Almost six years ago, TF went to press for the first time; the cover story for that first issue was on the Loggia Isozaki project. Part of an ambitious 60-million-euro renovation and development project called Grandi Uffizi, the controversial loggia was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki for the new Uffizi exit in Piazza del Grano. Isozaki won the international competition to redesign the new eastern exit in 1998. Although it was scheduled for completion in 2003, the project has been on the back burner for years and its future remains unknown today. In January 2011, Florence mayor Matteo Renzi gave his support to the Isozaki project: ‘The city of Florence is in favour of the project designed by Arata Isozaki for the new Uffizi exit; we will, however, deal with the issue only after the work to enlarge the museum's exhibition space is completed ... Isozaki won the competition, the problem is that a part of ministerial officials want the loggia, while another part does not. Our position, in general, is to forge ahead with the decisions that have already been made. What's important is to make sure the Isozaki issue doesn't hamper the completion of the Grandi Uffizi project, because I'm interested in finishing what's been started.' Here, Florence-born architect Andrea Ponsi gives us an architect's take on the Isozaki issue and speaks of the precarious state of public works projects in Italy, where it is difficult to forge a link between tradition and modernity.