An exhibition showcasing the transformative role of women in architecture has opened in Msheireb Design Centre. Titled “Buone Nuove (Good News). Women Changing Architecture,” the event highlights the significant contributions of female architects and designers in shaping the built environment.
Ambassador of the Italian Republic to the State of Qatar, H E Paolo Toschi said at the opening of the exhibition: “We do this project for several reasons — one is we want the public to access it, and the deeper and longer reason is we want them to be educated; we want this project and this exhibition to inspire young generations.”
He also explained that the topics of innovation in the architectural field and women empowerment are indeed two elements that closely link Italy and Qatar's practices and policies.
The envoy concluded his speech with the phrase: “I want to leave you with this thought: When you see a girl, think of her as a future architect.”
Msheireb Properties CEO, Ali Al Kuwari said: “Through this exhibition, we aim to inspire future generation of women to pursue a career in architecture and design and to continue breaking boundaries and challenge convention. We believe that by supporting and promoting the work of women in this field, we can create a more equitable and just society.”
The exhibition is curated by Pippo Ciorra, Elena Motisi, and Elena Tinacci of the Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, and is produced by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Museum’s Foundation. It showcases the work of female designers and architects active in Italy and abroad, with the goal of mapping the contribution of female architects, designers, duos, teams, and collectives to modern architecture across the world.
It is comprised of not only Italian professionals, but also foreign female creatives, and is divided into four sections: Stories of Italian Architects, Practices in Italy, Narrations and Visions, and Women Architects
'Buone Nuove' illustrates how female personalities influenced modern and contemporary architecture in general, from the early pioneers of the 20th century through today’s female architects and studios. Among them are well-known architects such as Lina Bo Bardi, Gae Aulenti, Cini Boeri, and Nanda Vigo, as well as some of the most important players on the present scene and new professionals.
In addition, the show includes a series of video interviews with authors that recreate the stories and theories that accompany this story.
Doha’s showcase of Buone Nuove will also be enriched by local materials curated by Msheireb Properties in cooperation with Qatar University (QU). The Qatari additions will highlight the contribution of women to Qatar’s architectural landscape, including the works of active professionals and from the students of QU’s Department of Architecture.
The Buone Nuove (Good News). Women Changing Architecture exhibition will run until August 19. It is open from Saturday to Thursday, from 9am to 7pm, and on Friday, from 3pm to 7pm. It is located at Msheireb Design Centre at Msheireb Downtown Doha.