The Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto has organised a conference entitled “Buone Nuove / Good News. Women in Architecture”. Promoted in collaboration with Diamond Schmitt Architects and MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, on the occasion of the 19th edition of Contemporary Art Day – promoted by AMACI, the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums, with the support of the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and the collaboration of the Directorate General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – the conference will be held by architect, author, critic, curator and professor, Pippo Ciorra and the architect and co-founder and director of Labics (Rome), Maria Claudia Clemente.
The event was inspired by the exhibition “Buone Nuove / Good News”, organised at the MAXXI in Rome by Pippo Ciorra, Elena Motisi and Elena Tinacci to document the evolution of the role of women in architecture, from the pioneers of the early 20th century to today’s archistars, from multidisciplinary associations to large international firms led by female designers. “Buone Nuove” sought to document how the presence of new figures is infusing new forces into contemporary architecture. In particular, concerning the Museum’s Collection and with the aim of expanding it, the exhibition pays particular attention to the work of studios led or co-led by female designers and to those professional bodies that are more aware of the changes taking place. On display, among others, are works by Charlotte Perriand, Elizabeth Diller but also by promising young talents such as Frida Escobedo.