The project for a holiday house in the country of Franja de Aragón, Spain, of the Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen is both monolithic and transparent.
It is indeed unfortunate that human society should encounter such burning problems just when it has become materially impossible to make heard the least objection to the language of the commodity; just when power – quite rightly because it is shielded by the spectacle from any response to its piecemeal and delirious decisions and justifications – believes that it no longer needs to think; and indeed can no longer think.
Towards an Agonistic Architecture
Malick Sidibé and the sweet life in Bamako, November 2017
At the Fondation Cartier in Paris, the retrospective of the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé engrosses visitors with his quest to capture a rare vitality. Despite the lightness of his images and delightful subjects, his photos reveal the failure of a country’s dream of equality.
Days are Dogs: Camille Henrot at the Palais de Tokyo, October 2017
Following Jeremy Deller, Philippe Parreno, Ugo Rondinone and Tino Sehgal, now it's up to French artist Camille Henrot to use the vast spaces of Paris's Palais de Tokyo to install a show of her own works as well as others by artists close to her poetic. But the number of previous installations and already-seen films seems to indicate a retrospective show rather than a carte blanche curatorial effort.
Dioramas in Paris, July 2017
At Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the exhibition “Dioramas” – from the beginnning in the XVIII century to the contemporary artists’ ones – draws the history of one of the most fascinating viewing apparatus.
Designed by Yasmeen Lari, a multi-award-winning Pakistani architect, the clay stoves and kitchens made by the women who use them are hygienic and safe and have become the spaces that finally place women on “higher ground”.
The same idea of sustainable design is shared by Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh and Tsuyoshi Tane, as demonstrated by their latest projects: from the Estonian National Museum to a new design for Paris.
Today's ever-larger and more complex roller-coasters are sophisticated architectures, designed to let people experience and overcome extreme sensations. Also, under the pretext of a craving for amusement, they enable a virtual desecration and demystification of the malaise of metropolitan life.
A conversation with the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism for the launch of the renewed Domus website.
A serial killer of cities is wandering about the planet. Its name is UNESCO, and its lethal weapon is the label “World Heritage”, with which it drains the lifeblood from glorious villages and ancient metropolises, embalming them in a brand-name time warp.