Friday, 24 November 2017

Blue Ufalei, Red Porphyry and Green Aluminium: The Polychrome World of Socialist Metro Systems

Exclusively for Saturated Space, a new text by Owen Hatherley

"Creating light-filled spaces dozens of metres under the ground is inherently difficult. From the 1930s until the 1990s, Metro stations across eastern Europe responded to this with multicoloured station halls, lined with exotically coloured materials, creating a surreal wonderland in the bowels of the earth."

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Art of Pure Colour

Exclusively for Saturated Space, a new text by Valentino Danilo Matteis

"J. W. Root was one of the main figures in the history of Chicago architecture. This paper explores his theories on a colouristic approach towards building, and his extensive understanding of the contemporary debate in art and architecture through the example of his masterpiece, the Monadnock, a rather misunderstood building that condensed many of the architect’s ideas, but was deprived of others, above all its -and Root’s- astonishing sense of colour."

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Aldo Rossi & Colour

“Souvenir d'Afrique”, Aldo Rossi, Tessiture Sarde, Storea editore, 1988

Jacopo Costanzo introduces us to the rich chromatic world of Rossi, its relationship to personal passion, local context, and a very particular Italian lineage.