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19.12.2008 | News

Contemporary Stone

Book realized from collaboration between Kengo Kuma and IL CASONE
The material as an element with generates form. This is the principle from which the opera of the maestro Kengo Kuma is presented.  This exceptional volume, proposes the research conducted on stone which is the material, through which Kuma utilizes and examines a structure and its unexplored significances.  The architecture of the Japanese maestro pushes one to go further than just the figure, but to move in the territory of its potential.  This initiative was offered by the project created called the Stone Pavillion in Verona and the stand designed for IL CASONE in occasion of Marmomacc 2007.
The author of the volume, Luigi Alini, underlines the understanding of that experience one year ago which was both human and professional and emerged from the need to communicate the results of an experiment conducted on the lightness of stone.  The Stone Pavillion is presented therefore as an exceptional example and a powerful image that goes beyond its specific significance.  To paraphrase Warburg, we may define it as an image that “has a memory of the future”.
(Luigi Alini, Keng Kuma. Liticità contemporanee. Da Stone Museum a Stone Pavillon. LIBRIA. 2008)

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The Author
Luigi Alini (Naples 2968)
Architect, researcher in the Technology of Architecture at the Department of Architecture at the University of Catania (Syracuse campus).  He works with executive strategies with particular reference to the relationship between construction and design.
His interest towards the work of Kengo Kuma is based on the “construction of the form” and his interest to awaken the senses towards research where materials become elements that generate form.
Among his publications:
Kengo Kuma. Opere e progetti 1994 – 2004, Electa Milano, 2005, 2°ed.
Kengo Kuma Exhibition, a cura di, L. Alini e K. Kuma, Letteraventidue, Catania, 2007.
Le strategie Esecutive. L’integrazione delle competenze nel progetto, Liguori, Napoli, 2001.
25.11.2008 | News

Ferrara, December 11th, 2008

The Department of Architecture inaugurates Palazzo Tassoni
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The grand hall of Palazzo Tassoni, recently restored by the Department of Architecture of Ferrara, will be inaugurated on December 11th culminating in a high profile cultural event with a distinguished guest list.  The symposium hopes to bring closer together traditionalists and researchers of antique civilization to contemporary architects who have become well known based on their body of work.

The event is organized by Alfonso Acocella, Ordinary Professor of the Technology of Architecture, in the Department of Architecture, at the University of Ferrara.  He is one of the foremost experts in Italy with regards to the use and understanding of stone materials. The event, sponsored by IL CASONE, will include three events.  A conference will discuss the relationship between the antique and contemporary and an exhibit called ROSSOITALIANO - terracotta tiles from the antique to the contemporary will be held.  Finally a concert will also be held by musicians from the Girolamo Frescobaldi Conservatory of Ferrara.

PROGRAM of Events
ANTIQUE | CONTEMPORARY CONFERENCE
10:00 a.m.
THE ANTIQUE first session
2.30 p.m.
THE CONTEMPORARY second session
5:30 p.m.
INAUGURATION PALAZZO TASSONI
6:45 p.m.
EXHIBITION ROSSOITALIANO
7:15 p.m.
MUSIC IN PALAZZO TASSONI

Secretary and Organization
Verona Dal Buono (coordinator)
veronica.dalbuono@unife.it
15.10.2008 | News

Marmomacc 2008

Interviews to the planners


08.10.2008 | News

Marmomacc. Best Communicator Award

Il Casone wins, with Claudio Silvestrin
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The "Best Communicator Award" has been awarded to the stand created by IL CASONE, designed by the architect Claudio Silvestrin.  This award, the highest of recognitions at the show, was bestowed upon IL CASONE for “its capability to render one single monochromatic stone protagonist using various subtle working techniques of the stone.  This was accomplished using the symbolic form of the spiral which created a measured yet refined style”. 
The stand was created using a rectangular base which measures 8 x 15 meters and includes a 3 meter sliver of sandstone which was sculpted from a natural block extracted directly from the quarry.  The stone’s spiral form rotates without touching the base until its conclusion at the end which creates the actual stage.  The workings of the stone, all done by hand, were created to replicate the historic pavements found in cities from Emilia and Tuscany.  These particular characteristics honor the geographic regions where pietra serena and colombino stone are extracted as they are paramount in the project.
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This enormous honor for IL CASONE, and their spectacular stand, has attracted a large public of architects, project managers and designers who are present at Marmomacc.  The curious eyes of the public have centered on the enclosing form of the stone and have generated great interest in learning the techniques utilized for creating such a structure.  Professionals in the sector have been intrigued of this innovative and original use of natural stone.
 
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Jury
 - Aldo Bottoli - Director “Ricerca Sistema Osservatori Colore” and Coordinator for the Commission on the Environment ADI Index”
- Oscar G. Colli - Director “Il Bagno Oggi e Domani”; Coordinator of Jury Selection ADI Index.  Permanent Observer for Design ADI
- Livio Salvadori -  Editor of  “Casabella” and Jury Member ADI Index
- Vincenzo Pavan -  Curator Events Marmomacc for Architecture
- Mauro Albano -  Brand Manager of Marmomacc
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25.09.2008 | News

Il Casone and Claudio Silvestrin.

The stand for Marmomacc (Verona, October 2-5)
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Pelle, Skin and Texture are the themes of the 2008 edition of “Marmomacc Incontra il Design” (Marmomacc Meets Design) which is an annual event that brings together leading designers from the top firms working in stone.  This specific theme will stimulate creativity in identifying new ways of utilizing this traditional material.  This concrete and continuous initiative between the creative world and that of construction, culminates in an award called the “Best Communicator Award” which was won last year by IL CASONE for their stand designed by the world renowned Kengo Kuma.
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This year it is Claudio Silvestrin who has been selected by IL CASONE to define an innovative and original project and it’s unveiling in highly anticipated among industry leaders.
Silvestrin’s theme for the project brings together the concept of an orange peel and its unique surface to with stone and allows him to examine various creative ideas which are fundamental for his work.  That is, the beautifully natural aspects of the material, the horizontal plane and a clear sense of direction.  The metaphor of the orange rind is an important one for the project for as the orange is peeled and the search for the truth progresses so does the journey to the heart of the material.
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The arrival at the heart of the stand metaphorically represents the conclusive ending of the journey taking by those who investigate the composition of specific materials such as stone.
This grandeur and importance of this project therefore is not limited to only the unique vision of the material, but to their placement and discovery.
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31.07.2008 | News

XXIII International Conference of Architects UIA.

Enormous success for Kengo Kuma.
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Last year Kengo Kuma was one of the principal protagonists of the first edition of “Marmomacc Encounters Design” conference which permitted IL CASONE to obtain, thanks to the new design stand created on a stone module), one of the most prestigious recognitions of the event, “The Best Communicator Award”.  This year Marmomacc chose Kuma again for his innovative and refined approach to design as well as IL CASONE to create the space which will be dedicated to learning at the Oval for XXIII International Conference of Architects UIA in Turin from June 29-July 3.
It is in this environment of fruitful collaboration where Kengo Kuma presented the workshop titled “SOFT-STONE. Origami of Stone”.  Here he presented various dynamic examples of his work with stone.
Great success for the lectio magistralis by Kuma, who attracted a large public filled with architects and students.  In harmony with his projects, Kuma presented the importance which emptiness plays in architecture and compared it to the impact of silence in music.  He spoke of an architecture that is not utilized as celebratory symbols alone, but as a means to discover something on the inside.  Another important point included the respect for peculiar places and the use of “poor” materials.
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