Dedicated to those who can't give up design and architecture even in the summer (and to their children): 5 titles to experience the work of the big names in design
Closing to the summer and the holidays, five hot-off-the-press titles to pack (even for the little ones) that are beautiful and useful for traveling through the work of great architects, designers, artists and, lo and behold , even writers. With a suggestion dedicated to those who, perhaps on a sailing boat, will have the opportunity to remember that ours is also a country of coasts, ports and - above all - lighthouses.

1. Norman Foster Networks – Norman Foster Works (Ed. Taschen, 350 euros)

“Everything inspires me. Sometimes I wonder if I see things that other people don't see». Thus wrote Norman Foster and here, today, a two-volume monograph that has just been released in bookstores seeks for the first time to capture the very essence of the great British designer and architect's gaze. A look expressed in 60 years of high-tech and visionary projects built on all continents. The target? Giving the reader a rare vision of his creative process through the texts of eight essays in which Foster recounts his approach to work, his inspirations, the link between art and architecture and between this and his passions, such as the -reckless- for the flight. But also through more than 1000 illustrations that highlight the beauty of the work of the architect who won many awards including the Compasso d'Oro in 1987 and the Priztker in 1999 and, today, almost ninety years old.
Who will like it: Who - in architecture - seeks above all the expression of pure geometry, as in Foster's projects. And to history buffs who, in these pages, will find the symbolic buildings of this time and of the last century.

2. Going by lighthouses, Luca Bergamin (Il Mulino, 13 euros)

Ottocentossassantasei: there are many lighthouses that illuminate our coasts and guide sailors. From the Magno-Greek ones of Ionian Calabria to the lighthouses of Salento, from the lighthouse of Capo Caccia -in Sardinia- to that of Trieste. These buildings have always been indispensable reference points which, at the same time, stand out with all the charm of their beauty and architectural peculiarity at the entrance to historic ports, on top of rocky cliffs, on suggestive promontories, islets or rocks in the middle of the sea . Journalist Luca Bergamin retraces in this book stories, legends and architectural features that have recently been recognized as cultural heritage. A perfect book for the summer which, through that of our lighthouses, tells the story of a people of navigators.
Who will like it: All those who, on holiday along the coasts of our country, will want to stop their gaze - and thoughts - around the suggestive silhouette of a lighthouse.

3. The great living museum of the imagination. Guide to the exploration of literary architecture, by Matteo Pericoli (Il Saggiatore, 25 euros)

Only an architect-illustrator (and son of an artist) with a dreamy trait like Matteo Pericoli could think of transforming the great novels into buildings complete with entrances, floors, rooms, courtyards and exits. Where to show readers, little by little - as in a guided tour - visions and architectures, stories and projects, imagination and construction. From thatched huts to the Parthenon, from stone houses to the Guggenheim in New York, page after page, Matteo Pericoli travels through the works of Calvino and Annie Ernaux, Fenoglio and William Faulkner, Elena Ferrante and Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, to talk about them as were splendid and mysterious buildings.
Who will like it: bibliophiles, always on the hunt for new points of view on authors and novels. And, of course, to those who look at architecture and interior design as professions that allow emotions, memories and words to be given a place.

4. Home Sweet Home, curated by Nina Bassoli (Electa, 30 euros)

The volume by Nina Bassoli, linked to the exhibition that has just opened at the Milan Triennale (open to the public until 10 September,, presents the works of 10 names in today's design and architecture who reinterpret the concepts underlying the historical exhibitions of this institution according to a contemporary key. The target? Overturning the bipolarisms that oppose home and work, masculine and feminine, production and reproduction, public space and private space. Here then are the works of architects such as the London-based Assemble Studio, the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA), the DOGMA research group, the Sex and the City collective, the Sicilian architect Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, and two studio such as Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, Pritzker Prize-winners, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
All in dialogue with five historical sections of the Triennale.
Who will like it: those who consider the home the most sensitive place to the cultural and social changes of an era. And to those who, especially after the pandemic, consider it essential to design a home environment without thinking about work.

5. The artist. Books from the world, by Ed Vere (Lapis, 15 euros)

Ed Vere is an acclaimed (and award-winning) British children's book writer and illustrator who this time takes the little ones on a journey to a big city, in the company of a little artist. The text, recommended for children aged 3 to 6, tells of a little artist eager to show everyone that the world is as she sees it. That is full of wonders and colors. And here the gray walls become enormous canvases for the artist to color in and people, at first busy and distracted, stop to look at his works and remain enchanted: more and more people arrive from every corner of the city, all stopping to watch, wait to see what the Artist will draw. And she continues to paint a beautiful world.
Who will like it: All children who love to draw and have fun with colours, scissors and glue. But also to all those who, despite having grown up, continue to color outside the borders.

Cover photo: atelier-r, Cerveny Kostel Boysplaynice

After more than 60 years of service as a book depository for the Olomouc Research Library, the originally Lutheran Red Church reopens its doors to the public; this time as a cultural center intended for various types of social and cultural events. Designed by atelier-r, the renovation includes a new 'clystal-like' annex reflecting the neo-gothic inclination of the church.