Architectures of Peace

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Peace is not compared to its opposite, nor is it about considering philosophical or religious meaning, or authoritarianism and its modes of expression, nor to outline possibilities in the future.

It is about favouring a reading that allows the importance of the concreteness of work to emerge, of solidarity and tolerance, as well as of doubt and of prudence in judgement.

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In this issue the focus is on the role of architecture in relation to peace, understanding the latter as a condition that is constantly negotiated, an ongoing process.
“Peace” is not compared to its opposite, nor is it referred to as the celebration of memories or events. It is not about considering philosophical or religious meaning, or authoritarianism and its modes of expression, nor to outline possibilities in the future. It is about favouring literature that allows the importance of the concreteness of work to emerge, of solidarity and tolerance, as well as of doubt and of prudence in judgement. Practices, those, that speak about dialogue, which grow out of “being together” and become, at the same time, the most effective expression of the art of being together; they take shape in the public space, and architecture has a lot to do with it.
The intricate course of history reminds us that peace is a human invention, a patient, continuous construction. And is precisely the value of construction as a time for sharing – of knowledge, of cultures – that the projects presented in this issue promote, as those of, Emilio Caravatti, working for years in Africa in the making of the concreteness of construction, a place of encounter and dialogue. Anne Feenstra, who actively promotes a participative process of reconstruction in Afghanistan – to whom we extend our best wishes for the 2012 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture sponsored by the Locus Fund –, Killian Doherty, Febrik, Archis Interventions and many others.

Contains an exclusive conversation with Renzo Piano with Luca Sampò for Boundaries: «Peace is a bit like a city, it is built piece by piece».

With contributions from: Anne Feenstra, Emilio Caravatti, Tyin tegnestue Architects, 2A+P/A, IaN+, ma0/emmeazero, Febrik, Killian Doherty, Renzo Piano, Foster + Partners, West 8, TAMassociati, Alberto Varas, PWP Landscape Architecture, Akin Afolayan.

Boundaries is a quarterly magazine on sustainable, socially engaged and humanitarian architecture. Each issue is monographic, with full texts in English and Italian (facing), and all articles are accompanied by notes and a bibliography for further reading. ISSN 2239-0332.

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05/03/2014

Un atto di coraggio!

«Dopo aver sfogliato le sue pagine, quel titolo di copertina, «Boundaries», nero su bianco, può sembrare quasi una provocazione. In questa rivista, nata da appena un anno e al suo terzo numero, si coglie immediatamente l'intenzione, quasi una sfida, da parte dei suoi fondatori, di allontanare, se possibile negare, quella linea immaginaria che delimita i confini del nostro abituale modo di osservare l'architettura attraverso la pubblicistica del settore. È davvero un atto di coraggio, di cui si sentiva la mancanza: una rivista ricca di contributi internazionali [...] che documenta attraverso progetti, immagini e lo scorrere di un testo bilingue, esperienze raramente esplorate, soprattutto in Italia [...] Speriamo sia l'inizio di un lungo cammino, ispiratore di visioni non convenzionali».

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05/03/2014

Sorprendente!

«Domus, Abitare, Casabella, l'Arca: le riviste d'architettura sono milanesi, come il design e la moda. La collocazione meneghina delle loro redazioni ha ben conosciute cause storiche, economiche, culturali che ne spiegano l'origine. E per questo è tanto più sorprendente la nascita a Roma di un trimestrale di sguardo internazionale [...] Boundaries lancia due segnali: Roma può partecipare ad un confronto senza frontiere puntando su un'architettura quasi ignorata dalle riviste patinate; giovani appassionati possono superare certe inerzie ambientali e vivacizzare la realtà culturale che a Roma, nel campo dell'architettura, si limita a qualche presentazione di libri ed a conferenze negli "interiors" universitari».

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05/03/2014

Peace !

«A few months ago I looked at the first two issues of Boundaries, a magazine out of Italy that develops a theme for each issue. "Contemporary Architecture in Africa" and "Architectures for Emergencies" are followed by "Architectures of Peace." It's clear where the focus of Boundaries lies: it's the humanitarian and under-served in the realm of architecture. Editor Luca Sampò is obviously not alone in this regard, as more organizations and firms dedicate themselves to architecture and design for the 99%, if you will. Regardless, in an issue like "Architecture of Peace" one can still find projects by Norman Foster, Daniel Libeskind, and Moshe Safdie, alongside lesser-known names like TYIN tegnestue Architects, Febrik, and Killian Doherty. In this regard it is the theme that prevails, not a particular type of architecture addressing such an idea as complex as peace».

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Peace is not compared to its opposite, nor is it about considering philosophical or religious meaning, or authoritarianism and its modes of expression, nor to outline possibilities in the future.

It is about favouring a reading that allows the importance of the concreteness of work to emerge, of solidarity and tolerance, as well as of doubt and of prudence in judgement.

English edition.

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