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Factory Valle 3.0 with Iris Ceramica opens the doors to European architects

12-05-2017

Factory Valle 3.0 with Iris Ceramica opens the doors to European architects

The splendid setting of the VALLE 3.0 architecture studio in Rome saw the convivial event of a symposium dedicated to the relationship between architectural training and practice, organised by the Architects Council of Europe and the European Association for Architectural Education, with the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservationists.

Italo Insolera, Il bianco e nero delle città exhibition

12-05-2017

Italo Insolera, Il bianco e nero delle città exhibition

Photographs by Italo Insolera, author of "Modern Rome", are the focus of the exhibition: Italo Insolera, il bianco e nero delle città Immagini 1951-1984 (the City in Black and White, Photography 1951-1984), which opens today 11th May at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere.

Naples, Rione Sanità: two piazzas restored to Beauty

28-04-2017

Naples, Rione Sanità: two piazzas restored to Beauty

Fondazione di Comunità San Gennaro, the Architecture Department of Naples University and a number of other partners have permitted the urban reclamation of two piazzas in Rione Sanità on the basis of participatory design. The piazzas were inaugurated during the events marking the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Prince Antonio de Curtis, better known as Totò.

Alessandro Guida. Corviale in Rome

21-04-2017

Alessandro Guida. Corviale in Rome

The grey concrete sinks into the green of this suburb built in instalments, the chaotic cityscape is replaced by a more rural atmosphere, made up of fields, of exposed building sites and of isolation. This is the memory that people who have lived their lives at Corviale take with them, and it is what the photo-reporter Alessandro Guida aims to document in his photographs.  The “Kilometre” was supposed to be the answer to the housing crisis in Rome in the 1970s; at the same time, it intended to bring together individuals and the community under a single roof, complete with all the services needed. Unfortunately, the project was never completed, leaving this part of the city alone and isolated. Stories of substance addiction, drug dealing and squatting made Corviale a place to avoid. It was cut off from the rest of Rome, and this also ended up causing the isolation inside Corviale and of the people who lived there.  The image of stiff formality of this mammoth piece of architecture, along with its modularity, so rational that it locks the residents inside, is obvious in Guida's work: not one, single person appears in his photographs, and yet we are talking about a complex that is home to about 6000 people. He raises the sense of alienation to maximum levels.  However, the photographer's work also intends to show another side of Corviale. At first glance, its present state of disrepair and decrepitude is clear, but at the same time the power of these architectural spaces reference the project's utopian nature, also expressed in the impressive magnitude of the complex and in how the spaces are organised.  Still, the key to interpreting Alessandro Guida photography project is change. Documenting the Corviale's present state of decay can shine some light on what it was and what it could have been. This awareness, which is perhaps the luck of our times, always helps give value to the past. After living here as children, there are people who have returned to initiate redevelopment projects, to fend for the architecture, but also to help create new social ties or revive old ones.  Many initiatives have been rolled out, some get the kids off the streets with a football school, others are art collectives that organise community events. Corviale is slowly rising from the ashes, and it is also because of work like Alessandro Guida's photography project, which brings us face to face with reality, that drives us to want a better future, for the architecture and for the people who live there.  Barbara Esposito Photographer's website: http://www.aleguida.com/ Collective photography website Urban Reports: http://www.urbanreports.org/ 

Recipe: Chick-pea Farinata or Cecìna

14-04-2017

Recipe: Chick-pea Farinata or Cecìna

This classic of Ligurian and Tuscan cooking has ancient roots: the Greeks and Romans were already baking a flan made from puréed legumes. The vegetable protein in chick-peas makes Farinata an ideal appetiser or main course

Lo Scrigno del Cielo installation by Gambardellarchitetti

13-04-2017

Lo Scrigno del Cielo installation by Gambardellarchitetti

A new point of view, an invitation to discover the sky over Milan through an installation of metal and light designed by studio Gambardellarchitetti for Milano Design Week 2017.

Six Korean architects at SpazioFMG

10-04-2017

Six Korean architects at SpazioFMG

The exhibition “Sections of Autonomy. Six Korean Architects” which opened at SpazioFMGperl'Architettura during Milano Design Week continues until May 12.

A year without Zaha Hadid: an architect’s legacy

31-03-2017

A year without Zaha Hadid: an architect’s legacy

A year after the premature death of Zaha Hadid on March 31, 2016, here is a quick overview of a number of projects by one of the most controversial figures in contemporary architecture. The first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, her legacy for future generations was buildings of sculptural beauty that people either love or hate.

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