The topics addressed in the April 2020 issue of Domus focus on the role of design and designers. David Chipperfield in his editorial urges the design world to rediscover its role and purpose through beauty. The guest editor explains that “once again it is fundamentally necessary to question the role and capacity of design in our world”.
The Agenda this month focuses on the future of design, in a world of limited resources and excessive consumption. Deyan Sudjic talks about the optimism of industrial designers who are increasingly turning to the social aims of the profession; Jonathan Keates argues for “a space for beauty as an end in itself”, outlining its complex relationship with the transformation of the idea of ethics; Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani reflects on consumer society and necessity an immediate paradigm shift.
David Chipperfiled meets Renzo Piano in his studio, who speaks of flexibility as a “moral question” and not as a technical fact. Mona Fawaz and Cara Aramouny review this month’s “Grand Project”: Stone Garden, the extraordinary mixed-use building in Beirut's harbour district by Lina Ghotmeh Architecture.