“Riscatti di Città. Urban regeneration in Rome” at Palazzo Merulana

The Riscatti di Città exhibition offers an overview of the urban and architectural scenario of Rome by means of a multidisciplinary approach: Photography, graphics, videos and realized and visionary architectural projects.


“Riscatti di Città. Urban regeneration in Rome” at Palazzo Merulana


Riscatti di città deals with the theme of urban regeneration in the capital, through the mapping of abandoned and regenerated places and with a cycle of meetings between professionals aimed at stimulating participation in the greatest reflection on urban regeneration ever done in Rome.


“Riscatti di Città. Urban regeneration in Rome”
18 January – 17 March, 2020
Palazzo Merulana
Via Merulana, 121, 00185 Roma RM


The exhibition, curated by Nicola Brucoli and Carlo Settimio Battisti, TWM Factory directors, created in collaboration with Palazzo Merulana, CoopCulture and the Elena and Claudio Cerasi Foundation, aims to stimulate discussion and discussion on the theme of urban regeneration in Rome, through a constant oscillation between taking note of the critical issues that reside in the area and wanting to make visible and systemic the opportunities created by regeneration interventions and ideas that settle in places.


“Riscatti di Città. Urban regeneration in Rome” at Palazzo Merulana

“Riscatti di Città. Urban regeneration in Rome” at Palazzo Merulana


“The theme of urban regeneration has acquired a central position in the design of the metropolises, the recovery and requalification of the existing building patrimony and the interventions in abandoned areas are necessary for a government of the territory aimed at improving the quality of life. As foreseeable for such a stratified organism, urban regeneration has entered forcefully into the dynamics of Rome, through operations that range between architecture, urban planning and functionalization, various elements of the capital have been transformed. Although different in the type of intervention, in the (re) established functions and in the actors involved, the common feature of these projects is to have the objective of generating value and creating new social dynamics in urban fabrics that had lost the features of the city. “- Nicola Brucoli and Carlo Settimio Battisti, curators of the exhibition, TWM Factory directors.


“Riscatti di Città. Urban regeneration in Rome” at Palazzo Merulana


On the one hand, the entire initiative maps and photographs disused buildings, architectures that have lost their original function, urban voids that impoverish the city and abandoned cinemas. On the other hand, it enhances the virtuous regeneration processes, implemented through international architecture projects, temporary reactivations aimed at relaunching real estate value, social art initiatives to re-evaluate the suburbs as a meeting place.
Space was given to the projects that gravitate to the territory, ideas of students and young people who with reduced resources managed to trigger the redemption of Rome.

This project wants to talk about urban planning and Rome through a multitude of languages ​​now essential from analysis and proposal for the city. Architecture, mobility, photography, graphics: a method that embraces different disciplines to analyze the current state of urban systems on multiple levels, promoting an innovative creative orientation for contemporary metropolises, through a cycle of meetings with the best experiences and professionalism capable of treat the phenomenon at 360 degrees. This research work, designed and created in a regenerated space, wants to demonstrate that for Rome it is possible to get out of the vicious circle of self-pity about its degradation and its fragmented urban development. The redemption of the city is possible. Let’s start from here.

“Agriculture and Architecture: Taking the Country’s Side” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

The exhibition is structured in three main areas: a central space with seven sections, a large-scale illustration and a screening area for documentary films. “Taking the Country’s Side” is a reflexive and didactic attempt to reconnect architecture and agriculture and to emphasize lessons that contemporary architects and urbanists might draw from this school of thought and action.


McLean Farm Market, Virginia, EUA, 1978


Taking stock of the severe environmental predicament that now faces our world, this exhibition intends to ignite a reflection (both retrospective and pro-spective) on the strong link between the twin disciplines of agriculture and architecture, and on their growing divorce since the industrial revolution. (more…)

“AI and Architecture” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already spread to a number of industries and disciplines, giving them the means to face new challenges and enabling operations that used to be too complex. Its use in architecture is still in its first steps, but the first results are promising, showing the way to many new possibilities.


“AI and Architecture” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal © Pavillon de l’Arsenal


Designed by Stanislas Chaillou, an architect and researcher, the “AI & Architecture” exhibition takes us through the main stages of an evolution that started from the studies on Modularity, Computer-aided Design (CAD), Parametrics and, finally, Artificial Intelligence. It also explores the current scales of experimentation: plans, elevations, structures and perspectives in which AI could already make a contribution, real or speculative. (more…)

“Wires, Black Boxes and Urban Fetishes” the Palace as seen by elii

Since it first opened as the Communications Palace a hundred years ago, this building has had various incarnations and has been the focus of myriad gazes.


Hilos, cajas negras y fetiches urbanos. El palacio visto por… elii © elii


This idea of looking, of assessing from different points of view, underpins this series of exhibitions, El Palacio visto por… (The Palace as Seen by…) in which we invite, on an annual basis, different artists and architects to create an exhibition that includes an informative overview based on the building’s archives and history, while also offering their own individual perceptions of the palace. (more…)

“Forms of industry” photographs by Alastair Philip Wiper and Eric De Maré at RIBA

Bringing together contemporary photographs by Alastair Philip Wiper and archival images by Eric de Maré from RIBA’s Collections, this display offers a commentary on our changing attitudes to mass production and sustainability.


Odeillo Solar Furnace, France, 2012 © Alastair Philip Wiper


RIBA presents Forms of Industry, an exhibition of contemporary photographs by Alastair Philip Wiper (1980) and archival images by Eric de Maré (1910-2002) from the RIBA Collections. Separated by more than 50 years, the two photographers share a common interest in industrial buildings and landscapes, yet their differing approaches create a commentary on changing attitudes towards industrialisation and sustainability. (more…)

“Champs-Elysées. History And Perspectives” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

On the Champs-Élysées, Paris fashioned itself according to a perspective of infinite progress. Three centuries after it was first built, cars, noise, pollution, tourism, a globalized commercial offering, and neglected gardens have warped the usage of this avenue and diminished its appropriation by Parisians.


“Champs-Elysées. History And Perspectives” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal © Salem Mostefaoui


The exhibition “Champs -Elysées, History & Perspectives” presents the study conducted at the behest of the Comité Champs-Élysées by Philippe Chiambaretta in collaboration with some fifty researchers, historians, scientists, engineers, artists, and economic and cultural actors from France and abroad. It traces the development of “the most beautiful avenue in the world,” analyzes its current usages, and proposes a vision of its potential evolutions in response to the challenges this area of the city faces in the present day. It invites viewers to participate in the space’s metamorphosis. (more…)

“Re-Practice Re-Visit Re-Turn – Back from Japan” at deSingel International Arts Campus

In spring 2020, the Flanders Architecture Institute is focusing on the link between Japan and Flanders/Brussels. ‘RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN’ from architects de vylder vinck tallieu is the first exhibition of a season with the baseline ‘Back from Japan’.


“Re-practice Re-visit Re-turn” architecten de vylder vinck taillieu © Nacasa&Partners


For the renowned Ghent-based architectural firm, their Japanese adventure was an opportunity to place Belgian architecture in a broader perspective: how is architecture perceived in a changed social and spatial context? Which elements are retained, and what adjustments does the specific context demand? (more…)

“Art on Display. Formas de expor 1949-69” at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Museum, this exhibition takes as its starting point the display solutions found for the opening of the Museum in 1969. It also recreates different exhibition design ideas created by Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Carlo Scarpa, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo van Eyck and Alison and Peter Smithson in other countries.


Alison and Peter Smithson, exposição «Painting & Sculpture of a Decade 54-64», Tate Gallery, Londres, 1964. Vista do interior: escultura «Le Canonnier» de Robert Müller; pintura «Red Ground» de Rodrigo Moynihan. Smithson Family Collection. © Fotografia: Sandra Lousada


This exhibition takes the museography of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum as its starting point, marking its 50th anniversary. The Italian designer Franco Albini advised the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on the most contemporary examples of good museum design. The museum, which opened in 1969, was strongly influenced by his background in contemporary Italian design, notably that of Carlo Scarpa. (more…)

“Manthey Kula: Postludes” at Betts Project

Manthey Kula is widely recognised in Norway and abroad for their unique and acutely site-specific architecture which works at the intersection of art, architecture and landscape architecture.


“Manthey Kula: Postludes” © Manthey Kula


Betts Project is pleased to present Postludes, an exhibition of newly made paper works by Norwegian architectural practice Manthey Kula. This exhibition marks the architect office’s debut solo presentation in the UK and will be accompanied by a new catalogue. (more…)

“Nature Morte Vivante” Patricia Urquiola at Centro Cultural de la Villa

The first exhibition devoted to Patricia Urquiola in Madrid mainly focuses on her work as a designer, showing her works for industrial production, occasionally for craft production and frequently for the cross between them both.


Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez


The exhibition is laid out in a non-chronological way, gathering the pieces around six still life paintings that explore a series of recurrent themes in her line of work and mindset. These six still life paintings are inspired by Dalí’s painting Nature Morte Vivante, where the objects are depicted in motion, breathing life into them.


“Nature Morte Vivante”
30 January – 1 March, 2020
Centro Cultural de la Villa Fernán Gómez
Plaza de Colón, 4, 28001 Madrid


The exhibition revolves around the following pillars: “Transparent things” brings together a collection of objects that have been important throughout his career, a connection between the past and the future; the so-called “Empathic Journeys” between concepts and projects; the concept of “Resistances”, projects where there is some kind of tension; matters related to gender and all its declensions, a theme called “Gender? What Gender?”; and the positive pollination in the creative process reflected in the “Contaminations” part.


Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez

Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez


The exhibition shows products from the different stages in Urquiola’s career. She founded her own studio in 2001 and designed furniture, carpets, lamps, tableware, vases, fabrics, bathtubs, pottery and tiles, etc. The items reveal her way of tackling different materials and techniques, with inventiveness, creativity and a fresh approach that helps her break away from the traditional standards and often helps her find new answers to old problems.


Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez

Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez


Her interest in color is the ongoing theme of the exhibition and is expressed through moments of rigor or exuberance, while the concern for sustainability is observed in the recurrent use of “Upcycling”, by means of pieces in which recycled materials are reused to produce new objects.


Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez

Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez