Domus 1040 on newsstands: “It’s up to you”

A sneak peek at Domus November issue, the last one under the guest direction of Winy Maas.

Domus 1040 is entitled “It’s up to you”. In his last editorial, Winy Maas touches climate issues and how we could face them reminding that a better future is possible “only if everybody take responsibility for it”.

The final issue of Domus guest-directed by Winy Maas shows some visions of the future, including the revalutation of food and closer ties between city and countryside: our bodies, homes, cities and landscapes are all shaped by food, and only learning to value it and harnessing its power, we can create a fair, healthy and resilient society.

“Wood is coming” introduces the development of timber structures for tall buildings as a measure to reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry. In fact, 36% of global energy consumption is attributed to construction and building use in 2017. The building industry is responsible for over a third of the total carbon emissions in the developed countries of the EU and the United States, and produces a third of the waste worldwide.

In his article – accompanied by illustrations by (ab)Normal studio – Barry Bergdoll, professor of art history in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, talks about the need for architectural research, expertise and design imagination considering the crisis situation we are living today. 

Winy Maas interviews Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, thinking about how the city can be made denser and friendlier. The mayor says that the diversity and many nationalities of the city are a “capital” and a “wealth”. Among the topics, the population growth in Rotterdam and thousands of housing units to be added to improve the city.

With the magazine, the supplement Contract. The Production scene, “outlines the limits and ambits of a word – contract – that is losing its clarity and focus”, as editorial director Walter Mariotti explains in his editorial. The issue explores what it is like to work in the field of contract supplies today, including an analysis of five sectors – furniture, offices, lighting, textiles and bathrooms – made by five companies: Artemide, Cappellini, Duravit, Kvadrat and UniFor.

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