Venice Biennale 2012: Facecity / C+S Architects

© Pino Musi

‘ contribution, Facecity, for the 2012 Venice Biennale, gives form to the idea of the curator, Fulvio Irace, of continuity in architecture. The exhibition reconsiders the architecture of Milan in the 50s and 60s, where architects, belonging to different generations and with different positions, built the identity of the city without giving up their personal poetics.

The central topic of this thought is the facade, commented by Alberto Savinio in Ascolto il tuo cuore città, 1945: ” …On the facade of buildings is not only written their date of birth, but also written the moods, the manners, the most secret thoughts of their time…, together with the flat window, theorized by Gio Ponti as the way to shape modernity.”

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© Pino Musi

Rooted on these elements, a 15 meter long, textured wall in the pavilion houses the Facescroll, a work where the photographer Pino Musi assembled 21 Milanese buildings reduced to facade details as if they were a musical partition.

© Pino Musi

On the opposite side are the original drawings of those buildings by Gio Ponti, Magistretti, Asnago and Vender and others.

In the middle a horizontal screen, an iPad, like a translation of the window in contemporary (from the position of vertical and fixed to that of horizontal and moving, shows the videos of Francesca Molteni interviewing Carlo Cappai, Vincenzo Latina, Renzo Piano, Maria Alessandra Segantini and Attilio Stocchi, who explain their idea of continuity.

Exhibition Design: C+S Architects
Curator: Fulvio Irace
Photography: Pino Musi

Text: C+S Architects
Video: Francesca Molteni – Muse Factory of Projects
Historical archives research: Gabriele Neri
Architects invited: Carlo Cappai, Vincenzo Latina, Renzo Piano, Maria Alessandra Segantini, Attilio Stocchi

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Venice Biennale 2012: Facecity / C+S Architects" 22 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>