The retrospective celebrating the centenary of the birth of Achille Castiglioni at the Triennale (by Patricia Urquiola and Federica Sala) is a hymn not so much to design but to life. Which is more beautiful if lived with intelligence, lightness and curiosity. This is why the real protagonists of the show are not objects but people. The people that Achille Castiglioni never forgot when he was drawing the world around them.
It is not easy to talk about the work of Lorenzo Palmeri – architect, designer, musician, author and teacher. The man who got a phone call from Lou Reed who said “I’m in love with your guitar”. An exhibition in Luxembourg now tries to illustrate Palmeri’s multi-disciplinary approach.
«The more full of tech the world is, the more it craves for ethics. Because what matters is not figuring out whether or not we must be afraid of robots, but how to manage digital society in a coordinated manner». A conversation with philosopher Luciano Floridi, director of the Digital Ethics Lab at the University of Oxford. Who in ’95 already warned: «The Internet promotes the growth of knowledge while creating forms of unprecedented ignorance».
«We think Big Techs want our clicks because they want to flock us with ads. But what they are after is the huge amount of data that is necessary to build AI services». Self-driving cars, systems to manage energy consumption, testing devices to defeat illnesses… According to activist Evgeny Morozov data is like oil: they provide private companies with immense power over States. Reason for which, they should be a “common good”.
It is not easy to talk about craftsmanship without giving in to nostalgia. Yet Homo Faber (at the Cini Foundation in Venice until September 30th) manages to do so by staging an exhibition in which the beauty of artifacts amazes less than the contemporary relevance of the craftmanship that brings them to life. Hence Homo Faber becomes the manifesto of a new culture of European know-how. In which technology serves man and not viceversa. And where talent, dexterity and experimentation create a widespread economic and social value. Designed to withstand the arrival of artificial intelligence.
Being an architect in Africa is not easy. And being a woman architect in a mainly Muslim country like Niger makes it even harder. But Mariam Kamara fought against all odds to pursue her dream: «To give the people of Niger a sense of identity and pride through architecture». And now, as winner of the Mentor and Protegé Rolex prize, she will work with David Adjaye for two years. This is her story
We all think we know how to listen. Yet we do it less and less. We cling to our positions. And (best case scenario) wait for the other to talk only to prove him wrong. But as politicians use this tendancy to gather political consensus (and oppose the creation of a collective intelligence), the lack of qualitative listening becomes a huge danger for society. One that a culture of active listening could counteract. If each of us – all included – did some honest self-analysis.
«Those who control data, AI and digital infrastructures will determine the nature of future institutions. To maintain European social models and defend values and rights, citizens must hold the reins of technology». The Smart City according to Francesca Bria, Chief Technology Officer of Barcelona
The piazza-amphitheater, where kids play. The entrance like a glass cave, surrounded by water. The staff: all young, smiling and competent (but when you find them even in the restrooms the effect is a bit Black Mirror). Apple’s first Italian flagship store, in Piazza Liberty in Milan (opening July 26): seen for you.
Strong and straight teenagers? Not anymore. Hyperkyphosis (the “hump”) is more and more common among them. And it is not (only) the fault of smartphones. We should blame an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Because even three hours of sport activities are not enough. And here is why