Architecture and Knowledge, as the volume’s title effectively anticipates, presents numerous essays exploring the multiple forms of knowledge involved in architectural art. The contributions speak of the relations between architecture and technology, political thought, planning, philosophy, history, hermeneutics, anthropology, psychology and aesthetics. This, however, does not take the form of an encroachment on other disciplinary fields, but confirms the “holistic” structure of architecture, an art that in its exercise must inevitably draw on a broad range of cultural and scientific instruments.
Architecture as an open art, enriched by the dialogue with multiple forms of knowledge, is, moreover, the most precious legacy we receive from the great architectural works of history, from both the remote past and modernity.
Texts by: Tim Benton, Silvia Berselli, Veronica Biermann, Matthias Brunner, Howard Burns, Jasper Cepl, Elena Chestnova, Michael Gnehm, Roberta Grignolo, Natalie Heger, Sonja Hildebrand, Daniela Mondini, Sascha Roesler, Angelika Schnell
Architettura e saperi
Architecture and Knowledge
a cura di / edited by
Sonja Hildebrand, Daniela Mondini,
19 x 24.5 cm, 248 pp.
97 ill. col., 55 ill. b/w
30 € / 35.‒ frsBuy
The book presents a series of installations, conceived and built by Riccardo Blumer’s students at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture. They are a further stage in a distinctive educational process where the fundamental principles of architecture are learned in particular by reflecting on the role of the human body: emphasising its poietic role (the body that builds objects), its scenic potential (the body as a spatial device in motion) and its function as a unit of measurement of the world. The students then identified two areas of investigation to be combined. On the one hand a simple, archetypical architectural theme (door, wall, path, etc.); and on the other, a reflection that investigates physical phenomena and their relation with the body, using electronics, programming, bricolage, etc. The result is a set of installations, which the observer’s body can interact with, and which gives rise to a meditation on the primary themes of architecture.
Seven Automatic Architectures
and other exercises
edited by Gabriele Neri
14 x 22,5 cm, 108 pp.
54 ill. col., 28 ill. b/w
english / italian
€ 20 / frs 23.‒Buy
This sixth issue of the series “Quaderni” from the BSc course in “Construction Systems and Processes” is devoted to the Cinema-Teatro Blenio, by Giampiero Mina (1956-1958). The second year students at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, guided by professor Franz Graf, carried out practical work on the Depot articulated in the collection and analysis of original documentation, the redrafting of the building plans and the production of axonometric projections and constructional models made to scale. A selection of the material collected for the course, with the original drawings and period photographs, together with a historical reading of the building, a structural analysis and a selection of students’ works make up this issue, which is intended not only to demonstrate the presence in Ticino of a notable architectural work, but also to furnish the operators responsible for its conservation with pointers about appropriate ways of carrying out maintenance or restoration work.
“Sistemi e processi della costruzione. Quaderno 6”
Cinema-Teatro Blenio, 1956-1958
Franz Graf, Britta Buzzi-Huppert
21 x 29.5 cm, 56 pp.
48 ill. b/w
english / italian
€ 18 / frs 20.–
How was work done, how did income accumulate, and how was business conducted in pre-industrial societies? Through the experiences described in this book, the reader will discover a series of features distinguishing the various forms of work. Some are well-known, others perhaps less so, but all fall into three spheres: diversification of sources of income, creation of networks of contacts (professional and familial, political and religious), and adoption of complex business strategies.
Labour and Business in Pre-Industrial Societies
14.5 x 19 cm, 264 pp.
21 ill. b/w
€ 25 / frs 25.–Buy