DDN 275

Play, leisure, open-air spaces: schools, meeting places and multipurpose facilities are the protagonists of this issue focused on the United States of America. These topics are not always given the right value as tools for growth, knowledge and enhancement. In short, for wealth. This is an invitation to experiment and to live between the public and the private dimensions as architect David Adjaye did in Los Angeles: inside a shopping mall he designed a retail experience exploiting the space connected with the street and aspiring to a public dimension. The product gallery dedicated to outdoor (and indoor) use is also in line with this concept: here the attention to materials and production techniques is maximum and, together with logistics, represents one of the three ‘qualities’ thanks to which today a design object really makes the difference. Even according to Mark Thorpe, from New York, to whom our carte blanche is dedicated.