June 2021

As of this exclusively on-line edition, l’Arca International’s publishing staff provides monthly news and updates about new projects worthy of a briefly and succinct mention. All readers can contribute by sending projects and images to redaction@groupep.mc   redazione@groupep.mc.


The Jacques Rougerie Foundation, 2020 International Architecture and Art Prize

MDO.MONTECARLO PRIZE 2022, new edition, new concept

MECHATRONICS, A NEW SUBJECT by Cesare M. Casati

For two thousand years people have been building their homes and cities using a few simple construction-structural techniques. First of all it was wood, then stone and then bricks. Next came reinforced concrete and then finally iron.  


The Moon Village, project by SOM and ESA  


Aska™ Air-Mobility Vehicle, Aska Fly 

 

Iron, concrete, bricks and other components are now the means architecture uses to create some stylistically and structurally astounding designs. I think architecture has experimented with every available creative-formal variable in designing complex structures (for inhabiting or otherwise), which are increasingly exciting and innovatively eye-catching. 


Rocco Design, iADC Design Museum, Shenzhen, China 

Zuecca Projects + Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes, Tropicalia ©Octav Tirziu


Dominique Perrault Architecte, Shenzhen Institute of Design and Innovation, China
 

One example of this is Zaha Hadid, a modern-day maestro, who managed to construct buildings in unexpected shapes, forms and surfaces that set the benchmark for hybrid types of architectural experimentation worldwide, although the building methods are always the same: reinforced concrete or iron structures supporting transparent or opaque membranes to create a basic form. 


Artwork Italian Heritage by Kerasan


Monaco Art Week, Monaco


All this is happening while ignoring the fact that the building industry has, at the same time, been busy constructing gigantic sailing, flying or travelling structures of the highest technical calibre that have absolutely nothing in common with the current systems used for constructing buildings. Let’s not forget that the 2010 Nobel Prize went to two physicists, Andrej Gejm and Konstantin Novosëlov from Manchester University, for discovering “Graphene”. Read all

Ronan & Erwan Bouloullec, Rope chair by Artek


Lucie Koldová, Manta by mmcité

Tushbutton sensor 4, by Gira

Dean Skira, Lun-Up Evo by iGuzzini Illuminazione


GO Outdoor Table by Lanscapeforms


Karim Rashid, Cyborg Outdoor by Martinelli Luce


Pinifarina, Miraggio by Corà Parquet 

Mawi SPA  by Glass1989