Researcher in the visual arts Ugo La Pietra discusses his first bilingual (Italian and English) publication Domestic City (Plectica Editrice, 2021) with journalist and professor Alastair Gordon. In Domestic City La Pietra recompiles short texts, some of them never published before, raising important social, theoretical, and methodological questions regarding the theme of the room. His publication is indeed the first volume of the bilingual architectural book series “Stanze” (Plectica Editrice), that explores the topic of the room from a multidisciplinary perspective. The series aims at fostering dialogue between Italian and international authors and readers.
UGO LA PIETRA — Ugo La Pietra operated within the fields of design, architecture, art, film, graphics and pedagogy throughout his long career. He was awarded twice the prestigious Compasso d’Oro, and exhibited his work in several major museums worldwide, including the MoMa exhibition “Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” (1972). Ugo La Pietra is also a prolific author, however very few of his texts have been translated. Domestic City is his first publication that condenses over five decades of his engagement on the artistic, theoretical, and architectural exploration of the domestic qualities of urban space and viceversa, just as the author clarified in 1968, when he posted it in the streets of Giulianova the famous banner that read “inhabiting means being at home everywhere”.
ALASTAIR GORDON — Alastair Gordon is an award-winning critic, curator, cultural historian and author. He is a Contributor for the New York Times and WSJ., the Wall Street Journal Magazine and was the architecture/design critic for the Miami Herald. Gordon’s essays have been published in many other publications including Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Le Monde and Architectural Record, among others. In addition to his critical journalism, Gordon has published more than 28 books on art, architecture and environment. In 2016, he launched a critical writing program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and has taught and lectured at many other institutions. Alastair is Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Gordon de Vries Studio, an imprint that specializes in books about the human environment.