We are pleased to announce that AREA PROGETTI and UNA2 recently completed a Cultural Center in Rosignano Marittimo, small seaside town in Tuscany, which opened to the public last December. The Center has already become a meeting point for citizens, thus meeting the Municipality's objective to turn the neighborhood into a new area vibrant with activity. The architects wished for its space to be perceived as a network of arteries connected to the urban fabric in order to integrate with it rather than act as a self-referential object. "Le Creste" Cultural Centre is the result of an international design competition launched by the Municipality of Rosignano Marittimo in 2007. At a time of economic, social and cultural crisis, this new architecture designed by AREA PROGETTI and UNA2 confirms that quality is possible and desirable in the creation of a public work, even in a period characterized by a lack of resources and thanks to the committed participation of several parties.
We are pleased to announce that MDU architetti recently completed the New Headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce in Prato, Italy. The project represents one of the first examples in Prato, Italy, in the public works sector, of the conversion of an existing structure originally used for production. The new design of the building is delicate and respectful towards the old structure, but it is also able to establish new relationships with the city thanks to special slits that transform the inner court in an open public space.
LIVING ARCHITECTURES MARATHON, a tour from 27 June to 20 September 2013, will present “Living Architectures” in some of the main exhibition institutions in Italy. The series of five films by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine recount in surprising ways the life of works of architecture designed by some of the most famous architects of our time: Rem Koolhaas, Richard Meier, Frank Gehry,Renzo Piano, and Herzog & De Meuron. Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have just produced a publication in several volumes which includes all five films of the series “Living Architectures”, as well as considerable documentation on their production: this is an impressive work, which expresses with great strength and incisiveness the unusual and piercing point of view that the two filmmakers have reserved for famous architecture of our time. Each presentation will be based on a free screening of the series of films and will offer the public an opportunity to meet the filmmakers along with several other special guests.
Marco Brizzi, director at Image, will participate in "Architecture, Spatial Representation, and the Filmic Imaginary" at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma (ISR), Italy, on Thursday June 13 and Friday June 14, 2013. The international symposium will explore the complex relationship between architecture and cinema, from the modern era to the present. Ten scholars including architects and historians of art, architecture and cinema - Olivo Barbieri, Marco Brizzi, Giuliana Bruno, Teresa Castro, Marisa Galbiati, Edward Dimenberg, Christina Kerez, Henry Keazor, Richard Koeck, Martino Stierli – analyze different perspectives that intertwine in a productive discussion. The speakers examine the potential of cinema and the moving image as a tool of knowledge and research for the analysis and representation of architecture and space.
What future for Florence? AT THE UFFIZI. The museum without a city, scheduled for Thursday May 16 at 6 pm at the Sala delle Reali Poste of the Uffizi, is the occasion to discuss ideas, share visions and imagine the city of tomorrow. "The city of Florence, especially its historical center, is very closely tied to the Uffizi and to the masterpieces collected in its prestigious museum", the talk organizers state. "But what sort of situation can we observe from this privileged point of view?" The talk is organized by the Ordine degli Architetti di Firenze (the local Association of Architects) in collaboration with Image as part of the A FLORENCE THAT WILL BE program of public conversations and architecture videos that are open to citizens, architects, planners and city administrators to discuss ideas, share visions about new and desirable scenarios for Florence. Stefano Boeri, architect, and Michele Dantini, art critic and historian, will take part in the conversation.