Italy Under Construction Stefano Pujatti, Beniamino Servino: Form Matters Exhibition

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Istituto Italiano di Cultura says
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present the exhibition "Italy under Construction; Stefano Pujatti, Beniamino Servino: Form Matters".

20 November 2015 - 22 January 2016
OPENING:
November 20, 2015 - 6:30pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron St., Toronto
Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221

TALK with two guest architects:
November 21, 2015 - 11:00 am
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Landscape and Design, Room 103

In the last ten years, two trends have gained popularity in architectural research and practice. The first one puts emphasis on the performative aspects of the building -for instance energy-, while the second trend adopts a minimalist aesthetic, retreating from expressing any trace of specificity. The conception of architectural form as a cultural and political expression has shifted to the margins of architectural discourse.

Yet in a country such as Italy, these two global trends continue to meet resistance. The resistance can be in part be understood as a long tradition of criticism that recognizes a building as a cultural and artistic artifact, rejecting architecture as an instrumental expression of function, technique, or business.

Form Matters is the first exhibition of the new series ‘Italy under Construction’ and presents the work of architect Stefano Pujatti (Elasticospa + 3, Turin) and Beniamino Servino (Caserta). Their work shares an understanding of architecture as an artistic practice linking design and local culture, focusing the task of architecture on both space making and a means of communication. Whereas the articulation of architectural form in Stefano Pujatti’s buildings suggests a work in progress, reflecting the tension between the designer’s ambitions, a client’s dream, and local conditions, Beniamino Servino’s architecture focuses on exploring the potential monumentalism hidden in the ordinariness of the abandoned urban landscape of Caserta, his hometown.

By drawing new forms and techniques from as found architectural elements and materials, their work discloses the marvelous within the ordinary, and suggests how small scale interventions can improve the space of our everyday life. Stefano Pujatti and Beniamino Servino worked together to envision a room. In between the intimate atmosphere of a studiolo and the surprise of entering in a wunderkammer, visitors will experience a fictional Italian landscape assembled from the architects built and unbuilt work.

www.daniels.utoronto.ca
Media partner: Azure Magazine
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By: Istituto Italiano di Cultura

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