1 October 2017
Tehran: Life Within Walls, is out now from Hatje Cantz. The book, authored by Francesco Marullo, Hamed Khosravi and myself, with the graphic design by Marco Ugolini, explores the interiorised nature of Tehran's political space. From the blurb: "When public space is policed and controlled, domestic interiors become art galleries, clubs, cultural centers, workshops, and offices. Interiors cease to be the exclusive domain for individual life and family matters; homes become the spaces in which new forms of collective life are experimented and nurtured, and the battleground for social conflicts and political constituencies." In the appendix, the book presents six projects by Golnar Abbasi, Mochammed Yusni Aziz, Claudio Cuneo, Lei Mao, Olivia Marra, Jooyoun Yoon.
28 December 2016
I am glad to announce that This Thing Called Theory, edited by Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo and George Themistokleous and published by Routledge is out and available for order. The book includes my chapter "Which 'humanism'? On the Italian Theory of Architecture 1951-1969", tracing the (de-)territorialisations of architectural theory between Italy, Germany and the UK around the legacy of Renaissance architecture. For a preview, see here.
1 Oct 2016
On October 8th, Behemoth Press in collaboration with Associazione Culturale chì-na, will host a one-day international symposium on migrations, labour and the city. The event is part of the extended programme of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, and it was realised with the support of Creative Industries Fund NL. For more information, see the OAT2016 official website.
20 May 2016
Behemoth Press, in collaboration with The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design is pleased to announce a one-day symposium entitled Exquisite Corpse: Architecture Assembled. Distinguished international practitioners and educators will explore the assembly of contemporary architectural production, from drawing and text to collage and montage. Inspired by the Surrealists’ cadavre exquis, they will examine and question the conventions of authorship, coherency, predictability, individualism, and composition.
Topics will include the history and theory of collage and montage; the architectural plan, from its political and administrative uses to its technical and generative manifestations; drawing as both a reflective and projective tool; the interrelations between text, image, and narration; the influence of everyday routines of architectural design and culture; the architectural drawing in the age of outsourcing; and post-digital representation and new forms of architectural projection.
Participants will include Craig Buckley, Stefano De Martino, Alejandra Celedón Forster, Gabriele Mastrigli, Martino Tattara, Sam Jacob, principal, Sam Jacob, Samuel Stewart-Halevy, and Elia Zenghelis.
23 March 2016
Matteo Mannini and Behemoth Press were invited to collaborate to the project Between East & West: A Guif for the Kuwait Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale.
The Project, curated by Hamed Bukhamseen and Ali Karimi, maps the contested geography of over 300 islands in the Persian Gulf, and features design interventions from young and established architecture practices in the region, towards the definition of a masterplan.
5 February 2016
On Wednesday 10th February I will be at the AA for a seminar on the controversial legacies of Hannes Meyer.
The seminar is part of a series organised by the “City-Architecture” PhD program in Design, headed by Pier Vittorio Aureli.
For more information, see here.
20 December 2015
The article traces the concepts developed in Meyer's teaching and writings between 1926 and 1933, and maps their legacy in the development architectural theory till today.
14 December 2015
On Friday 18th Francesco and I will be at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture the final reviews of our studio on Genoa. The studio is the second on a series on Harbour cities, which started last year with a project on Rotterdam.
Jeroen Visschers and Hamed Khosravi will give their crits to the projects. Presentations start at 18 at the Innovation Dock, RDM Campus, Rotterdam.
15 November 2015
On Friday 20th November I will be presenting a paper at the 12th AHRA Conference at Leeds Beckett university, organised by Teresa Stoppani, Doreen Bernath, Branden Engel, Giorgio Ponzo and George Themistokleus.
My presentation is a preliminary exploration on the possibility of defining Italian theory in architecture, and it will deal with the postwar theories on Renaissance architecture.
My abstract, and the conference's program can be found here.
23 September 2015
Volume #45 Learning is out now. Behemoth Press has contributed with an introduction to a rare piece by Elia Zenghelis, on the 1975 controversy at the AA over tenure and unionisation for teachers. Zenghelis' position might have seemed untimely and aristocratic at that time, yet it anticipated today's uprooted and precarious condition of teaching and learning architecture.
The piece is part of Behemoth Press' ongoing research on the work and teachings of the Greek-British architects, with the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL and TU Delft.
11 September 2015
On Septeber 12th, 2015 Behemoth will honoured to celebrate CAMPO's grand opening in Rome, as part of the exhibition "The Supreme Achievement". Campo is a gallery and a debate platform for architecture conceived by Maria S. Giudici and Davide Sacconi.
Twelve international offices were called to take provocative position on the contemporary metropolitan condition, following the format of Superstudio's 1971 "Twelve Ideal Cities," through an image and a short text. Behemoth responded with Penelope, an exploration on a post-work, post-debt corporate possible future.
Check the press release on Campo's website.