Dr. Giovanna Carnevali is an established Italian architect and independent consultant. She specialises in contemporary architecture and urban development, cultural heritage and curatorship, and management of contemporary architecture institutions in Europe. She is currently the Director for Architecture Competitions and International Projects at Strelka KB, an independent architecture consultancy envisioning better cities and improving tomorrow’s world. From 2012 to 2015 she was the Director of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, and managed the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and she is also part of the official list of experts for culture and architecture of the Director General of Culture of European Commission.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
“El alma del Ebro” of Jaume Plensa. for the silent that creates in this noisy and loudly world.
How will museums impact future cities?
Museums (and libraries) will adapt to the changing needs of their communities. They are transforming into facilitators and networks for information rather then gatekeepers.
What are your favourite emerging cultural cities and / or organisations in the world and why?
Shanghai it’s definitely an emerging cultural city for the flourishing of several landmark contemporary-art museums since the Expo 2010, such as Long Museum, Yuz Museum along the riverside.
Another emerging cultural city would be Sao Paulo, because is becoming museum hotspots thanks to their enthusiasm for modern art and the large crowds visiting the Centro Cultural do Brasil.
Amsterdam and Barcelona, as European cities still keep their ‘image’ and ‘brand appeal’ high rated as cultural cities but also as for the quality of city shopping, architecture, food or neighborhood atmosphere.
Who do you think are the cultural innovators of tomorrow and why?
It’s difficult to foreseen the possible cultural scenarios for the coming years, but I would bet that automatic transportation ( google car…bus) will be the ones of tomorrow.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it? (Please include a link(s) if possible).
So far, you can find me here https://about.me/giocarnevali