Starting in Tokyo, Holl investigates the identity of the most populous city on the planet is found in its urban stratifications, alternating chaos, skyscrapers, small buildings, electronic technology and ikebana. Next, guest editors of Domus 2023 remember Arata Isozaki, who passed away recently, sketching a personal and professional portrait of him.
Domus 1077 March 2023
|Date Published||23rd March 2023|
The March issue of Domus focuses on the design theme of urbanism. Holl, in his Editorial, recounts doubts and hopes about the becoming of cities through a reading of seven metropolises. “While working with doubt, we hold out hope that work will begin on protecting, restoring and reforesting a portion of land equivalent to that of new urban construction, allowing increasing urban density to diminish destructive sprawl.”
The second metropolis covered in the issue is New York, for which Holl devotes an observation to the Manhattan Peninsula, where a new type of residential skyscraper has spread: exclusive, extremely tall and thin. These buildings, however, cast their shadows on Central Park, taking light away from the city. So Gideon Fink Shapiro writes about the Moynihan Train Hall by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The adaptive reuse of an early 20th-century postal building returns to the city the public space taken away with the demolition of the old Penn Station by McKim, Mead & White.
For the city of Milan, Cino Zucchi writes about the metamorphosis between urbanity and nature. The current transformations of the Lombard capital have different outcomes: from unconvincing mirror towers to anonymous and mimetic building fills. The best examples are those that mix openness and understatement, looking also at examples from the Milanese architectural tradition. “Asnago and Vender’s building on Via Lanzone represents in miniature many of the features that make Milan one of the most interesting examples of how a contemporary city can evolve toward an ecological future and global awareness.” Holl interviews Fulvio Irace, discussing the themes of modernity and humanism: in recent years, a number of foreign architects have shown how a scrupulous approach to capturing the spirit of Milan is the only way to achieve a solid presence in the city. Cecilia Fabiani writes about the seven carpet collections for Milan-based company CC-Tapis designed by Patricia Urquiola. The designer’s sensibility for color and interior design translates into carpets with organic shapes and hues that grow out of one another. Closing the section, Franco Raggi and Antonia Jannone tell about the Antonia Jannone Gallery. Founded in 1976, the Milanese gallery has hosted the most important names in the design world in more than 250 exhibitions.