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Buone Nuove/Good News | Women In Architecture – from MAXXI to MET


Toronto Metropolitan University is thrilled to host the internationally acclaimed architecture exhibition Buone Nuove: Good News from Italy, which first opened at the MAXXI Museum in Rome in 2022. After travelling to Stockholm, Doha, New Delhi and Berlin, Buone Nuove/Good News opens at TMU’s Paul H. Cocker Gallery in the Department of Architectural Science for its inaugural North American showing on September 5, 2024.

Buone Nuove/Good News
Women In Architecture – from MAXXI to MET

Thursday, September 5 | 5:30PM

September 6 to October 10, 2024
Monday to Saturday
10AM to 4PM

Paul H. Cooper Gallery
Architecture Building
325 Church St | Toronto ON

Presented by the Fondazione MAXXI, the Consulate General of Italy (Toronto), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Toronto), Diamond Schmitt Architects, Toronto Metropolitan University Office of the Provost, and TMU’s Department of Architectural Science.

Curated by Pippo Ciorra, Elena Motisi and Elena Tinacci, this traveling exhibition features works and words of dozens of Italian and global women architects who have changed the field of architecture and are empowering a new generation of inclusive city-builders. The exhibition offers a new and more comprehensive perspective of architecture by showing how women and women-led collectives have elevated the quality of modern and contemporary design.

The exhibition is presented in images, artifacts and videos via four curatorial lenses:

Stories. Featuring achievements of 21 notable Italian women architects, from the first lady architecture graduate in 1925, to internationally accomplished designers of the post-war period and present day, to emerging practitioners and provocateurs.

Practices. Showcasing significant built works of six internationally acclaimed women architects who are impacting Italian design culture in collaboration with Italian professionals.

Narrations. Including 12 video interviews with women transforming architecture through practices of activism, scholarship, writing, curation, academic leadership, and philanthropy.

Visions. Presenting five experimental videos exploring relationships between gender and space, created as part of the 2021 MAXXI Architecture Film Summer School.


This travelling MAXXI exhibition is complemented by three additional displays focused on women architects working in the Toronto region and at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Empowering Practices. Highlighting prominent women architects in and around Toronto who are positively impacting communities and the architecture of the city through built works, practice innovation, leadership, mentorship, and advocacy.

Postcards to Progress. Sharing a wide variety of initiatives, projects, manifestos and messages by individuals and groups supporting women and diversity in architecture. A selection will celebrate work by the women architect-educators and student leaders of TMU’s Department of Architectural Science.

Good News Café. Facilitating open dialogue and ‘a place at the table’ for anyone working toward equity in architecture. A trio of cafe tables will host conversations on current issues and be activated with micro events during the five-week show.