Archivio del Moderno
The volume explores the work of Giulio Minoletti (1910-1981), Milanese architect, urbanist and designer, in relation to the various themes embodied in his works. Starting from his scientific and intellectual biography and creative beginnings, already notable for a propensity to absorb procedures, figures, types of pictorial and graphic composition from other disciplines, particularly the arts, the volume reconstructs Minoletti's position in the post-war debate on urban planning and his commitment to the modernisation of railway stations in Milan; his talent for working in delicate contexts, especially the historic fabric of the city of Milan, where he displayed spatial sensitivity and mastery in calibrating respect for the past with the search for modern solutions (as in the Condominium of superimposed villas at the Giardini d’Arcadia); his skill as a creator of spaces of life and display and “architecture in movement” (including the interior of the famous ETR 300-Settebello electric train and BZ 308 aircraft). These themes are all given a visual compendium in over 900 black-and-white and colour illustrations.
Lo spettacolo dell’architettura
Maria Cristina Loi, Christian Sumi, Annalisa Viati Navone
24 x 28 cm, 704 pp.
746 ill. b/w, 187 ill. col.
€ 55 / frs 60.‒Buy
Tomaso Adamini (1764-1827) and his sons Leone (1789-1854) and Domenico (1792-1860) were among the leading Ticinese architects and builders active in St. Petersburg, by the importance of their works and the duration of their activity, which extended from the last years of the reign of Catherine II until the mid-nineteenth century.
This book presents an annotated and illustrated catalogue of the holdings of their drawings in the Archivio del Moderno in Mendrisio: a fund comprising the drawings made by family members together with autograph sheets attributable to their employees or notable architects of the time: Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (1700-1771), Giacomo Quarenghi (1744-1817), Jean-François Thomas de Thomon (1759-1813), Carlo Rossi (1775-1849), Giovanni Battista Scotti (1776/77-1830), Alexander Brjullov (1798-1877), André Stackenschneider (1802-1865).
The catalogue is preceded by an extensive essay that frames the work of the Adamini architects in the setting of Russia and St. Petersburg, and within the context of the migrations of craft workers characteristic of the Ticinese area.
Gli architetti Adamini a San Pietroburgo.
La raccolta dei disegni conservati in Ticino
24 x 28 cm, 256 pp.
160 ill. col., 120 ill. b/w
italian, english abstract
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The book contains many previously unpublished essays on the theory and history of twentieth-century art and architecture, written as a tribute to Bruno Reichlin, architect and professor at various universities, well known for having developed an innovative approach to the analysis of the work of architecture, based on the development of critical instruments derived from the criticism of the literary text and art, and for his battles to preserve the architectural heritage of the twentieth century. The collection is structured in five sections devoted to the theory of art and architecture; changes in construction processes resulting from the introduction of new materials, techniques and technologies; analysis of one or more architectural works; methodological issues and practices bound up with the restoration of modern buildings.
Texts by: Joseph Abram, Fritz Achleitner, Paolo Amaldi, Tim Benton, Christian Bischoff, Martin Boesch, Yve-Alain Bois, François Burkhardt, Mario Carpo, Jean-Pierre Cêtre Giorgio Ciucci, Jean-Louis Cohen, Jürg Conzett, Wessel de Jonge, Yvan Delemontey, Catherine Dumont d’Ayot, Kenneth Frampton, Hartmut Frank, Aurelio Galfetti, Roberto Gargiani, Franz Graf, Philippe Grandvoinnet, Giuliano Gresleri, Roberta Grignolo, Alberto Grimoldi, Thomas Hasler, Ulrike Jelhe-Schulte Strathaus, Jacques Lucan, Guillemette Morel Journel, Nicola Navone, Werner Oechslin, Carlo Olmo, Luca Ortelli, Danièle Pauly, Carlo Piccardi, Marko Pogacnik, Sergio Poretti, Arthur Rüegg, Martin Steinmann, Adolph Stiller, Christian Sumi, Letizia Tedeschi, Ana Tostões, Ruggero Tropeano, Ivo Trümpy, France Vanlaethem, Annalisa Viati Navone, Daniele Vitale.
Studi sull’architettura del XX secolo dedicati a Bruno Reichlin
Etudes sur l’architecture du XXe siècle offertes à Bruno Reichlin
Studien über die Architektur des XX. jh. Für Bruno Reichlin
23 x 27.5 cm, 592 pp.
396 ill. b/w, 60 ill. col.
italian, english, french, german
€ 50 / frs 60.–
Giulio Minoletti (1910-1981) graduated in architecture in 1931, when he was just 21 years old, after experiences that included working as an illustrator and fashion designer during his university studies. At the Politecnico di Milano he completed a training with a traditionalist matrix, but at the same time observed with interest the work of Le Corbusier and Gropius, showing himself a firm supporter of modernity. His long professional career spanned two successful seasons, the thirties and the period of reconstruction, and was characterized by an unusual versatility of interests: he was represented at all the editions of the Milan Triennial 1930-1957, an assistant at the School of Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano 1930-1949 and active in the architectural debate in Milan. Minoletti’s work covered the whole scale, ranging from the design of the city to that of the object, with an ease that was the sign of a “wholly Italian versatility”, as Gio Ponti observed. Giulio Minoletti’s professional archive, of which this volume presents the analytical inventory, is preserved in the Archivio del Moderno in Mendrisio.
Giulio Minoletti (1910-1981)
Inventario analitico dell’archivio
15 x 21 cm, 384 pp.
144 ill. b/w
€ 30 / frs 35.–Buy
Giulio Minoletti (1910-1981), a Milanese architect, was notable for his remarkable versatility, his flair for experimental research into forms, materials, polychromes and hybrids between artistic genres that characterized his work as architect, builder and designer of housing estates, green areas, swimming pools and objects. This publication brings together the work of analysis of Minoletti’s works conducted by the students of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture during the spring semester of 2013, in collaboration with the Archivio del Moderno in Mendrisio, which preserves Minoletti’s archives. The complexity and variety of his output is firstly placed in its Italian and international setting in a timeline that opens the publication, and then illustrated through a broad collection of projects. An initial essay, a brief biography and a portfolio of recent photographs complete the volume.
architetto, urbanista e designer
Christian Sumi, Annalisa Viati Navone
23.5 x 16.5 cm, 200 pp.
359 ill. b/w, 91 ill. col.
€ 20 / frs 25.–Buy
This slender volume contains five studies devoted to one of the most famous Italian architects, Marco Zanuso (1916-2001), a true pioneer of design in Milan in the second half of the last century. His achievement, interpreted principally in relation to clients and the industry that endorsed his forward-looking insights and favoured the creation of cutting-edge projects, is investigated in the essays all accompanied by a refined series of illustrations.
Texts by Alberto Bassi, Fiorella Bulegato, Maddalena Scimemi, Christian Sumi, Letizia Tedeschi.
MZ Progetto integrato.
design, tecnica e industria
Alberto Bassi, Letizia Tedeschi
23.5 x 16.5 cm, 112 pp.
100 ill. b/w
italian, english abstracts
€ 15 / frs 20.–
This volume brings together for the first time a selection of the writings of the Milanese architect and designer Marco Zanuso (1916-2001). Chosen from articles, conference papers, lectures and public meetings, they include a number that are unpublished. The choice of texts seeks to represent the breadth of Zanuso’s interests, ranging from new techniques of mass production to the relations between art and architecture, the role of technology in design and management methods in the design process, and his contribution to the contemporary architectural debate.
The volume is accompanied by illustrations of Zanuso’s works and projects, from the architect’s rich photographic collection.
Foreword by Bruno Reichlin, introductory essay by Roberta Grignolo.
Scritti sulle tecniche
di produzione e di progetto
19 x 24.5 cm, 350 pp.
282 ill. b/w
€ 38 / frs 45.–
The volume presents essays in Italian and French by authoritative scholars and historians of architecture: Margherita Azzi Visentini, Martine Boiteux, Stefano Bosi, Francesco Ceccarelli, Gian Paolo Consoli, Blanche de la Taille, Alain Delaval, Elena Dellapiana, Fabrizio di Marco, Rossella Fabiani, Valeria Farinati, Luigi Gallo, Jean-Philippe Garric, Pascal Griener, Cecilia Hurley, Henry Lavagne, Jean-Michel Leniaud, Isabelle Leveque, Carlo Mambriani, Tommaso Manfredi, Fabio Mangone, Susanne Meyer, Odile Nouvel, Susanna Pasquali, Pierre Pinon, Daniel Rabreau, Pier Paolo Racioppi, Francesco Repishti, Marie Richard, Serenella Rolfi, Marc Saboya, Ilaria Sgarbozza, Letizia Tedeschi, Sergio Villari.
L’Architecture de l’Empire
entre France et Italie
Letizia Tedeschi, Daniel Rabreau
19 x 24.5 cm, 544 pp.
216 ill. b/w
french and italian
€ 45 / frs 55.–
Villa La Saracena, designed and built between 1955 and 1957 on the Tyrrhenian coast of Santa Marinella (near Rome), marked the fulfillment of the professional development of Luigi Moretti (1907-1973). This book covers in detail the design history of this architectural masterpiece and offers an original interpretation based on the critical categories of the “Mediterranean”, the Baroque and the Informal, which fuelled a lively cultural debate in the fifties. It brings out the dominant role of the building’s interior space, which creates both the form and structure and determines the surface variations and modulations of the play of light, distinctive transmutations of matter that constantly stir the viewer’s emotional responses.
With a preface by Bruno Reichlin.
Annalisa Viati Navone
La Saracena di Luigi Moretti
fra suggestioni mediterranee, barocche e informali
19 x 24.5 cm, 324 pp.
257 ill. b/w, 19 ill. col.
€ 38 / frs 45.–
This volume has grown out of the international conference "Cosa è architetto. Domenico Fontana tra Melide, Roma e Napoli (1543-1607)", held in Mendrisio in autumn 2007. It was an important opportunity to take stock of the state of knowledge about Domenico Fontana, famous above all for the design of obelisks, whose work opened the era of the predominance of Ticinese architects on the Roman scene.
The essays are by Antonio Becchi, Anna Bedon, Federico Bellini, Costanza Caraffa, Maurizia Cicconi, Giovanna Curcio, Sabina de Cavi, Giovanni Di Maio, Francesco Paolo Fiore, Margherita Fratarcangeli, Fulvio Lenzo, Paolo Mascilli Migliorini, Nicola Navone, Maria Raffaella Pessolano, Isabella Salvagni, Grete Stefani, Letizia Tedeschi, Christof Thoenes, Manuel Vaquero Pineiro, Sergio Villari.
Studi su Domenico Fontana
Giovanna Curcio, Nicola Navone,
19 x 24.5 cm, 352 pp.
150 ill. b/w
€ 38 / frs 45.–