Music in Stripes


In a new design for a music auditorium in L’Aquila, Italy, Renzo Piano created a lively, expressive structure and facade, with colors reflecting the sounds inside. The entirely timber project is flatpack construction, with the wood cut and prepped off-site, to then be assembled in place. Structurally, three cubes make up the auditorium space, with corridors and stairways connecting the main hall, foyer, and greenroom areas. The colorful, horizontal strips of timber emphasize the slanted forms of the buildings. 90 new trees were also planted on the property to offset the wood used in construction.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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