AREA 135 / GRAFTS

AREA 135 / GRAFTS

Grafts, a Central Issue in the Contemporary Debate If we attempt an interpolation on a cultural level between the general theme of the Fourteenth International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial proposed by Rem Koolhaas, “Fundamentals”, and the title chosen by the curator of the Italian Pavilion, Cino Zucchi, i.e. “Innesti / Grafting”, the result […]

AREA 134 / CLIENTS

AREA 134 / CLIENTS

The value of the client With a metaphor that is as complex as it is contradictory, one often compares the architect, even if the noun is masculine in Italy, to the mother and the client or rather clients, which is a female noun in our language, to the father of any work of architecture or […]

AREA 133+ / WELLNESS
AREA 133 / CHILE

AREA 133 / CHILE

From the Apennines to the Andes The international of urban iconography, including the deceptive results of show-business architecture, seems to abandon the futility of eye-catching stunts in favour of more concrete issues that are more closely related to the problems of living and the environmental and cultural difficulties which should, without further delays, characterize all […]

AREA 132 / EXHIBITION

AREA 132 / EXHIBITION

To display, exhibit and transmit information in the Internet Age   The web, digital information, the sometimes all too intrusive presence of social networks and today’s communication systems in general have changed radically over the last twenty years; this calls for an attentive reflection on the use of traditional means of conveying knowledge as for […]

AREA 131 / FUKSAS

AREA 131 / FUKSAS

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas: the power of imagination The Shenzhen Airport, the first major work designed and built by the Fuksas firm in China, has only just been opened as I venture on my critical reflection on a work and a career which has by now proven to be not only cosmopolitan and transversal, but […]

AREA 130 / GATHERING PLACES

AREA 130 / GATHERING PLACES

Architectural typology vs. behavioural typology From a scholarly standpoint, we habitually classify buildings and architectures on the basis of their use, or on the basis of the specific features and particular elements that derive from the purpose for which they are built. We recognize and distinguish them by type, activity, layout, and we study and […]

New gallery Tornabuoni Arte

New gallery Tornabuoni Arte

The design of the new gallery spaces of Tornabuoni Arte in Florence, in spite of their dimensions in line with the private nature of the project, opens a reflection on the relationship between the container and the content with respect to exhibition spaces for the Contemporary. Moreover, as it is developed inside a historic building […]

Archea at West Bund 2013 in Shanghai

Archea at West Bund 2013 in Shanghai

Between October 20 and December 19, 2013, Archea is exhibiting at the Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art in Shanghai, a show organized in a former industrial district of Shanghai, once for manufacturing ceramics. The event strives to be an opportunity to keep up to date and dialogue on recent developments in Chinese art and […]

Area 129 / Urban architecture

Area 129 / Urban architecture

Planning along the street In the European city and, more in general, in all urban contexts that are inspired by it, the street represents the place the buildings look onto, the border between the collective space, the public life and the private sphere. This separation is usually represented by a wall that forms a curtain, […]

Archea Booksharing

Archea Booksharing

Architect Marco Casamonti and Studio Archea, together with Moroso and Ceipo, participated in the Beijing Design Week with a small Earthen Library – the “Terreria”: an installation, at the same time pavilion, library and location for performances – in operation from 25 September to 6 October –  which has put the inhabitants of the neighbourhood […]

Area 128 / Informal community

Area 128 / Informal community

Informal community If images of slums, informal and spontaneous communities, favelas or whatever we want to call urban areas of povertà and hardship dominated the first room of the Corderie dell’Arsenale at the last Venice Biennial – titled “Common Ground” – realized by Sir Norman Foster, then the phenomenon has become so great and important […]

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