“Teaching and practice of Architecture” conference at Accademia di San Luca

International conference organized by Francesco Cellini, Franco Purini, Claudio D’Amato at Accademia di San Luca. With the participation of Paolo Zermani (BigMat´19 Award member of the jury), Jesús Aparicio (Award President) and Cino Zucchi (BigMat´13 Award member of the jury).


Teatrino di Varano (Parma), Paolo Zermani


A hundred years after the birth of the first Italian School of Architecture (Rome, 1919), the conference proposes: an assessment of the state of architecture teaching in Italy today, to make a comparison with other models, European and non-European and to verify possible evolutionary or alternative lines. (more…)

“Anthropocene” at MAST Foundation in Bologna

“Anthropocene” is a multimedia exploration of the complex and indelible human signature on the Earth. Edward Burtynsky’s extraordinary photographs, the films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and several augmented reality installations take visitors on an epic journey around the world, capturing the most impressive evidence of human influence.


Edward Burtynsky, Mushin Market Intersection, Lagos, Nigeria © Edward Burtynsky, 2017


35 large-format photographs taken by Edward Burtynsky show with irresistible power the dramatic collisions between humans and nature: terraforming of the earth through mining, urbanization, industrialization and agriculture; the proliferation of dams and diverting of waterways; CO2 and acidification of oceans; the pervasive presence around the globe of plastics, concrete, and other technofossils; unprecedented rates of deforestation and extinction. (more…)

“AT HOME. Designs for contemporary living” at MAXXI Rome

Curated by Margherita Guccione, Director of MAXXI Architettura and Pippo Ciorra, Senior curator of MAXXI Architettura, the exhibition offers diverse and intersecting interpretative keys: from the individual to the collective through the duets, the site specific pavilions and a visual survey of auteur photographs.


DEMOGO, Bivacco Fanton, Dolomiti (BL), 2015 Photo Pietro Savorelli


The celebrated Villa Malaparte at Capri establishing a dialogue with the lodge in the Dolomites by the young DEMOGO architects; the university colleges in Urbino by Giancarlo De Carlo with the Sugar Hill development by David Adjaye in Harlem, Casa Baldi by Paolo Portoghesi in Rome with the “space age” house by Zaha Hadid in Russia, the Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri in Milan with the Moryama House in Tokyo, the house in the film Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto by Francesco Berarducci in Rome with a building designed in Johannesburg by Jo Noero. (more…)

“Fiction and Fabrication” at MAAT Lisbon

How do digital photography and Photoshop influence the representation of architecture? “Fiction & Fabrication” assembles fascinating contemporary photographic works from all over the world. From fictional constructions to real buildings which sometimes seem more fantastic than fiction, the works show an impressive portrait of contemporary architecture and the urban landscape that surrounds us.


James Welling 0462, 2009. Novo Banco Contemporary Photography Collection


Fiction and Fabrication gathers nearly 50 artists who build and manipulate images of architectural objects and spaces. Marking 30 years since Photoshop was invented, and digital tools invaded photographic production, this exhibition focuses on the imagery of architecture as a central theme to an expanded practice of photography in contemporary art. (more…)

“Beyond the Structure” SOM at COAM Madrid

On Wednesday, April 24th, “Beyond the Structure” (“+ Allá de la Estructura”) opened in Madrid. The exhibition, presented by SOM and Fundación Arquitectura COAM spotlights SOM’s structural engineering practice and its integration with SOM’s architectural design.


“Beyond the Structure” © Ana Amado/COAM


Initially displayed in Munich, the original concept of the exhibition is based on a special monograph published by Detail magazine in 2015. Since then, its different iterations have been displayed in Hamburg and Cologne; in Aalborg, Denmark; at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial; as a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture; and, most recently, as a part of MEXTRÓPOLI in Mexico City. (more…)

“Joyful Architecture – European Architectural Photography 2019” at DAM

The competition focuses on the built environment and its photographic and artistic exploration, and always has a predefined motto. The theme for 2019 is “Joyful Architecture”.


Alexander Mai © Alexander Mai, Mikula Platz/architekturbild


The European Architectural Photography Prize architekturbild has been awarded every two years since 1995. Since 2003, the award has been bestowed by architekturbild e.v., since 2008 in cooperation with DAM, and since 2016 with a third partner, the Bundesstiftung Baukultur. (more…)

“The ground we have in common” at Gallerie delle Prigioni

The Ground We Have in Common is the title of the exhibition that will take place at Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso, curated by Patrizia Boschiero from Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, and Nicolas Vamvouklis from Gallerie delle Prigioni. The exhibition is dedicated to the 2019 edition of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, which this year is awarded to the Dazhangshan Tea Gardens in China.


“The Ground We Have in Common”, Premio Carlo Scarpa 2019


From this starting point the exhibition revisits ideas and themes that have traversed the 30 previous editions of the Award. Bringing together artistic research and scientific investigation, the exhibition unfolds among diverse contributionsto explore the languages ​​chosen by contemporary artists who investigate both the concept of the garden in a broader sense and that of taking care of the earth. (more…)

“Quai des Queyries” MVRDV at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Arc en rêve architecture center continues the cycle of exhibitions architectures here dedicated to projects made here in the territory of the Bordeaux metropolis. The selected operations, of remarkable character, are the result of an ambition shared between the owner and the architect.


Ilot Queyries ©Ivan Mathie MVRDV architectes


The quai des Queyries exhibition is dedicated to the project of Winy Maas / MVRDV, here at the Bastide, right bank of the Garonne in Bordeaux, with a perspective of his work in the four corners of the world. “Combining the freedom and social cohesion of neighborhood living with the necessary urban density” (more…)

“Atelier Mendini. Architectures” at Nivola Museum

The Museo Nivola, paying homage to Alessandro Mendini after three months from his passing, presents the outcome of fifty years of architectural planning: all Atelier Mendini’s public and private architectures, shown by 25 extraordinary accurate wooden maquettes of 25 buildings, together with a related series of drawings.


“Atelier Mendini. Le Architetture” al Museo Nivola di Orani. © Cédric Dasesson


“This is our heresy: the structure of architecture resolves itself in the facade, the function of the object finds its fulfillment in the decorative narration of the surface, everything is the drawing or the sculpture of itself: designing is painting.” This is how Alessandro Mendini in 1994 summarized the philosophy of Atelier Mendini, an extraordinary workshop which, under the guidance of himself and his brother Francesco, started a new way of doing architecture, art and design beyond any disciplinary boundary. (more…)

“Prada Poole: The Perishable Architecture of Soap Bubbles” at CAAC Seville

Prada Poole belongs to a generation of architects who are active in the 1960s in creating utopian projects which conceived alternative ways of building cities, closely linked to the natural environment. His idea is to improve the habitat through the intelligent use of the environmental surroundings, new materials and recycling.


Expoplástica (1969), José Miguel de Prada Poole © CAAC

The literary magazine El Urogallo devoted its first issue of 1974 to a collective reflection on the contemporary human dwelling. One of the most thought-provoking articles in that publication was “La arquitectura perecedera de las pompas de jabón” [The Perishable Architecture of Soap Bubbles] by José Miguel de Prada Poole1. In it, the architect defended a new type of architecture, where the material of which it is made determines the duration of its own existence. The use of the word perishable in the title, as opposed to ephemeral- the most commonly used term in architecture for a short-lived structure—is a significant detail: the ephemeral does not last long, but the perishable collapses when its constituent material does. (more…)