The exhibition underway at Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine in Paris, entitled “La méthode Piano”, is not a classic retrospective looking back over the Italian architect’s fifty-year career, but presents the public with a picture of the collective process underlying all Renzo Piano Building Workshop projects. “La méthode Piano” is a participatory method, not the gesture of an artist but the workshop’s way of practicing the profession, applied to projects on all scales.
The exhibition presents a selection of buildings constructed in Europe and the United States, with a special focus on a project under construction for the Italian non-profit association Emergency in Uganda.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s projects are divided into six groups, by theme: paysages, hauteurs, confrontations, patrimoines urbains, morceaux de ville, matières (landscapes, heights, comparisons, urban heritage, pieces of the city, materials), with an introductory section before them presenting Renzo Piano’s research into light structures in the late 1960s. Research into materials and experiments with models and prototypes are the trademark of Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s projects, presented in the exhibition on big tables. The drawings, models and documents exhibited on each table allow visitors to immerse themselves in the project, observing its genesis and the specific logic underlying it.
Title: La méthode Piano - Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Dates: 11 November 2015 – 29 February 2016
Location: Cité de l'Architecture – Paris France
Images courtesy of Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine photo by Gaston Bergeret
Images courtesy of RPBW