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ARATA ISOZAKI

ARATA ISOZAKI
ARATA ISOZAKI
One of the greatest contemporary architects among the best known in the world, Arata Isozaki, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2019, the most important international recognition for architecture, passed away on December 29, 2022, at the age of 91. He began working with Kenzo Tange, also winner of a Pritzker Prize in 1987. Designer, theorist and urban planner, he was an interpreter of the fusion of several currents, with an emblematic approach of interpretation and enhancement of the territory and the context in which to erect new structures . It was “the emptiness of architecture”, the shocking effect of the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced as a teenager that inspired him. Its architecture is heterogeneous, and has created a charismatic bridge between Eastern and Western traditions. In 1996, Isozaki won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Architecture Exhibition. In his career he has designed over one hundred buildings in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. In Italy, among the now iconic buildings, the Isozaki Tower in Milan, better known as Allianz Tower or Il Dritto in collaboration with the architect Andrea Maffei; skyscraper in the CityLife district which with its 209 meters is the second tallest building in Italy after the Unicredit Tower. The director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt, also expressed condolences, who remembers him as “a great 20th-century architect of international renown”, underlining that “his abstract and clear language was partly inspired by his profound knowledge of Renaissance architecture Italian”, although among the latest projects that of the redevelopment of the Galleries, signed by Isozaki, has not yet seen the realization. Also worthy of note is Stefano Boeri’s greeting, in his recollection disseminated on social media: “Arata Isozaki was an absolute protagonist of modern and contemporary architecture, capable of combining reasoned eclecticism and rational extravagance in his projects. A rare combinatorial gift, which has allowed him to cross different eras and styles and fashions without ever losing his role as a reference intellectual for several generations of designers, always capable of distilling profound and sophisticated concepts in illustrating his architecture. I met Arata for the first time in Tokyo, in 1997, when together with my students from the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam we were working on Tokyo Voids. Isozaki entertained us for a long time explaining the meaning of the Japanese concept of “Ma” which is both a temporal and spatial “interval”. Since then I have had many opportunities to meet and dialogue, the last one on the occasion of one of his unforgettable lectures at the Milan Polytechnic where I had invited him in the hope of helping him resume his project for the new entrance to the Uffizi in Florence, guilty of being forgotten ”.

NAI/22 — THE REAL ESTATE NEW AGE 2022

OnOctober 6th, the new edition of NAI/22 promoted and organized by reFRAME Magazine will be held in Milan’s City Life. This is now a regular appointment with operators in the Real Estate, Finance and Contract sectors. The event is organized in partnership with #SonaeSierraItaly and under the Patronage of #Cncc. Following the success of last year’s NAI/21 edition, the Event aims to bring together key industry players not only to present each other with their innovative projects but also to encourage the setting of concrete plans for collaboration, stimulating the activation of working tables and thematic workshops. What will happen will be a meeting place for businesses and professionals looking for new ideas and new formulas to develop projects and activities useful to their core-business. The topics will be set taking into account new industry needs, new demand paradigms and also from digital technologies of the metaverse and blockchain transactions of real estate. Sustainability and the environment will be given ample space as the -New Era of Real Estate- cannot ignore them, as well as the well-being of individuals, and the quality of new lifestyles and social habits. Planners, architects, designers, creatives, sociologists, psychologists and visionary intellectuals will work on thematic workshops to better understand how to optimize or change direction to the rails of future Real Estate. Builders, developers, and urban-territorial redevelopers will confront each other to chart new construction, housing, business, and retail models. Researchers and universities will share their know-how to interpret future phenomena and give operational models for action and reference…

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WIP ARCHITETTI: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE FUTURE

Architecture jumps out at us today. Like a tiger, like a wild animal that we no longer know how to tame, that we no longer know how to put in a cage. So, we must ride the tiger. Architecture is born from sometimes chance encounters with clients, unexpected dialogues with people, and finds the necessary answers in the work of a studio. It is the miracle of a drawing made by many hands, which becomes a construction. Then everyone can recognize the piece of work done and is moved, because today that line has become a house, a hotel, an office, and so on. So, recounting our architecture is a way of making an autobiography of many people, brought together by architecture under one roof. The tale looks not only at the past, but also and above all at the future, because doing architecture is everyone’s chosen destiny. Or perhaps everyone has been chosen by architecture and dragged into the game without almost realising it. Then you look back and realise that there has been a change in living, also thanks to us and our role as interpreters of a wider and faster change…

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60TH SALONE DEL MOBILE — TREND ’22: NATURE,

ART&CRAFT, SUSTAINABILITY

Wehave witnessed a great attention to the rediscovery of traditional workmanship, search for more natural materials, colors and workmanship, linked to local traditions or techniques of the past. Young companies, which in this type of research find a way to express their niche creativity and reconcile it with still limited production capacities. However, it is now also an increasingly important choice for industrial-type companies, which find their distinctive element in the combination of craftsmanship and industrial production. Therefore, new Musts with the flavor of tradition are imposing themselves, such as the paradigm of — Refinement and Naturalness — in which the search for natural materials and processes handed down by the historical tradition of the brand create new absolutely contemporary contents that cross a demand increasingly attentive to the environment, well-being and the aesthetics of the so-called “contemporary classic,” reassuring and guaranteeing taste and style at the same time. The colors of the woods, the upholstery covers, are markedly naturally inspired: untreated wood but also untreated metals, warm and soft colors, materials with low environmental impact and so on. Other Must-haves are represented by blends-multimaterials- that go into enriching the finished product. Choosing 100% natural may not always work, because natural materials…

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COMMON THREAD BETWEEN E-COMMERCE AND

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WORK: AN INCREASINGLY SCARCE RESOURCE… TRAINING: THE ANTIDOTE TO SCARCITY!

From recent surveys, the Italian provinces with the sharpest price decrease in the residential sector were Oristano, Isernia, Forli, Sondrio and Biella. By contrast, prices in the most sought-after cities such as Milan, Florence and Venice hold. The highest market demands are concentrated in Rome, Milan, Genoa, Palermo and Messina. Rising costs in large cities lead to increased sales in suburbs or small towns. In a country where real estate can lose up to 20 percent of its value due to inflation, involve a great deal of expenses and taxes, and where taking out a mortgage means creating a large debt with a bank, effectively “losing” or locking up liquidity that could be invested in something else, this idea of the easy and lucrative investment cannot exist…

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