects by Aires Mateus, Ensamble Studio and Christian Kerez. The Grand project of the month is the Lin’an History Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio in China.
The section Design and Art introduces the most enduring and intellingent chair ever designed: the Thonet, analysed by Jasper Morrison and Francesca Picchi. Then, the work by Tobias Zielony recording the social and physical environment at Le Vele di Scampia.
Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene reflect on the chequered fortunes of ornament in architecture in the section Reflections and Senator Katrin Lompscher explains the housing policies to ensure the provision of affordable housing in Berlin.