Carnets. Architecture Is Just a Pretext is a publication that resumes a large research about the state of the art of young Architecture practices in Europe. The work, dealing with architectural practices through a biographic approach, is addressing to the new direction which profession is taking in Europe among young architects.
Carnets is a research project started two years ago by eight architecture students from IUAV University of Venice. The aim is to investigate the current landscape of Architecture in Europe, after the 2008 economical crisis, through interviews, talks, round tables and workshops.
The protagonists of this research are 30 young architecture offices from around Europe.
The main purpose of the research is to investigate and discuss the conditions that surround the architect's figure, practice and role in the context of the contemporary world: its relationship to society, history and media through personal experiences, in the belief that Architecture is just a pretext.
Throughout the two years of the completed research, Carnets has mainly consisted of an editorial project in the form of two fanzines, which have been distributed for free within IUAV University of Venice in two consecutive academic years. The two fanzines were composed of 15 folded A4 each, and each A4 paper issue, published weekly, containing a written interview to one architecture office, with a drawing of the practice's workspace. Students collected them progressively in order to form their personal Carnets.
Besides the fanzine, the project was completed through the promotion of several events:
• Round tables, titled "Coming of Age", during the opening week of Architecture Venice Biennale 2018. Three consecutive evenings of discussion with the offices that have participated in the first issue of the project.
• 3 weeks long workshop in collaboration with fala atelier & Central ofaau within the frame of the international summer school W.a.Ve 2018 in Venice.
The collective decided to team up with graphic design office M-L-XL and the publisher Anteferma Edizioni, both based in Venice. The book will be carefully curated with the aim to reflect the research in the best way possible.
Carnets is a research project run by Marco Andreatta, Caterina Barbon, Gianluca Bernardi, Davide Cecconello, Andrea Cusanno, Leonardo Peressa, Tommaso Petrosino and Matteo Vianello.
30 interviews from the selected architecture studios, with more images and drawings from their workspaces:
Atelier Fanelsa, Bonell-Dóriga, Central ofaau, Fala atelier, False Mirror office, Fosbury architecture, La Macchina studio, Mertelj Vrabič arhitekti, Norell/Rodhe, OMMX, Point Supreme, Schneider Türtscher, Studio Maks, Unulaunu, Weyell-Zipse, Boano Prišmontas, Büro Kofink Schels, Conen Sigl Architekten, Dyvik Kahlen, Ganko, Konntra, Kosmos, Martinez Barat Lafore, Oasi Architects, Paradigma Ariadné, Ponto atelier, PYO Arquitectos, Raamwerk, Rloaluarnad, X = ( T = E = N ).
Images and texts from a selection of Carnets major events:
Round tables "Coming of age" and the workshop Postcards from Italian Beauty.
Essays from other guests invited to focus on several project's topics:
Mario Lupano, Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Ludovico Centis, Benjamin Gallegos Gabilondo and Marco Provinciali, Saul Marcadent.
TitleCarnets. Architecture is Just a Pretext