Despite their constant under-representation on the public scene, in debates, exhibitions, commissions, prizes and juries, in Italy women architects are at the forefront of those who are trying to reinvent the architectural practice in search of a new alliance between building and living-without-violence, taking care of past wounds (inflicted on the territory).
The aim of the talk "Architects of Resilience", organised on the occasion of the opening of the Italian Pavilion and curated by Marialuisa Palumbo together with RebelArchitette, was to present some of these female professionals, identifying in their design practice important acts of resilience.
We collected these "fundamental acts" into four categories of projects: the redevelopment of urban areas and spaces, the recovery of industrial landscapes, the closing of the cycles of materials, and the rewriting of forms and common signs and sharing of traces (approaches, tools).
Starting from the scale of urban and landscape, moving towards interior design, and then on to the world of design and online communication, here is an annotated list of the architects and the works we wish to draw attention to.
These architects represent a cross-section of a presence and variety of approaches and possibilities that is certainly much greater and more extensive than what we were able to recount. However, in the modus operandi of these firms it is possible to read a way of doing business, of thinking the project, the client and the way to set up a building site, that has a low ecological impact and a high social impact. Architecture here is above all a meeting place, a means of caring, of rewriting, of transformation and recovery. Aside from the question of gender, this is the heart of a new way of making space. Browse the gallery to discover all the designers.
The talk "Architects of Resilience" was held during the opening days of Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, in the Italian Pavilion, curated by Marialuisa Palumbo and RebelArchitette, introduced by Alessandro Melis and moderated by Marialuisa Palumbo, Francesca Perani, Elena Fabrizi. The architects mentioned in this article were invited as a guests.