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476 – Italian review. Building atop the built

november-december 2020
In recent years the interpretation and rewriting of existing buildings has become the prevalent activity for a rather large group of architects operating within the panorama of Italian architecture, a typical expression and field of research, perhaps more laborious, but also more stimulating. This issue wants to investigate different fields of action tied to this way of working, to understand its strategies and languages, to discover its multiple and variegated expressions.

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475 – Urban metabolism and recycling practices

september-october 2020
The construction industry, as we know, produces the greatest damages to the environment in all of its phases: from the preparation of raw materials and components to the construction site to the use and operation of what is built. The projects selected for this issue present a vast range of situations in which the principles of recycling are applied not only to buildings, dilapidated areas or entire landscapes. They also demonstrate the ability to trigger virtuous processes of regeneration extended to the broader physical, social and economic context. Furthermore, this logic assigns the architect a determinant role in controlling the diverse phases.

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474 – Water and architecture

july-august 2020
Water as a symbolic factor, an integral part of architectural composition; water as infrastructure innervating the city and
territory with which it establishes relations of reciprocal interaction; water as a resource for re-establishing environmental
equilibriums in anthropic territories: these are just some of the principal themes explored in the selection of projects presented in this issue. United with functional questions and necessities linked with aesthetic suggestions bound to water, these aspects are offering important occasions for experiments, prefiguring new and more sustainable urban scenarios.

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473 – Infrastructures and sustainable urban development

may-june 2020
The texts and projects presented in this issue reflect and question on a common vision of mobility infrastructures, as elements of a complex system, inseparable from the territories they traverse and responsible for the quality of urban space and the lives of citizens. Many of the themes coming to light under this vision are centred less on infrastructure as a technical-functional device and more on the notion of constructions with the ability to cast the form of the city according to a logic of interconnection that embraces all scales.


472 – Housing and urban density

marzo-aprile 2020
The selection of projects presented in this issue, as well as the introductory essays, open to a broad debate on the theme of housing and urban densification, prefiguring alternative development scenarios to the current trend. A trend that, by reducing people to mere users of standardized housing solutions, that responds to market logics, produces increasingly congested cities. Cities that need to be rethought starting from density, considered as a qualitative rather than a quantitative parameter.

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471 – Architecture in China: new trends

gennaio-febbraio 2020
The essays and projects presented in this issue were selected to document a new approach to architecture in China. They offer a comparison of the work of international offices, foreign and well-known, such as Zaha Hadid and MVRDV, and Chinese, for example, Vector Architects and MAD Architects, with that of Chinese offices working primarily in China, who bring a new sensitivity to the design and transformation of the territory.

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470 – Italian review. Eclecticism through continuity

november-december 2019
The 13 projects selected for this issue represent a multiplicity of themes, lines of research and languages that remain vital to italian contemporary architecture. The private single – and two-family home is one of these themes, as demonstrated by three examples presented. Another theme is the transformation of the existing through interventions of reconfiguration, reuse and expansion, that constitutes one of the principal challenges for architects. A challenge that implies new interpretations and processes of rewriting.


469 – Architecture as territorial archaeology

september-october 2019
The issue presents a selection of works by architects from the Portuguese, Spanish and Mexican schools, whose research is rooted precisely in the ideative phase, intended as the exploration of strong ties between architecture and the urban and environmental landscape. Mono-materiality, solidity, composition by parts, relations between interior-exterior, value assigned to the theme of natural light and connections with the surrounding natural or artificial environment are just some of the characteristics shared by these projects.


468 – Concrete. Experiments and new languages

july-august 2019
Concrete is one of the most widely utilised architectural and building materials and focus of some of the most important experiments in building technologies. The advancement of concrete manufacturing, in terms of environmental sustainability and recycling and in relation to new forms, has led to the beginnings of a season of new expressions, represented by the projects in this issue.


467 – Public space and urban regeneration

may-june 2019
In today’s urban landscapes, wider and increasingly more multifunctional, subject to incessant processes of densification and reconversion, public space, as it was in the historic city, is once again playing a decisive role in defining the level of quality of life, a crucial factor for economic development and social and environmental balances for today’s societies.