This issue of Domus is dedicated to the themes of “Protection and identity”. David Chipperfield reminds in his editorial that it is in our nature to cherish objects buildings and places. The guest editor explains, “What we have inherited needs to be understood and cared for not only as a record of history. But as a fragile ecology of our built and natural world.”
In the section Agenda, this month we consider attitudes towards the protection of heritage. Robert Evan talks about the concept of authenticity in the digital age; Thomas Will looking at recent projects in Germany analyzes the heritage as an environmental and social resource; Vittorio Magnano Lampugnani reaffirms the need for maintenance and renewal strategies. David Chipperfiled meets the architect Francis Kéré to discuss about his social commitment, while Mariam Kamara presents the projects by Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo and Samira Rathon Design Associates. The Grand project of the month is the LocHal library in Tilburg.
In the section Design and Art Jasper Morrison and Francesca Picchi present the objects designed by Axel Einar Hjorth, born as sports cabin’s furniture. The artist and sculptor Do Ho Suh illustrates his natural size rooms made in fabric.
Alberto Ponis reveals the drawings for the Palau Yatch Club Path. Mariana Popescu, Tom Van Mele and Philippe Block write about concrete from the masters to digital fabrication. Alex Hochuli observes the pedestrianisation of the raised Minhocão highway in São Paulo, while nearly in contraposition Hisham Matar analyze the public space of Siena.
With the magazine is attached the supplement 50 best architecture firms 2020, following the 100+ best architecture firms 2019 published last year. A scientific comitee guided by Vittorio Magnano Lampugnani selected this year’s 50 best young architecture practices whose work is driven buy sustainable principles and whose buildings have had a deep positive impact on the enviromnent they are set.