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Vesper. Journal of Architecture, Arts & Theory


Vesper is a six-monthly, multidisciplinary and bilingual (Italian and English) journal which deals with the relationships between forms and processes of thought and of design. Gazing into the dusk, when light slowly merges with darkness and the illuminating object is no longer visible, Vesper aims to interpret the act of designing through tracing and revealing the movement of transformation. Pythagoras identified in the planet Venus both the evening star (Hesperos) and the morning star (Phosphoros), assigning the two names to the same star observed in different temporal conditions. Vesper thus states a perspective rather than an object, privileging the condition that defines its status. Rather than the sharp light of dawn, heralding a brand-new day and promising a brighter future, it is the twilight that allows you to have a glimpse at the potential of what is already there.

Following the tradition of Italian paper journals, Vesper revives it by hosting a wide spectrum of narratives, welcoming different writings and styles, privileging the visual intelligence of design, of graphic expression, of images and contaminations between different languages.
The journal is conceived as a series of thematic issues that build a discourse on the contemporary. Each issue is divided into sections that offer a range of diverse perspectives on the theme analysed: editorial, quote, project, tale, lecture, essay, extra, translation, archive, journey, ring, tutorial, dictionary. Throughout the different sections, reverberations between ideas and reality change, connections emerge between tangible facts and their potentials, transformative prospects, collective perception. The principal aim of these sections is not to provide instant news, but to offer an in-depth investigation of different instances of design and to provide tools and materials that have a long-lasting effect


Vesper is a project by Pard – Publishing Actions and Research Development / Ir.Ide – Infrastruttura di Ricerca Integral Design Environment, Department of Architecture and Arts – Department of Excellence of the UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia.


No. 1 Supervenice

No. 2 Materia-autore | Author-Matter

No. 3 Nella selva | Wildness

No. 4 Esili ed esodi | Exiles and Exoduses

No. 5 Moby Dick: avventure e scoperte | Adventures and Discoveries

No. 6 Magic

No. 7 Cielo | Sky


Sara Marini, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia


editorial board

Fabrizio Barozzi, Cornell University

Felice Cimatti, UniversitÓ della Calabria

Dario Gentili, UniversitÓ degli Studi Roma Tre

Sebastißn Irarrßzaval, Pontificia Universidad Catˇlica de Chile

Sandro Marpillero, Columbia University

Angela Mengoni, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Gundula Rakowitz, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Luka Skansi, Politecnico di Milano


advisory board

Giuliana Bruno, Harvard University

Emanuele Coccia, ╔cole des Hautes ╔tudes en Sciences Sociales

Michele Cometa, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Palermo

Giovanni Corbellini, Politecnico di Torino

Kaat Debo, MoMu Antwerp

Nicola Emery, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, UniversitÓ della Svizzera italiana

Serenella Iovino, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Andreas Kreul, Universitńt Bremen

Mario Lupano, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Gianfranco Marrone, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Palermo

InÚs Moisset, Universidad de Buenos Aires - Conicet

Fiamma Montezemolo, University of California, Davis

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, University of Westminster

Andrea Pinotti, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Milano

Alessandro Rocca, Politecnico di Milano

Annalisa Sacchi, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Federico Soriano, Universidad PolitÚcnica de Madrid

Federica Villa, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Pavia

Mechtild Widrich, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


editorial staff

Giorgia Aquilar, Laura Arrighi, Francesco Bergamo, Giulia Bersani, Giovanni Carli, Egidio Cutillo, Giacomo De Caro, Stefano Eger, Alessia Franzese, Elisa Monaci, Arianna Mondin, Andrea Pastorello, Alberto Petracchin, Francesca Zanotto, Davide Zaupa, Luca Zilio.





graphic layout




Union, Radim Peško, 2006

JJannon, Franšois Rappo, 2019



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publication funding

Dipartimento di eccellenza 2018 - Finanziamento Miur


six-monthly journal


ISSN 2704-7598



Published contributions are submitted to a Double-blind Peer Review process according with Anvur Legislation of journals rating in “not bibliometric” scientific fields.


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The journal issues are published in open access, on the Archive page, within eighteen months of the release of the printed edition.


Vesper has been acknowledged the status of ‘scientific journal’ by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) in the academic fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, as well as History, Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology (areas 08 and 11 in the Italian academic areas, with the exception of their bibliometric subfields) with effect from the No. 1.


Vesper is indexed in EBSCO and Torrossa.


Vesper has been selected for the ADI Design Index 2021 by the Ossevatorio permanente del Design. The selected products compete to the assignment of the 27. ADI Compasso d'Oro award in their respective thematic categories.





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Centro Editoria Publishing Actions and Research Development Pard

Infrastruttura di Ricerca Integral Design Environment Ir.Ide

Dipartimento di Culture del progetto, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Ca' Tron, Santa Croce 1957, 30135 Venezia