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RESERVOIR (Ascesa) by John Grade Studio

Arte Sella Sculpture Park, Borgo Valsugana, Trento, Italy.

Suspended above a clearing in a grove of pine trees, Reservoir is made up of five thousand individually heat-formed, clear droplets framed in steam-bent wood. The delicate droplets are attached to a pair of clear filament nets that are supported by tree trunks above. As rainwater or snow accumulates in the droplets, the position and shape of the nets lower and change. As collected water evaporates, the sculpture rises back to its original configuration. Sheathed springs below pulleys limit vertical range of motion so the sculpture remains at least ten feet above the ground. Even a very light rain creates enough downward movement to be comprehended visually by viewers below. When dry, the sculpture weighs 70 pounds. When filled by a heavy rainfall, the sculpture can exceed 800 pounds.
Periodically the sculpture will be manually manipulated to rise and fall to engage with the movements initiated by dancers. The varied topography surrounding the site of the sculpture offers viewers both a vantage directly below the cloud-like mass as well as a view looking across the mid-line of the sculpture slightly above its changing center of mass.

RESERVOIR (Ascesa) from John Grade on Vimeo.

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Photolux 2018 | Lucca

Lucca, November 17 – December 9, 2018

© Ronaldo Schemidt, “Venezuela Crisis”, 2017

Tokyo Tsukiji © Nicola Tanzini

Svetlana © Mary Gelman

© Adam Ferguson for The New York Times – WPP 2018

Photolux Festival is the International Festival of Photography that takes place in Lucca, Tuscany.
As a symbol of the project, they chose Light, the essence of Photography. In today’s world, where we are constantly bombarded by a plethora of images, PHOTOLUX, like a camera obscura of old times, aims to display a clear and well-defined selection of work from the international photographic scene.
With its energetic and innovative outlook, PHOTOLUX aspires to be a crossroads of exchange for renowned masters, experts and photography lovers, while also shedding light on new and emerging talents, as well as cutting edge artistic practices.

PROGRAM 2018 here


Mina: I Look Street Style Anni 60 e Anni 70

Dedicato a Mina. Il numero di ottobre di Vogue Italia festeggia i 60 anni di carriera della cantante e celebra il suo stile, nelle versione “originale” e nella reintepretazione di Gisele Bündchen.

Mina, diva degli Anni 60 e 70. Mina, mito assoluto della musica italiana. Mina icona di stile. Uno stile più che riconoscibile, a partire dal make up fino alle mise che hanno fatto la storia della TV italiana in quei fortunati anni.

Ma com’erano i suoi look quando era lontano dal palcoscenico? ha selezionato una serie di scatti street style che ritraggono la Tigre di Cremona – come è soprannominata – nella sua vita privata. Nelle foto si può notare l’evoluzione di stile che parte dalle silhouette ad A degli Anni 60 fino ad arrivare alla linea svasata Seventy style.


Luca Bacchetti’s guide to the Apulia region

Italy is without a doubt one of the most picturesque countries in Europe.

Known for its delicious food and wine, rich history and huge culture, the Mediterranean country attracts more than 15 million tourist per month in the summer.

Though there’s more to Italy than gastronomy and history. The country’s nature is equally impressive – from the Alps in the northern region of Tyrol to the the lush vineyards of Tuscany in the heart of the country, going all the way to the breathtaking islands of Sicily and Sardinia in the south.

Aside from Rome, Naples and Sicily, the south of the country is also famous for being home to the sun-kissed region of Apulia.

Also known as Puglia, this region boasts the longest mainland coastline in the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto. Apulia is also famous for its olives, with the region’s up to 60 million olive trees generating as much as 40% of the country’s olive oil output.

Nature and food aside, Apulia offers some of the most incredible beaches in the country. With Salento, Gallipoli, Vieste and Polignano a Mare all nested in the region, it’s no wonder Apulia plays host to some of the best sunsets you can see in Italy.

This August, Apulia will also host the Italian edition of international music festival Corona Sunsets. The Italian episode of the international outdoor festival will be headlined by Israeli house stalwart Guy Gerber, South African house hero Culoe de Song and French live maestro Rodriguez Jr. and London-based DJ and producer Kidnap.

In addition, Corona Sunsets Italy will also see performances by Amsterdam-based melodic house DJ Miss Melera and local hero Luca Bacchetti.

Just a couple of weeks before his performance at the festival, Luca has compiled a special guide to Apulia, which will help festival-goers experience the magic of the region to the fullest.

Places to visit

Alberobello, which literally means beautiful tree is a small town in Apulia. The town is famous for its unique trullo (plural: trulli) buildings – a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. The trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Polignano a Mare, located on the Adriatic Sea, is a town of Greek origins. It overlooks the Adriatic sea, standing on a steep rocky cliff cut by a deep gorge. Because of the karst nature of the cliff, there is a number of caves that were inhabited by the prehistoric men. Among these marine caves the Palazzese grotta, is the most enchanting one and is an absolute must-see.

The gorgeous port of Porto Bianco, located just on the edges of Polignano A Mare, is a perfect location to shoot all your lovely Insta-worthy shots of the town and the crystal clear waters of the sea.

The beautiful Castro is imbued with history and legends. It is perched on a precipitous cliff, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, 48 km away from Lecce and, stretching towards the sea, it becomes a marina awarded the Blue Flag.

Down below, Castro Marina comes alive in the summer months, with bars, restaurants and cafés opening up along the seafront. The little harbour, usually home only to the town’s small fishing fleet, welcomes impressive yachts and pleasure boats. A majestic opening in a sheer sea cliff near Castro welcomes you to the Zinzulusa Cave, one of Salento’s most impressive karstic phenomena.

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Refettorio Felix _ London _ Massimo Bottura


There’s a powerful synergy to Refettorio Felix: the energy and drive of chef Massimo Bottura, the empathy of designer Ilse Crawford, and the tireless conviction of The Felix Project. But, as with most powerful ideas, the end result adds up to even more than its individual components. As Bottura puts it: “London is a city full of challenges and inequalities. Food waste is rampant. There are growing concerns about food poverty and social isolation. Refettorio Felix is not just a place where people come to eat a meal. It is a place for inclusion, engagement, and sharing, where everyone can feel welcomed and be inspired.”

Bottura’s idea to serve food to those in need using surplus ingredients is one of those accidents which turned into a powerful doctrine for life. In 2015, the celebrated Italian chef put his three Michelin stars to radical use by opening a temporary soup kitchen in Milan called Refettorio Ambrosiano. The idea was to highlight food surplus and waste, while feeding the vulnerable. The only thing that’s changed about the project’s mantra is that it’s no longer temporary, and it has taken off worldwide. Bottura says that the moment he realised that he’d created something unstoppable was when one of his chef friends visited the Refettorio Ambrosiano. “René Rezdepi came to cook in Milan, and he said: ‘You know Massimo, this is for life.’ And yes, he was right.” Bottura and his wife Lara founded Food for Soul with the aim of taking their vision of good food, cooked well, and set about fighting food waste and feeding the hungry anywhere in the world that wanted their help. “In 2016, we built Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics. Soup kitchens were closed to hide the so-called ‘ugly’ side of the city from the spotlight of such an important occasion. So, we decided to open our community kitchen.” It’s a typical Bottura gesture – those in charge wanted to hide poverty and deprivation, he wanted to highlight it.

Refettorio Felix opened at St Cuthbert’s in Kensington, London this year, serving lunch to around 100 people a day. First, the space had to be transformed from what had been a functional, slightly dismal community space. This is where designer and creative director Ilse Crawford of Studioilse came in. She worked pro bono, and persuaded furniture and design companies to donate their chairs, tables, furnishings, cutlery, and glasses. St Cuthbert’s now has that uncanny air of a place that looks familiar, yet entirely different. The walls are a darker, more calming shade, the lighting more soothing, the plants plentiful.

Crawford, revered by many in her profession, doesn’t talk like any designer I’ve ever met. In her opinion, it isn’t about how a design looks, but rather about what it does. “Design is not an aesthetic,” she argues. “It’s a methodology that allows you to find the right answer. Staying the same is never the right answer.” It’s a powerful mantra, and one which fits Bottura’s vision entirely. As Crawford says: “If you have the energy of Massimo and our team, it’s like a kind of magic. Our interest is to make spaces that make people happy.” Crawford, who’s also head of the Man and Wellbeing design course at Eindhoven University, has created a mind map of provocative words for her students, which uses phrases such as ‘the fight to be human’, ‘things that last’, ‘make the normal special’, ‘together through food’, and ‘we are the system’, all of which, perhaps not surprisingly, suit Refettorio Felix perfectly. She also, against expectations, likes the idea that people might appropriate her ideas. “You have to be prepared to be copied if you want to make an impact,” she says. “We have to let go of the idea that we are the only people that can do it. It’s about creating the framework. We often try to do too much, but if you create a frame, people can fill it. There’s no shortage of people who want to help, if the system is there. I’m optimistic and pragmatic. Someone has to do it, start it – Massimo has started the thing. He’s doing it in a viral way, and he wants
people to copy him.”

The third, vital part of Refettorio Felix is, of course, Felix himself. Felix Byam Shaw was only 14 years old when he died suddenly from meningitis in 2014. He was a remarkable boy whom his friends and family adored. Ask anyone who knew him, and they all say the same thing: he was full of kindness and compassion for others. The Felix Project was founded to celebrate those qualities, and now a fleet of Felix vans, driven by volunteers, collects surplus food from supermarkets each morning and delivers it to centres for the homeless and vulnerable. Refettorio Felix is one of those places.

If there’s one gesture that embodies everything that Bottura, Crawford, and The Felix Project try to do, it’s that those who eat at Refettorio Felix have their food brought to them at the table. Bottura puts it like this: “Our guests include both the homeless, and individuals and families in situations of food poverty, food insecurity, and social vulnerability. By using quality tableware and restaurant style service, we want to make each guest feel valued and bring a sense of dignity back to the table.” His conviction that people should not have to queue for their food, but rather be served, came to him when he opened the original refettorio in Milan. “I still remember the very first nights there, when people were silently sitting at the table and eating their meals. A couple of guests barely spoke to each other. But a few weeks later, every night was a huge party; guests, volunteers, and chefs were sharing the same table and the same meal. We knew each other by name. Hospitality can lead to social inclusion through the simple gesture of serving meals at the table and saying, ‘Hi, how was the soup?’”

On the day that Refettorio Felix opened, Bottura himself cooked, and fittingly, began with soup. “It was a great responsibility. We served a soup that I called ‘Soup of Everything’, because it was the result of many different vegetables enriched with a broth made from Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rinds. Then we served pasta with pesto sauce, made with humble breadcrumbs instead of pine nuts; and finally, we served an Earl-Grey-tea-and-biscuits ice cream to honour the wonderful food culture of the UK. But this meal is only one example among many others created by the chefs and the resident kitchen team following the same principles — it is healthy and nutritious; it is seasonal, thanks to the products that The Felix Project delivers to our door every morning; it is made by recovering food surplus; it is genuine and heart warming; and it is delicious.” In many ways, that first meal sums up this remarkable venture by bringing together passionate volunteers who are trying to make things better for others, whilst honouring the legacy of a boy everyone loved. It really is a ‘Soup of Everything’.

WORDS: Charlie Lee-Potter
PHOTOS: Rory Gardiner

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Renzo Piano’s italian bank tower contains a public bioclimatic greenhouse
Photo by Enrico Cano

Towering 166 meters above Turin, an office building for the italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo has opened its doors after five years of construction. Designed by Renzo Piano building workshop, the scheme is conceived as an ‘environmental and social laboratory’, positioned at the center of a range of public services.
The tower comprises three levels of parking garages, a storey of utility rooms and a sunken garden, around which are the company restaurant and kindergarten are organized. above ground, the building accommodates 26 storeys of office space in addition to a floor for training, which includes spaces and services open to the public.

An adjoining area of parkland has been upgraded and transformed into a engaging space, with trees of different heights, lawns and neighborhood functions. access to the garden from the adjacent street is provided by a public gallery that traverses the entrance hall on the ground floor.
Within the design, a multi-purpose 364-seat conference room can be transformed into an flexible exhibition hall, able to accommodate a range of events owing to its variable acoustics. Higher up, the bioclimatic greenhouse, naturally ventilated, welcomes the public on three levels: a restaurant with adjoining garden, the exhibition hall, and the roof terrace.
The building is the result of advanced research intended to take advantage of natural energy sources. ground water is used for cooling the offices, while solar power is captured by the photovoltaic panels covering the tower’s southern façade. a double-skin glass façade makes it possible to limit heat loss in winter, and is controlled through a system of apertures and solar screens with motorized louvers, which control irradiation and lighting in work areas.
the building must become part of the daily life of the city,’ explains renzo piano. ‘the citizens must accept it and use it in their day-to-day lives. for this reason, the last three floors are open to all.’

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#Thousandpeople-Genova art district project shooting strangers in the hurt of Genova

#‎Thousandpeople‬ exhibition Milano Bastione porta Venezia 2015
For info and personal shooting +39.010.899.69.67

Dietro ogni sguardo, ogni ruga si nasconde una storia degna di essere raccontata e il fotografo Emanuele Timothy Costa ha voluto partire da questa idea per realizzare il progetto #Thousandpeople.
Il fotografo genovese (1977) ha ritratto gli abitanti della sua città per compiere un viaggio nella multiculturalità che valorizzi la diversità e l’uguaglianza. Davanti al suo obiettivo hanno posato casalinghe, senzatetto, avvocati, bambini, turisti e tanti altri volti che vanno a creare un complesso mosaico umano.
La mostra si svolge all’interno della nuova edizione del Festival del cinema africano, d’Asia e America Latina che si svolge a Milano fino al 10 maggio 2015. Oltre a #Thousandpeople, la rassegna ospita anche le mostre di Joan Bardeletti e Alfredo Bini.


1) Aroma, Rome: Avoid the crowds and sit high above the Roman ruins, with a picturesque scene of the ancient Colosseum.

2) Le Loft, Vienna: Inside the Sofitel hotel in Vienna is Le Loft: a high-rise restaurant fit for the artful city. With a mosaic ceiling and tall glass windows, Le Loft offers modern cuisine using local ingredients.

3) Sixty-Five, New York: Enjoy cocktails and bar bites at the newly opened Sixty-Five, located on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Take in the soaring panoramic view of every iconic New York City skyscraper.

4) Sushi Samba, London: Sushi Samba may be a chain, but its London outpost is located on the 38th and 39th floors of a towering skyscraper. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels offer guests the opportunity to overlook the old-meets-new architecture of London, with a side of Japanese-meets-Brazilian-meets-Peruvian cuisine.

5) Vertigo and Moon Bar, Bangkok: Sixty-one stories above the glittering city of Bangkok is Vertigo and Moon Bar, located in the Banyan Tree hotel. The open-air grill serves a selection of steaks, seafood, salads and tropical cocktails.

6) Le Jules Verne, Paris: Consider the Eiffel Tower your rooftop in Paris—Le Jules Verne is the monument’s official restaurant and overlooks the city of lights while serving a prix-fix menu by famed chef Alain Ducasse.

7) Spago, Istanbul: Wolfgang Puck’s newly opened Spago restaurant in Istanbul is located at the top of the St. Regis hotel. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer views of the historic city with a traditional menu serving everything from hand-cut tortellini to a roasted baby beet salad.

8) White Rabbit, Moscow: Perhaps the most whimsical restaurant in all of Moscow, White Rabbit serves a tasting menu inspired by the chef’s travels, which look equally like something out of Alice in Wonderland: think glass test tubes full of flavored liquid on ice, and sorbet served on an artful wooden basket. Located under a paneled glass dome, the restaurant offers sun-streaked views of the Kremlin.

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