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Italy under Construction series.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present the exhibition Palimpsests and Interfaces: Architecture by Renato Rizzi and Cino Zucchi Architects,the third exhibition in the series Italy Under Construction. Through original models, drawings and photographs of selected work from the two architects, the exhibition explores the ambition to design buildings as cultural narratives and agents in the interaction of private and collective life.

Renato Rizzi is an architect based in Venice, Italy. Influenced by ancient and contemporary philosophy, literature and the history of religion, Rizzi’s work investigates architecture’s communicative potential as a storyteller, addressing the complex task of designing monumental buildings in our time. Rizzi’s Gdansk Shakespearean Theatre (2014), translates the history of the site into a new civic space and experimental venue for contemporary theatre. Along with the theatre and two proposals for the Italian cities of Ferrara and Parma, Rizzi will present for the first time, his latest design project for a monument on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, now infamously known as the European entry point for immigrants arriving from North Africa.

Cino Zucchi Architects is a firm based in Milan whose work ranges from architecture to urban and landscape design. For this exhibition, Zucchi will present six built projects through the lens of their building envelope. The firm’s attention to the outer layer of a building highlights the interface between private and public space as communicative and permeable; Zucchi’s inhabited screens enrich the experience and language of modern residential and workplace architecture, embracing variation and articulation as contextual responses to contemporary urban conditions.

Palimpsests and Interfaces: Architecture by Renato Rizzi and Cino Zucchi opens on March 29, 2017 at 6.30 pm at the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto.

The visiting architects will deliver a lecture on their work on March 30 at 6.00 pm at John H. Daniels, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, Room 103.




  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • In collaboration with: Italy under construction