paesaggi artificiali testo Marco Casamonti

la verità del falso testo Francesco Ventura

letture critiche/critical lectures
non-super-iper-luoghi testo Paolo Giardiello

scenari di architettura/architectural scenario
Toyo Ito/grin grin
Foreign Office Architects/meydan multiplex
Martin Lejarraga/public library and reading park
Giancarlo Mazzanti/gerardo molina school
René van Zuuk/pavilion in roosendaal
Heatherwick Studio/east beach café
CA-GROUP/pedestrian bridge
Mass Studies/air forest
UnSangDong Architects Cooperation/palace of may
Dominique Perrault Architecture/talasso hotel tenerife
BIG/kiev residence
BIG/lillehammer ski resort

paesaggi artificiali tra architettura e cinema intervista a David Grieco

east meets west Tseng Kwong Chi
gambling...what else? testo Veronica Pirazzini

itinerario contemporaneo: Las Vegas

esiti concorsi/competitions

recensioni mostre e libri/exhibition and book reviews

paesaggi artificiali

area 105 | artificial landscape

The term landscape, freed from the limitations connected with the common concept that it is strictly associated with nature, is in any case still a matter of homogeneous surroundings: the…

la verità del falso

area 105 | artificial landscape

The adjective “artificial” is normally used to indicate something negative. Its semantic area is vast and complex, with countless meanings that may however be retraced to the fundamental sense of…


area 105 | artificial landscape

There are places which are part of our everyday life, which dominate it in the forms and manners required by our society. There are places for consumption, transit, amusement which…

grin grin

area 105 | artificial landscape

“Island City” is a large, roughly 400 ha artificial island on the eastern side of Hakata Bay. The client, Fukuoka City, planned to create a new nature on this stark…

meydan multiplex

area 105 | artificial landscape

The Meydan retail development performs not just a as a efficient retail complex but as a true urban centre in one of the fastest growing areas of Istanbul. Located in…

public library and reading park

area 105 | artificial landscape

The project comes out of the creation of a new topography that indexes and qualifies this zone of expansion in Torre Pacheco, on a plot of public equipments; a urban,…

gerardo molina school

area 105 | artificial landscape

More than an isolated school, the aim is to develop an urban project that encourages new sectorial centralities with the equipments that are already being used by the school such as…

pavilion in roosendaal

area 105 | artificial landscape

In 2001 the city of Roosendaal (a provincial town in the southwest of the Netherlands) decided to ban cars from the New Market in the centre of town by building…

east beach café

area 105 | artificial landscape

Heatherwick Studio was commissioned to design a café building to replace a seafront kiosk in Littlehampton, a traditional seaside town on England‘s south coast. Exposed to weather and vandalism, the narrow site…

pedestrian bridge

area 105 | artificial landscape

This is not (only) a bridge. The bridge is architecture over the water, a room of the city floating over the river, full of activity, instead of a mere jump…

air forest

area 105 | artificial landscape

Located in east-central Denver, City Park is the largest and most notable park in Denver. This historic 1.3 kmq park has large open grass fields with Ferril Lake in its…

palace of may

area 105 | artificial landscape

‘Palace of May’ comes into being a symbolic sculpture of ‘Hi Seoul Festival 2009’ in the heart of Seoul, Seoul Plaza. This year the theme of the festival is sustainable…

thalasso hotel tenerife

area 105 | artificial landscape

This project is situated in the framework of the “Las Teresitas” beach redevelopment in Santa Cruz Tenerife. Following a competition won by Dominique Perrault in 2000, the redevelopment of Teresitas…

kiev residences

area 105 | artificial landscape

How do you create urbanity on the edges of Kiev’s twilight zone of Stalinist suburbanism? Our proposal favors high density vs. low density, variation over repetition and asymmetry before symmetry. It…

lillehammer ski resort

area 105 | artificial landscape

How do you create a hotel and apartment house in the mountains that offers the same standards of accessibility, circulation and logistics as a modern hotel? The starting point of the project…

paesaggi artificiali tra architettura e cinema

area 105 | artificial landscape

Marco Casamonti: In this issue of area, dedicated to artificial landscapes, we are trying to tackle the theme of simulation in architecture in its various facets, including that of kitsch,…

East meets West – Tseng Kwong Chi

area 105 | artificial landscape

Self Portrait with World Center Trade Center, 1979 Photography by Tseng Kwong Chi, © 1979  by Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York NY. Courtesy Galleria Carla Sozzani  An unexpected…

contemporary itinerary: Las Vegas

area 105 | artificial landscape

Gambling… what else?

area 105 | artificial landscape

Las Vegas is in the Mojave desert. It was part of Mexico until 1855; the Hispanic name means “the lawns” because there were springs in the area that allowed a…