Monday, July 02, 2018

Venice: Palazzo Franchetti – Richard Rogers Book Launch

Book Launch
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti  - Palazzo Franchetti
Richard Rogers – Un Posto per Tutti
Vita, Architettura e Societa Giusta

At Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti  - Palazzo Franchetti, the book launch of the Italian version, of architect Richard Rogers’s  autobiography Un Posto per Tutti  Vita, Architettura e Societa Giusta - A Place for All People: Life, Architecture and the Fair Society – published by Johan and Levi Editore. Much more than a simple autobiography, this book is a “jazz improvisation” in which personal memories and ideas for a better society are amalgamated, with projects, drawings and photographs, collaborations and disputes.  Lord Rogers expresses his passion for big cities and public spaces, his love for family and friends, his trust in education and active citizenship.

"I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of the old one.”
John Cage

Richard Rogers

  Credit - Katsuhisa Kida, courtesy RSHP – Johan and Levi


Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano
Centre Pompidou – Paris

The front elevation of the Centre Pompidou, designed as a friendly robot, not a classic temple, its spaces and structures adaptable not determinate.


Richard Rogers – Un Posto per Tutti
Vita, Architettura e Societa Giusta

Richard Rogers, is the visionary and award-winning architect, author of some of the most daring projects of the twentieth century: from the Centre Pompidou in Paris with Renzo Piano, to Leadenhall and Lloyd's Building in London, from the Palais de Justice of Bordeaux to the Millennium Dome. Lord Rogers talked with architect Mario Cucinella, curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Exhibition of Architecture of Venice, and was moderated by architect Manuel Orazi.

  Lord Rogers and Giovanna Forlanelli Rovati

Aud Cunibert and Ruthie Rogers

  Grant Smith - courtesy RSHP – Johan and Levi

The Millennium Dome – London

The Dome was supported by 12 steel masts to represent the 12 months of the year, and had a diameter of 365 meters.  Electrical and other services were housed in external towers, to maximize flexibility of the internal space, now used as a music and events arena.


Margherita Alvera and Manuel Orazi

Barbara Foscari and Paola Marini

  Richard Bryant/Arcaid Images, courtesy RSHP – Johan and Levi


Leadenhall Building

The unmistakable leaning profile of the Leadenhall Building insures a clear view of St. Paul’s Catherderal.


Mario Cucinella and Mara Sartore

Caterina Carpinato Cingano and Ketty Alvera


  courtesy RSHP – Johan and Levi


The Autonomous House

The Autonomous House that Richard Rogers Partnership designed for Steve Martin in 1978 was a prototype for a building that could be self sufficient, in terms of power, heat and water, enabling life off-grid in the Colorado Mountains.

Cristina Beltrami, Flavia Fossa Margutti, Maria Rita Cerilli and Alexia Boro

  Katsuhisa Kida - courtesy RSHP – Johan and Levi


Palais de Justice – Bordeaux

Inside on of the courtrooms in Bordeaux: the roof allows for natural light and air circulation, without allowing overheating.  Using wood – a new approach for the practice – created a balance between formality of courtrooms, and the human scale of crafted objects.

Paolo and Isabella Alvera


Giovanni Rubin de Cervin Albrizzi

  Janet Gill/Nikki Trott, courtesy RSHP – Johan and Levi


The Lloyd’s Building

The escalators create a sense of drama as they rise alongside the massive concrete columns, above the trading floor and the Lutine Bell, which used to be rung to signal good or bad news to brokers.

Elena Barbalich and Maria Novella dei Carraresi 

Riccardo Franchini

"This book is part memoir, part architectural chronology but above all it is Richard. A thinker, a generous colleague, a loving family man, a politician, a loyal friend, a man of culture, an architect. Richard's ideas and methodology are generously shared, teaching us how to think beyond architecture and written in language that is refreshingly public."
Amanda Levete

The Canal Grande



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