Selected publications

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    Lezioni di Architettura e Design

    Abitare and Corriere della Sera present Lezioni di Architettura e Design, a series of “Lessons” created in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano

    Corriere della Sera and Abitare present Lezioni di Architettura e Design, a series of architecture and design “lessons” created in collaboration with Milan Polytechnic’s Department of Urban Studies, with contributions from Le Corbusier, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Gae Aulenti. The first volume, entitled Ricuciture urbane e periferie (“Stitching Cities and Suburbs Back Together”), is devoted to the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and will be available at newsstands from Saturday 9 April. The publication will be presented in the new spaces of Base Milano (in Via Bergognone, 34) that same day at 10.30 a.m., when there will be a discussion on the project for the Giambellino district of Milan created by G124, the work group set up by senator Renzo Piano to examine the city of the future and its run-down outlying districts.

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    05. Oct 2014

    An updated monograph, illustrated by photographs, sketches, and plans, spans Piano’s career to date and the many existences of his singular aesthetic. It includes new photographs of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a sneak peek at his current project, Valletta City Gate in Valletta, Malta. More information here:
    http://bit.ly/1tHBbdR

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    30. Sep 2014

    «Ronchamp Monastery», the sixth volume of a series of monographs dedicated to the iconic buildings designed by Renzo Piano, has been published in two editions : French/English and Italian/English.
    See the project here : http://bit.ly/1p5bvpm

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    Francesco Dal Co Electa, Milano 2014

    The book marks the opening of the large exhibition "Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Piece by Piece" at Palazzo della Ragione in Padua. It retraces the work of RPBW from Beaubourg until today by means of essays and a rich iconography.
    www.rpbw.com/project/147/piece-by-piece/

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    AA.VV. Abitare, Milano, Italy, n.497, november 2009
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    2013 Fondazione Renzo Piano

    This is the fifth volume of a series of monographs dedicated to iconic buildings designed by Renzo Piano.
    London Bridge Tower, also known as the “Shard”, was completed in July 2012, though it is not open to public yet. With his 306 m height, the Shard is Europe’s tallest building. Conceived and implemented as a vertical town, the tower is a shimmering, lively presence in London’s skyline.
    The volume is an account of the story of this astonishing project, from its first design hypothesis and inception, to the amazing building site and the final grand opening.
    The volume presents a wide and exclusive choice of Renzo Piano’s sketches, prospects, plans and sections of the building, working models, prototypes and photos from the site, along with direct accounts of those who took part in this extraordinary adventure.
    A text by Renzo Piano in first person tells the “behind the scene” story of a building that is already a landmark in the city of London.

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    Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine Beka & Partners, Book+DVD, 2013

    Fifth project of the Living Architectures series, Inside Piano is composed of three films on three symbolic buildings of Renzo Piano's career. A visit throughout the prototype-building of the Centre Pompidou. An immersion in the soundproof world of a submarine floating in the depths of the Parisian underground. A journey aboard a luminous magic carpet of a highly sophisticated architectural machine. A humorous, caustic and quirky point of view.

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    2011 Fondazione Renzo Piano

    This is the fourth book dedicated to a series of monographs about museums designed by Renzo Piano.
    Just like the previous books, the materials are mostly unpublished, retrieved thanks to the process of saved catalogues from the archives of Renzo Piano Foundation.The story of the project evolves from the first visit to the site at the inauguration, through sketches, drawings, models, notes and memories of Renzo Piano.
    It becomes a sort of travel journal, immediate and powerful.
    The story of Renzo Piano and the testimonials of scientists and engineers have been recorded and faithfully transcribed, so that the reader can live the adventure of this project, accompanied by the voice of the protagonists. A text at the end of the book provides the reader with a “behind the scene” view, from the relationship with the scientists to the choice of the materials, to the research of the most suitable solutions for that museum and the specific context in which it was built.
    It is a story of a museum of sciences which becomes itself the subject of naturalistic studies, the container and the content; according to Renzo’s opinion “this century has led to the awareness of the fragility of the Earth, and it is up to us architects, here and now, to find a new language that celebrates sustainability”.
    The research that has been done for this project led to the conquest of a Platinum level in LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

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    2010 Fondazione Renzo Piano

    This is the third volume of a series of monographs on museums by Renzo Piano, dedicated to the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center in New-Caledonia.
    This project is also the exploration of “another world”, seemingly remote: the Pacific and the culture of ephemeral, the encounter with the great Kanak people and his history suspended between past and future. An adventure that ends with the discovery of an unsuspected affinity: “I’m more Kanak than you are”, Renzo Piano will say.
    Just like the previous monographs, the presented material is unpublished, retrieved thanks to the research and classification in the archives of the Renzo Piano Foundation, and commentated with sketches, notes and memories of Renzo Piano. It becomes a sort of travel journal, intimate and powerful.
    The stories of Renzo Piano, Marie-Claude Tjibaou, Alban Bensa and Glenn Murcutt were recorded and faithfully transcribed, so that the reader can live the adventure of this project, accompanied by the voice of the protagonists.
    Also published in this collection: “The Menil Collection”, “Fondation Beyeler”, “California Academy of Sciences”.

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    2009 Fondazione Renzo Piano

    This is the second book dedicated to a series of monographs about museums designed by Renzo Piano.
    The Renzo Piano Foundation edits and publishes these books, thanks to a process of research and classification in the archives of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
    The materials are mostly unpublished, and Renzo Piano comments on them with sketches made for this special publication.
    The story of the project evolves from the origins to the first conceptual ideas, revealing the hard research process through sketches, drawings, study and presentation models, but also scientific experiments on light, sound and materials, to finally arrive to the construction site, the architecture built and the space lived.
    Few brief comment captions and some phrases by Renzo Piano bring a deeper understanding of the project stages, extracted from the story of the architect’s adventure.
    A text at the end of the book provides the reader with a "behind the scene" view, from the relationship with the curators and the client to the choice of the materials, to the research of the most suitable solution for that museum and the specific context in which it was build.
    A conception of the museum that starts from the work of art to arrive at the architectural project.
    A journey that takes the reader through time and space during its realisation.

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    2008 Fondazione Renzo Piano

    "The Menil Collection" is the first book of a series of monographs about museums designed by Renzo Piano around the word.
    It’s a book edited and published by the Renzo Piano Foundation, using only unpublished material retrieved thanks to a long process of research and classification in the archives of the Renzo Piano BuildingWorkshop.
    From the first idea to the opening day, the project is followed step by step through a long picture-report.
    Phrases by Renzo Piano serve as comments for the pictures and guide the reader though this journey.
    The main text, that can be found at the end of the book, is the testimony of Renzo Piano himself, recorded for this special occasion. Moreover, some sketches have been made especially for this book.
    The choice not to use any caption for the pictures, but to leave Renzo Piano’s voice as a guide for the reader, has the aim to transmit the sense of gradual discovery that is experienced when entering the museum.
    Our objective is to create a collection of "unique" books, that allow the reader to share with us at every stage of the project, this extraordinary adventure that is "building".

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    Peter Buchanan Phaidon Press, London, 2008

    The fifth volume in the definitive series of the complete works of Renzo Piano (b.1937).
    Created in close collaboration with the architect, this book gives a detailed presentation of Piano's projects from the beginning of the twenty-first century, including the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome and Maison Hermès in Tokyo. Technical drawings and new photographs present a continuing discussion of the projects with an emphasis on innovation and structure.

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    Peter Buchanan Phaidon Press, London, 2000

    The fourth volume of the complete works of Renzo Piano (b.1937).
    A detailed presentation of projects of the late 1990s, including the Potsdamer Platz masterplan in Berlin, a science museum in Amsterdam, high-rise towers in Rotterdam and Sydney, the acclaimed Beyeler Foundation and the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia. Technical drawings and descriptive analysis explain innovative solutions to structural problems.

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    Peter Buchanan Phaidon Press, London, 1997

    The third volume of the complete works of Renzo Piano (b.1937).
    A detailed presentation of projects of the early 1990s, including the Kansai Airport in Japan from its initial design to the finished building; the Lingotto Factory renovation, Turin; the Cité Internationale, Lyons; the Cy Twombly Pavilion, Houston, Texas; the Rome Auditoria; the Saitama Arena in Japan; and L'Ile Seguin and Le Grand Stade, Paris. Particular emphasis is given to Piano's innovative approach to lighting and curtain-wall construction.

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    Peter Buchanan Phaidon Press, London, 1995

    The second volume of the complete works of Renzo Piano (b.1937).
    A detailed presentation of all buildings and projects from 1987 to 1993, many of them located in and around Piano's home town of Genoa. Includes an interview with Piano discussing the development of his practice, his attitude towards technology and the continuing evolution of what Buchanan has called 'a natural architecture'.

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    Peter Buchanan Phaidon Press, London, 1993

    The first volume of the complete works of Renzo Piano (b.1937).
    Clear and comprehensive presentation of key early works, including the Pompidou Centre (with Richard Rogers) in Paris, Piano's studio in Genoa, the Bari Sports Stadium in Italy and the early stages of the Kansai Airport International Terminal in Japan.

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    Philippe Jodidio Taschen, 2012

    The mechanics of lightness. The wide-ranging career of the Italian virtuoso. "The array of buildings by Renzo Piano is staggering in scope and comprehensive in the diversity of scale, material, and form. He is truly an architect whose sensibilities represent the widest range of this and earlier centuries." Such was the description of Renzo Piano given by the Pritzker Prize jury citation as they bestowed the prestigious award on him in 1998. Whereas some architects have a signature style, what sets Piano apart is that he seeks simply to apply a coherent set of ideas to new projects in extraordinarily different ways. "One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again," Piano says. "Like a movie director doing a love story, a Western, or a murder mystery, a new world confronts an architect with each project." This explains why it takes more than a superficial glance to recognize Piano's fingerprints on such varied projects as the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Kansai airport in Osaka, Japan, the Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, New Caledonia, The New York Times Building in New York, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, and the Morgan Library in New York. Every book in TASCHEN's "Basic Architecture Series" features: approximately 120 images, including photographs, sketches, drawings, and floor plans; introductory essays exploring the architect's life and work, touching on family and background as well as collaborations with other architects; the most important works presented in chronological order, with descriptions of client and/or architect wishes as well as construction problems and resolutions; and, an appendix including a list of complete or selected works, biography, bibliography and a map indicating the locations of the architect's most famous buildings.

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    Philippe Jodidio Taschen, 2008

    This is the works to date of one of the world's greatest living architects."The array of buildings by Renzo Piano is staggering in scope and comprehensive in the diversity of scale, material, and form. He is truly an architect whose sensibilities represent the widest range of this and earlier centuries." Such was the description of Renzo Piano given by the Pritzker Prize jury citation as they bestowed the prestigious award on him in 1998. Whereas some architects have a signature style, what sets Piano apart is that he seeks simply to apply a coherent set of ideas to new projects in extraordinarily different ways. "One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again," Piano says."Like a movie director doing a love story, a Western, or a murder mystery, a new world confronts an architect with each project." This explains why it takes more than a superficial glance to recognize Piano's fingerprints on such varied projects as the Pompidou Center in Paris (1971-77), the Kansai airport in Osaka, Japan (1990-94), and the Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, New Caledonia (1993-1998). This stunning monograph, illustrated by photographs, sketches, and plans, covers Piano's career to date. Also included are sneak peeks at Piano's current projects, including the New York Times Tower, a 52-story skyscraper to be built in Times Square, and the 80-story London Bridge Tower, which is set to be Europe's tallest building.

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    Philippe Jodidio Taschen, 2005

    The mechanics of lightness "The array of buildings by Renzo Piano is staggering in scope and comprehensive in the diversity of scale, material, and form. He is truly an architect whose sensibilities represent the widest range of this and earlier centuries." Such was the description of Renzo Piano given by the Pritzker Prize Jury citation as they bestowed the prestigious award on him in 1998. Whereas some architects have a signature style, what sets Piano apart is that he seeks simply to apply a coherent set of ideas to new projects in extraordinarily different ways. "One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again," Piano says. "Like a movie director doing a love story, a Western, or a murder mystery, a new world confronts an architect with each project." This explains why it takes more than a superficial glance to recognize Piano's fingerprints on such various projects as the Pompidou Center in Paris (1971-77), the Kansai airport in Osaka, Japan (1990-94), and the Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, New Caledonia (1993-1998). This stunning monograph, illustrated by photographs, sketches, and plans, covers Piano's career to date. Also included are sneak peeks at Piano's current projects, including the New York Times Tower, a 52-story skyscraper to be built in Times Square, and the 80-story London Bridge Tower, which is set to be Europe's tallest building.

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    Renzo Piano Phaidon Press, London, 2004

    A unique opportunity to experience an intimate tour with Renzo Piano himself around his key buildings.
    Personal text and 200 colour photographs take the reader from the exterior to the interior of each building, frame by frame. Features 25 built projects, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Beyeler Foundation in Basel and the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia. Published at a time when the Renzo Piano Workshop is completing many buildings and projects all over the world.

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    Matteo Agnoletto Motta Architettura, Milano 2006
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    Renzo Piano Passigli ed., Florence, Italy, 2005 – Reedition (ita)
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    Renzo Piano, Renzo Cassigoli Passigli editori, Florence, Italy, 2000
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    Renzo Piano A+ U, Architecture and Urbanisme, Japan, may 2010
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    Renzo Piano AV Monografias (Arquitectura Viva), n° 119, may-june 2006