Tales of Exception

Tales of Exception is the final reel with selected contributions of State of Exception Instagram Call, screened onto the Corderie dell’Arsenale Stage D in occasion of the second day of the State of Exception Weekend Special, Monditalia, 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (August 23-24 2014), on invitation by the artistic director Rem Koolhaas. (press release)

Live panelists in Corderie dell’Arsenale, Stage D:
Luca Silenzi – Rule, derogation and exception in architecture
Paolo Bettini – Preservation and tanathophobia
Fabrizio Gallanti – Usucapio | I fought the law and the law won
Joseph Grima – Italian exceptions
Manuel Orazi – Critical editions
Socks Studio (Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli) – The atemporal condition
Renata Codello – Dealing with architectural glassware
Lucia Allais – The Italo-globalization of preservation
Ippolito Pestellini + James Westcott (OMA/AMO) – RE-

Guest contributors:
Davide Tommaso FerrandoThe italianness of Italian landscape
Cruz Garcia – Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Think Tank)Manifesto Without Qualities
Cherubino GambardellaCrime in Casa Malaparte
SMALL (Rossella Ferorelli + Alessandro Cariello)Margherita. Story of a theatre whatever the coast
Carmelo Baglivo
Luca Galofaro
Evangelina Guerra Lujàn (TheNomad)
Luigi Manzione
Ethel Barahona Pohl

State of Exception is a project curated by Spacelab, with the art direction by Folder.

(image credits, when not specified, belong to the respective authors)

Luca Silenzi: a prologue for WAI’s “Pure Hardcore Icons” manifesto

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Form, substance is the prologue written by Luca Silenzi for Pure Hardcore Icons (Artifice Books, London 2013), a manifesto on pure form in architecture conceived by the Beijing-Paris-based WAI Architecture Think Tank (Cruz Garcia+Nathalie Frankowski).

The text is a perspective on the dialectic between form and architecture, deepening the fascination of some primitive, timeless formal concepts inside the mind of designers, jury members and clients.

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