No archi­tec­ture lover should miss a cur­rent exhi­bi­tion at the MAXXI, though in fact there’s a lot more to it than archi­tec­ture. RE-CYCLE — Strate­gies for Archi­tec­ture, the City and the Planet posits recy­cling as one of the prime dri­vers of inno­va­tion in the 21st cen­tury, show­ing works from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines using waste mate­ri­als inventively.

In over 80 dis­plays in the main part of the exhi­bi­tion, archi­tec­tural draw­ings and mod­els along­side art and design works and video and musi­cal cre­ations vouch for lim­it­less cre­ative poten­tial. Com­mit­ment to green solu­tions has quite a his­tory: one of the old­est projects illus­trated is the restau­rant housed in a cou­ple of dis­used rail­way car­riages in Italy’s Val For­mazza (Wagris­tora­tore by Piero Por­taluppi, 1930). From there to New York’s High Line, of which the sec­ond phase was com­pleted last year, RE-CYCLE presents remark­able eco-architectural achieve­ments from all over the globe.

Also part of the exhi­bi­tion is a chill­ing col­lec­tion of pho­tographs of a huge tech­no­log­i­cal waste dump in Ghana by Pieter Hugo enti­tled Per­ma­nent Error, and two instal­la­tions out­doors: the Mal­oca art project by Brazil­ian design­ers Fer­nando and Hum­berto Cam­pana, and Offic­ina Roma, a house built entirely from reused parts (old win­dow frames and car doors, oil bar­rels and bot­tles) in a week-long work­shop with high-school kids run by the Ger­man col­lec­tive raum­labor­ber­lin

MAXXI Architet­tura houses impres­sive per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of plans, pho­tographs, mod­els, sculp­tures, draw­ings and reviews doc­u­ment­ing the work of Italy’s fore­most 20th and 21st cen­tury archi­tects, as well as over 1,000 prints by acclaimed photographers.

It’s per­haps a pity that RE-CYCLE is mounted using mate­ri­als that appear to be brand new. Still, it’s quite an eye-opener. The exhi­bi­tion is curated by Pippo Ciorra and runs until May 20.

MAXXI Architet­tura

Via Guido Reni 4/A

00196 Roma

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