When it comes to Expo 2015, Milan seems to be unaffected by the economic crisis. Giovanna Dunmall describes the event as ‘an extravagant temple to consumption, waste and the corporate dollar’. However, at the same time, Expo 2015 was the perfect opportunity for other cultural institutions to open their doors, three of which are highlighted in Mark #57.
Monica Zerboni delves into OMA’s Prada Foundation, a new museum fit for Italy’s fashion capital, injecting a dash of gleaming culture into a rundown industrial area. In the trendy design quarter southwest of the city centre, the controversial Mudec is no longer tied to its original architect, David Chipperfield, who requested his name be removed from the museum’s publicity. Finally, in the Isola district, Baukuh – one of Italy’s youngest and dynamic studios – designed Casa della Memoria, a building that aims to preserve Italy’s past.
At our next stop, Barcelona, we visit Josep Ferrando’s recent project, a ‘house within a house’. Then we head up to Scandinavia for two cultural venues both designed by Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen: Dokk1, a public library in Denmark and Malmö Live, a concert hall in Sweden.
We then move to Los Angeles – where Eric Owen Moss’ Pterodactyl building has finally landed – and we talk about Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Broad Museum which animates LA’s cultural axis. A conversation with LA-based psychotherapist, Rachel Melvald, reveals how she helps architects and their clients. In New York, Michael Webb speaks to Raj Patel, who leads the acoustic consulting team of Arup in the Americas.
Mass Design Group addresses the spread of cholera with an infrastructural hospital in Port-au-Prince. As Atelier ST Architecture celebrates their tenth anniversary, Florian Heilmeyer converses with the young and successful couple behind the firm. Stefano Boeri, designer of the Vertical Forest in Milan, discusses books which influenced him and on how literature has made an impact on his life as an architect.
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