What future for Florence? AT THE UFFIZI. The museum without a city, scheduled for Thursday May 16 at 6 pm at the Sala delle Reali Poste of the Uffizi, is the occasion to discuss ideas, share visions and imagine the city of tomorrow. "The city of Florence, especially its historical center, is very closely tied to the Uffizi and to the masterpieces collected in its prestigious museum", the talk organizers state. "But what sort of situation can we observe from this privileged point of view?" The talk is organized by the Ordine degli Architetti di Firenze (the local Association of Architects) in collaboration with Image as part of the A FLORENCE THAT WILL BE program of public conversations and architecture videos that are open to citizens, architects, planners and city administrators to discuss ideas, share visions about new and desirable scenarios for Florence. Stefano Boeri, architect, and Michele Dantini, art critic and historian, will take part in the conversation.
We are happy to announce that on Thursday April 4 the opening party for the new Bulgari Winery, designed by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners, will take place. The estate is located among the vineyards in the outskirts of Siena, near the medieval village of San Casciano dei Bagni. Architecture finds expression by showcasing the agricultural process, making clear the stages of wine production via a beautiful yet rigorous narrative that blurs the boundary between exterior landscape and the interior linear continuity of the work space.
After a first series of meetings, which took place last October in the presence of experienced Italian observers, ARTLANDS has a new series of appointments coming up to observe and comment the experiments carried out by biologist Carlo Scoccianti in the Florentine Plains. ARTLANDS Tour #2 will take place from April 5 until May 31, 2013: a program of conferences (at the Pecci Center for Contemporary Arts in Prato) and walks (at some of the sites designed by Carlo Scoccianti) which will provide knowledge and insights into the new landscapes proposed for the Florentine Plains. Readings and interpretations that contribute to the understanding of this Tuscan experience while comparing it with initiatives underway in other regions of the planet are expected from Pedro Gadanho (Curator of Contemporary Architecture at The Museum of Modern Art in New York), Beatrice Galilee (curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale of 2013), Richard Ingersoll (architectural historian), Sébastien Marot (philosopher and critic in landscape design), Aaron Betsky (director of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and current director at the Cincinnati Art Museum). Promoted by the WWF, ARTLANDS is made in collaboration with the Region of Tuscany, the Province of Florence, the Municipalities of Campi Bisenzio and Lastra a Signa, the University of Florence, the Pecci Center for Contemporary Arts in Prato, the Consorzio di Bonifica Ombrone Pistoiese - Bisenzio, the Consorzio di Bonifica della Toscana Centrale, the Consorzio di Bonifica Area Fiorentina, Quadrifoglio, L’Isola dei Renai, Publiacqua. It is organized by Image.
The first project by Bernard Tschumi in Italy will be in Grottammare, province of Ascoli Piceno, and is intended to welcome and encourage a broader expression of creativity and culture. The schematic design highlights the remarkable quality of a building characterized by flexible space. The structure manifests itself to the visitor as both highly permeable and exceptionally receptive.
With over fifteen years’ experience in the field of architectural communication through video, Image has established a collaboration with the Ordine degli Architetti di Firenze to produce A FLORENCE THAT WILL BE: a program composed of five conversations and architectural videos that will take place in select spaces in Florence, Italy. Open to the general public, designers and artists, they are all an occasion for exchange and critique of ideas, visions, and ways to envision the city of tomorrow. The architectural videos, selected by Image ARCHIVE, are a tool that fosters a reflection on the themes that not only interest the city of Florence but speak of its present and future. A variety of experiences are laid before us to bring imagination into play. On this occasion Image confirms its commitment to the advancement of architectural ideas and projects by generating reflection and awareness of their indispensable roles as tools with which to transform any city. A FLORENCE THAT WILL BE attempts to further stimulate the Florentine administration, which has repeatedly, in recent times, shown interest in promoting change.