“MateraMending 2015” workshop by Alberto Campo Baeza

Following the cultural relevant moment thanks to the election of Matera as European City of Culture 2019 the workshop “MateraMending” will take place in the city between March 22 to March 28.

 

Matera abandoned unfinished train station.

MateraMending site. Matera abandoned unfinished train station.

 

In this workshop students of the Technical University of Madrid and University of Basilicata, together with their teachers and leading figures of European architecture in recent years will meet to study, discuss and design what could become the new gate for the city of Matera. Regeneration, green spaces, new infrastructures, will be some of the topics addressed during these days. Conferences, seminars and excursions through the city and the territory will be proposed to discover the architecture that characterizes this unique place.

Matera has suffered a problem of public civil infrastructure administration, resulting in a frustrated project to connect the city by train with the rest of the country. Right now the works are near to be accomplished and maybe the finantial aid of the European City of Culture will help in order to achieve these objectives. The workshop will reflect about what does public infrastructure mean and how can we reuse the existing one.

The teachers coming from Spain will be Alberto Campo Baeza, professor Alejandro Vírseda (author of Nave 16 refurbishment, among other projects), professor José Jaraíz and professor Jesús Donaire (secretary of the BigMat International Architecture Award).

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“Esposizione Universale Roma”, looking back at the story behind EUR42, Rome’s main business area.

The exhibition in Museum of Ara Pacis in Rome attempts to look into the history of Eur -born as a symbol of fascist monumentality, finally become an expression of the 1960’s financial boom. “Esposizione Universale Roma. Una città nuova dal fascismo agli anni ‘60” will be open from March 12 to June 14, 2015.

 

Fabrizio Ferri, Untitled #2262, 1999

Fabrizio Ferri, Untitled #2262, 1999

 

In 1942 Rome was due to host EUR42, a Universal Exhibition dedicated to the celebration of fascism in its 20th anniversary. According to the original project, the Exhibition would have welcomed all the countries in the world, saving several permanent core buildings for Italy -the first buildings of a new neighbourhood to come. The impact of the Second World War stopped the works, and the district was abandoned. Only from the 1950’s on was EUR42 transformed into its present state -a modern business and residential area.

In occasion of Milan’s Expo 2015, the Museum of Ara Pacis is holding an exhibition  called “Esposizione Universale Roma. Una città nuova dal fascismo agli anni ‘60” (“Rome’s Universal Exhibition. A new city from fascism to the 60s”). Open from March 12, to June 14, 2015, the exhibition aims to trace the history of the EUR district through some basic steps that have marked its formation and transformation.

 

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Port control tower in Marina di Ragusa, by Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

The watchtower sits in between the quiet waters of the harbour and the open sea, lighting up the docks at night as a symbol for Marina di Ragusa’s new port installations. Made up of a steel frame structure, the building goes from heavy concrete walls to transparent glazings -seemingly hovering over the water, blurring the limits of its envelope.

 

Torre di controllo Marina di Ragusa © Hélène Binet

Torre di controllo Marina di Ragusa © Hélène Binet

 

Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo designed the watchtower for Marina di Ragusa -south of Sicily- following the port’s authority’s desire to build a new symbol for this town’s harbour. After five years, the building has won public appraisal.  The watchtower sits in between the quiet waters of the harbour and the open sea, lighting up the docks at night as a symbol for Marina di Ragusa’s new port installations. Made up of a steel frame structure, the building goes from heavy concrete walls to transparent glazings -seemingly hovering over the water, blurring the limits of its envelope.

The tower was awarded with Big Mat’s National Award for Italy in 2013.

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Antinori Winery by Archea Associati, finalist of Mies van der Rohe Award

The project aims to pursue, through architecture, the enhancement of the landscape and the surroundings as expression of the cultural and social valence of the place where wine is produced.

 

© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti

 

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced last Wednesday at the press conference that has taken place at Europe House London, the five finalists who will compete for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –Mies van der Rohe Award. The speakers in the press conference have been Giovanna Carnevali, Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe; Alessandro Senesi, Deputy Head of Creative Europe at the European Commission; and Tony Chapman, member of the 2015 Jury.  The finalists are:

 

 

Read on after the jump to see the project by Archea Associati for the Antinori Winery in San Casciano Val di Pesa.


 

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“Architecture in uniform”, an exhibition on building design during World War II, now in Rome.

The exhibition, curated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, has been specially adapted by MAXXI Rome to focus on Italy’s planning activities that led to the post-war period construction boom.

 

The MERO system, example of possible structures, 1943. Page from Max Mengeringhausen, Raumfachwerke aus Stäben und Knoten, 1975. Private collection.

The MERO system, example of possible structures, 1943. Page from Max Mengeringhausen, Raumfachwerke aus Stäben und Knoten, 1975. Private collection.

 

The Roman Museum of the Arts in the Twenty-first century  is holding an exhibition on construction planning and building development and research during the Second World War. This exhibition, named “Architecture in Uniform. Designing and building for the second world war” will be open until May 3rd 2015.

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“Lina Bo Bardi in Italy”, a retrospective at MAXXI Roma

Celebrating the centenary of Lina Bo Bardi’s birth, the exhibition tells the story of the architect’s youth between Italy and Brazil.

MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Photo montage and drawing by Lina Bo Bardi as concept development, 1957-1968. © Arquivo ILBPMB

MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Photo montage and drawing by Lina Bo Bardi as concept development, 1957-1968. © Arquivo ILBPMB

 

Before her arrival to Brazil accompanied by her husband, Pietro Maria Bardi, Lina Bo had already made a name for herself in Italy thanks to her work as an architect in Milan with the collaboration of Gio Ponti and Carlo Pagani. Those early years following her graduation in Rome in 1939 and the difficult times during the War are the ones in focus at the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi in Italia” organised by MAXXI Architettura in collaboration with Domus and the Instituto Lina Bo and P.M. Bardi, which will be open from December 19 to March 15th 2015.

 

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