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  1. Fundamentals

    Fun­da­men­tals are nec­es­sary.
    Fun­da­men­tals are all an archi­tect needs and can afford.
    Fun­da­men­tals are not cool, they are cold and hard like the floor.
    They are a mat­tress on that floor, a lap­top on the mat­tress and a bot­tle of brown liq­uid, easy access to inspi­ra­tion, cure to insom­nia and, if you keep the empty, meter of your career.
    Every­thing else is acces­si­ble thanks to the lit­tle hands that assem­bled the screen, vir­tual friend­ships, knowl­edge, enter­tain­ment for a monthly fee and home deliv­ered meals.
    Fun­da­men­tal is to be light at heart and belong­ings, to pack quickly, to go to good­bye par­ties more than lec­tures, to write down pass­words and to speak another lan­guage.
    Fun­da­men­tal is a degree, just as fun­da­men­tal was the horse, before the inven­tion of the motor.
    Fun­da­men­tal is your bat­tery charger.

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  2. The Great Biennale

    The Great Biennale

    14th Inter­na­tional archi­tec­ture exhi­bi­tion La Bien­nale di Venezia.
    “It will be a Bien­nale of archi­tec­ture and not archi­tects”. Such a state­ment was released many times, as if to sug­gest that for this Bien­nale edi­tion the architect’s ego will be left elsewhere.

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  3. The era of technology… or the death of architecture

    In that unbear­able, unor­ga­nized, but dra­mat­i­cally beau­ti­ful city, that is Venice, a lib­er­tine spirit hov­ers in the squares and aisles! Peo­ple feel free­dom before the claus­tro­pho­bia takes over. Par­ties, fancy dresses, some show­ing off, inaudi­ble speeches, unreach­able drinks, inac­ces­si­ble pavilions…

    What is clear to me after this Bien­nale, is just one aspect! The end of architecture!

    The Cen­tral Pavil­ion, show­ing the ele­ments of archi­tec­ture, is so redun­dant and over­whelm­ing, that dis­trib­utes an appar­ently acrit­i­cal con­tent, which is, in real­ity, the most crit­i­cal of all. It says: “we are done!” Tech­nol­ogy, com­fort, secu­rity, engi­neer­ing, sus­tain­abil­ity, all these top­ics are tak­ing over. Archi­tec­ture is a dis­ci­pline that has always strug­gled in defin­ing itself, prob­a­bly as much as phi­los­o­phy did in the past; nowa­days, archi­tec­ture is oblit­er­ated by an infi­nite array of tech­ni­cal sub­jects. Nowa­days, we are liv­ing in the time of “plas­ter­board architecture!”

    So, what all those peo­ple in Venice were really doing?! Are they con­scious of how much endan­gered is such a dis­ci­pline and pro­fes­sion?! Archi­tec­ture is no longer a rel­e­vant social mat­ter any­more; gov­ern­ments are not par­tic­i­pa­tory as in the 60s.
    600 years ago, fam­i­lies such as the Medici were using archi­tec­ture and art to express their power. Once more, right now, archi­tec­ture is becom­ing the play tool of few rich peo­ple, since all the rest that con­cerns build­ings and city plan­ning is a mere tech­ni­cal issue.
    This is what hap­pens when the curve of moder­nity starts to go downward.

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    …yes, I have been quite cynical!

     

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