Category Archives: Architecture

The viewpoint that makes sense

The first time I saw an artwork by  Felice Varini was a few years ago when he re-arranged the Fendi space in Milan, during the Fuori Salone, with an optical graphic that crossed the whole building. On May 16th, the … Continue reading

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Social housing with a twist

A beautiful project of social architecture that provides also an intelligent use of collective spaces comes from Paris where, in the 18th arrondissement, architects Christophe Ouhayoun and Nicolas Ziesel (aka Koz) have given new life to an derelict building. Located … Continue reading

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Public spaces: why the Danes are so good at it (and Italians aren’t)

It’s so easy to forget – especially in Italy – that design is a tool to make everybody’s life better. It is not a means to exclude but to welcome. It would be so nice if our public spaces were … Continue reading

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Architecture is a human act. 10 minutes with Jean Nouvel

I admit it. I was rather nervous about the idea of spending 15 minutes ‘alone’ with Jean Nouvel. The proposal arrived from Bolon http://www.bolon.com, the Swedish carpet company for whom Nouvel, one of the greatest of world architecture, has created … Continue reading

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The Fondazione Bisazza ready for grand opening (with a site specific piece by John Pawson)

Patio della Fondazione Bisazza ph Ottavio Tomasini An exhibition on the work of John Pawson http://www.johnpawson.com will be the event that will mark the opening of the Fondazione Bisazza http://www.fondazionebisazza.it in Montecchio Maggiore, near Vicenza in Italy, on June 8th, … Continue reading

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Enlightenment in the Middle Ages

Lighting designer Jean Francois Touchard (www.jftouchard.com) and multimedia artist Jose Cristiani of Cosmo (www.cosmoav.com) have signed this lighting system for the city of Beaune in Burgondy, France, for Italian company iGuzzini (www.iguzzini.it). For those who are not familiar it, Beaune … Continue reading

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Memory game

What do you think about when you see these two towers? Dutch architects  MVRDV (www.mvrdv.nl) who designed them, say that they remind them of a cloud. Sadly, though, for thousands of people this residential complex (that is due to be … Continue reading

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