Design & Trend
I am Italian but I spent fifteenth years of my childhood growing up in Malaysia. I returned to Italy, to my origins, to study architecture for five years at Politecnico (Milano), with one year spent abroad in Beijing for an exchange. I have always been torn on which dress suits me best. Brought up by two very Italian parents, I have assimilated Western culture; while, having attended an extremely modern American school, a little refinement and a slight accent of American pragmatism has deeply influenced my attitude. However, my daily life in Asia has left a strong imprint and vibrant tint to my world’s vision.
I haven’t always been a writer, if not by passion, I often cross-pollinate between realms of visual communication. My passion for visual expression has allowed me to indulge in my own obsession to identify myself with space, objects and people. Still today I feel this necessity, maybe for my too entangled roots. I am very interested in the perspectives that merge from different ways of thinking and behaving: this overflows my mind with ideas and, contaminated by the extraordinary mix of opportunities, I am enthusiastically drawn to explore, approach and capture personalities and situations. I relate with this thirsty spirit of inquiry, even with architecture, design and visual media. I like to work in projects able to express dynamism and my will is to offer a stage also to young. I understand that I am able to express my voice giving a voice to others.
During my year in the burning red nation, I began to view architecture under more optimistic sight: China’s extremely heterogeneous landscape and rapid blooming economy gave the possibilities of open experimentation on a fertile ground. This context has provoked me to feel more familiar in a foreign territory.
After finishing my master, I began to work with a magazine, The Plan: Architectural & Technologies Details. The editorial environment was just the channel to conjugate my passion in cinema/film and creative/critical writing. I had the chance to approach with a real contact the variegated sectors rotating around architecture and I was entangled by the hybrid of this interdisciplinary field, offering endless opportunities of collaboration.
We live an era where everything slides fast and the only chance we have, I think, is to follow the dynamics of a world that continually reinvents itself, trying to identify and collect stimulating suggestions, visions, re-proposing their innovative freshness with equally inspirational positive energy. It is right to search, to nourish ourselves with new narratives, innovative ideas, different from ours: a reciprocal influence can give rise to a concrete contribution to the reality in which we live and work.
“Niche of an Architect” represents a corner to share personal moods, considerations, notes about the architectural panorama, a place to encounter protagonists of this world and have a meaningful chat together.
Even if extremely pragmatic and rational in their approaches, the proposals of the architect, Chang Yong Ter, in the research of establishing a tuneful co-existence between human beings and nature, tend to lose material definition, fading into the abstraction of idyllic situations that resonate in our hearts with the power of utopian visions.
“[We] come from nature….there is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it…if we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves” Edward Burtynsky.
Is architecture today carnivorous? Exuberant, untouched vegetation perform close-up shots of Peter Bialobrzeski’s series, Paradise Now and Neon Lights. Seductive photographs, with romantic diaphanous, pastel tones, portray peripheries of Asian ‘megatropolis’, that apparently resemble idyllic jungle. At a second glance the deceptive beauty of the pristine green,...