A conversation with the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism for the launch of the renewed Domus website.
It seems that now we are unwittingly fishing out of the historic pond, be it modern or retro. Could the existing not be the instigator or catalyst of the new? Can it trigger new relationships, intensifying our subjective experience of space?
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, it is easy to see the physical damage the storm caused. Images of flooded highways, wind-battered beach houses, and debris depict a clear narrative: we have a serious problem. What is more poignant and much more difficult to capture is the deep emotional change that is happening in communities that have consistently been impacted by these massive weather events. Each storm is a dangerous reminder that the shelters we build for ourselves are not as strong as we think they are, and that agencies that are meant to protect us may not be doing so by allowing us to live so close to water.
“Climate gentrification” homes the vulnerable in the eye of the storm
States of Design 11: Handmade Design, March 2012
In the past 20 years, handcrafts have returned with growing force to animate the theoretical debate surrounding design, in step with the changing state of the world and its markets. Retracing the developments of crafts and artefacts can help us understand a key issue of contemporary design and culture.
States of Design 10: Social Design, February 2012
Motivated by an ideal of equality, the dedication with which architects and designers strive to achieve even small improvements in living conditions opens up new perspectives for design, politics and the management of public and private sectors.
States of Design 09: Green Design, January 2012
A new breed of designers is finding ways to combine ideological commitments with life's pleasures, revealing an untapped realm of opportunity between greenness and gratification.
Leading American universities are witnessing an accelerated transfer of teaching from the actual physical campus to online platforms. In the future, responsibility for learning will in fact be switched from teacher to student, paving the way towards a new architecture of education.
COP 21 in Paris ended in a positive agreement, more for recognising the climate change problem than for its immediate effect but since many years city networks are working in the right direction. Even in contrast with central government policies and private interests.
"Placemaking" marched into the glossary of expressions linked to public art before stretching its boundaries to northern-European artistic practice and subsequently the so-called Global South.
Shouldn't a state project — the National Library of Israel — be by and for its citizens and subjects? Should it not include and serve the Palestinians in Israel and those Palestinians incarcerated only a few kilometres away and barred by the wall from accessing the building?