Shortly before 2009 draws to a close, Domus presents an exploration of the state of Italian architecture. Leafing through the magazine’s pages, you will find the most interesting results of our extensive survey of recent architecture throughout the land. Each of Intersections’ three articles is a different and indirect comment on this issue’s theme. In A Conversation Piece, Sebastiano Brandolini, Pippo Ciorra, Stefano Casciani and I discussed the identity of Italian architecture in these times of globalisation and the neo-vernacular. We talked about the generalised discredit with which architecture is regarded, and why its most interesting products are found at the northern and southern extremities of the Italian Peninsular, while remaining scarce in the central regions. We examined the role of the media in the evolution of critical conscience, and the responsibility of universities in the training of architects. We also considered what the future might bring. In his article Architecture. Variations on a note by Loos, Vitaliano Trevisan invites us to restore the right distance between chronology (past and present) and ontology (nature and culture). Defining the landscape as that which “simultaneously presents itself to the eye”, the writer sustains that architecture today should go straight to the “contents” without the additional “packaging”. In his article From Guarene to Etna, Filippo Maggia tells us about the ten-year anniversary of a unique inventory of contemporary Italian photography. The work of the photographers recounts the country’s paradoxical situation by illustrating the profound resemblance between architectural content and human content.