TRIESTE For the first time the industrial space of the arsenal of the Austrian Llyod arsenal is revealed to the city. LORENZATELIERS comes down from Austria to the city and celebrates the first forty years of activity, giving the opportunity to visit an important piece of Trieste’s history, in the former factory of Androna Campo Marzio, inaccessible to the public for many years. The exhibition, open to the public from Sunday until October 13th with opening hours from Monday to Saturday from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., is divided into seven sections that represent aspects of the thought and creation of the works of Lorenz Ateliers: Metamorphosis, Connectivity, Dreams, Affordable, Intelligence, Demolition, and Trieste. An exhibition conceived as a starting point for new discourses on urban planning and architecture in Italy but also abroad. And specifically, here is a reflection on Trieste, a city that Peter Lorenz and Giulia Decorti have deliberately chosen as the first stage of this event and for the relaunch of which they have been working for years. Video by Andrea Lasorte.
LOCATION Trieste, Italy
DATE 13.09.2020-11.10.2020
PHOTOS Nicole Bernardon, Antonio Castellaneta, Lorenzateliers
VIDEO Andrea Lasorte


The exhibition itselfs takes place in a spectacularly beautiful space – the oldest Trieste factory (ship engine construction) from 1835.

Presented also the new book “Passion for space”, published by Deutscher Architektur Verlag: a 1 cm thick cardboard box with a manuscript title that includes all seven chapters of the exhibition, as well as contributions – among others – by Christian Kühn, Maik Novotny, Bernd Rießland, Peter Lorenz and Giulia Decorti.
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Re:Forum TRIESTE 2020

Architecture and Urban Design Post‐Corona
Androna Campo Marzio 8, Trieste, 03.09. ‐ 06.09.2020
Even before Corona, the world was not „alright“, but faced with an increasing number of danger‐ ous crises. Climate, finance, ecosystems, democracies ‐ hardly any area of life in which we have not seen the signs of decadent development towards an unsustainable future. As residents of highly developed industrialised countries, we are not infested by these crises ‐ rather, they are intrinsic to our societies: our lifestyle is the real crisis.
Many committed, critical people have thought, written, discussed, acted,… but the proposed solutions and changes remain no more than a placebo. COVID 19 has changed the situation unexpectedly: after a few weeks, nothing is as it was, and it will not be „as before“ ‐ including architecture and urban planning. “Social distancing” made us aware of how great the desire for presence and concreteness is ‐ and thus the longing for architecture. But the production of space and the work on the city are now part of the problem to the same extent as they are part of the solution. The crisis offers us the opportunity to question the philosophical, ethical and theoretical foundations of our work and to develop relevant solutions. It is obvious that this redefinition is a defensive act. Our societies have surrendered their leadership to the economy. Economic guidelines such as maximum profitability, thoughtless waste as well as the questionable developments of over‐regu‐ lation and building legislation determine politics and ”Baukultur”. How can architects under these conditions assume their responsibility for architecture and the city ‐ as a system, as an object and as a symbol ‐ and contribute through their competence?
After the cancellation of the BIENNALE, at Re:Forum TRIESTE 2020 Symposion architects present themselves through one project to the constructive criticism of colleagues and experts. Shared conclusions are worked out in disciplined discourses.
The symposion is based on past initiatives, from CIAM to Team X. Like at these, architects and urban planners should gather in a real place to jointly develop spatial strategies for a „good life in a just society“. Every lecture is based on a concrete project that is as current as possible and will be critically examined against the background of the recent developments.
The aim is to jointly formulate a Charta: “How can architecture and urban design contribute to a good life in a just society?”