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An artist of international renown based in Belgium, Koen Vanmechelen has centered his work on the relation between nature and culture throughout the course of an almost forty-year-long journey. Acclaimed for his exploration of the intersections between art and science, the artist tries, through his projects, to understand and pose questions on the great challenges of the 21st century. Sculptor, painter, performer, filmmaker, as well as a human rights advocate, the artist has rounded out his projects for the hybridization of both animals and plants with the contamination of the figurative arts, of materials and media making formal proliferation within conceptual complexity his own personal earmark on a creative universe that is as unique as it is unmistakable. This catalogue of the exhibition illustrates more than sixty-five pieces ‒ which were all realized between 1982 and 2019 ‒ intended to highlight the more strictly plastic aspects of his body of work. 

Texts by: Boas Erez, Mario Botta, Didi Bozzini, James Putnam, Marcus Thelen, Pierluigi Panza, Koen Vanmechelen.

Koen Vanmechelen,

The Worth of Life 1982-2019

edited by / a cura di

Didi Bozzini

27 x 27 cm, 222 pp.

80 ill. col., 23 ill. b/w

hardcover

english / italian

Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836645015

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28 Design studios, 13 Diploma studios, 92 courses, 95 lecturers, 112 assistants, 808 students: a year of teaching activity at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture.

Academy of Architecture

Yearbook 2018

24 × 24 cm, 360 pp.
426 ill. b/w, 67 ill, col.
paperback
english / italian
ISBN 9788887624861
€ 18 / frs 20.–

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This eighth issue of the series “Quaderni” from the BSc course in “Construction Systems and Processes” is devoted to the Scuola media Losone, by Livio Vacchini and Aurelio Galfetti (1972-1974). The second year students at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, guided by professor Franz Graf, carried out practical work on the building 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 8”

Livio Vacchini, Aurelio Galfetti

Scuola media Losone, 1972-1974

edited by

Franz Graf, Britta Buzzi-Huppert

21 x 29.5 cm, 64 pp.
13 ill. col., 37 ill. b/w
paperback
english / italian
ISBN 9788887624854
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Thus denominated on the basis of the indicative number of pages in each volume, it is the purpose of the series to witness the ways in which today’s architectural culture is approached and transmitted through teaching. The publications especially focus on the activity of the visiting professors invited at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, and thus preserve their cultural contribution.

«Design cannot be taught as objective knowledge with a clearly defined content, and this is one reason why instruction in this field cannot be integrated into orthodox university models. Teaching design means asking students to experience the project from within, to follow a path of non-linear, analogous, associative, and open-ended thinking combining intuition with the application of objective knowledge. Above all, it calls for a coherent theoretical and formal narrative that is not determined a priori, but rather while the project itself is being worked out. Students must directly experience how anything, or almost anything, can be transformed into an architectural idea. This is likely a new approach for them as it breaks with the positivist instruction and scientific fundamentals on which most of the educational systems they experience before entering a school of architecture are based. My teaching is not unilateral: it is itself, in an analogical way, hesitant, wavering, coming together bit by bit as it goes along» (Éric Lapierre).

Forty Eight Pages:

Éric Lapierre

14,5 x 19 cm, 60 pp.

27 ill. b/w and col.

paperback

english / italian

Silvana Editoriale

9788836642380

€ 10 / frs 12.‒

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This seventh issue of the series “Quaderni” from the BSc course in “Construction Systems and Processes” is devoted to the Arsenale militare Biasca (1940-1942), a complex designed by  the architects Giuseppe Antonini, Giannetto Broggini, Bruno Brunoni, Giuseppe Ferrini, Ferdinando Fischer, Augusto Jäggli, Americo and Attilio Marazzi, Oswald Roelly, Carlo and Rino Tami. The second year students at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, guided by professor Franz Graf, carried out practical work on the Arsenale articulated in the collection and analysis of original documentation, the redrafting of the buildings 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 buildings, 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 7”

Antonini, Broggini, Brunoni, Ferrini, Fischer, Jäggli, Marazzi, Roelly, Tami

Arsenale militare Biasca

edited by

Franz Graf, Britta Buzzi-Huppert

21 x 29.5 cm, 60 pp.
38 ill. b/w
paperback
english / italian
ISBN 9788887624847
€ 18 / frs 20.–

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Promoted by the Swiss Architectural Foundation, in collaboration with the Academy of Architecture-USI (Università della Svizzera italiana), and the support of Fondazione Teatro dell’architettura and Fondazione per le Facoltà di Lugano dell’Università della Svizzera italiana, the award is given to architects aged under 50, of any nationality, that contributed, thanks to their work, to contemporary architectural culture showing a particular sensitivity towards environmental balance. The candidates are selected by an international committee of advisors made up by renowned architects and architecture critics. Each candidate was required to present to the Judging Panel three completed works.

Sixth edition 2018
Winner

Elisa Valero, Spain

Candidates

Al Borde (Ecuador), Arquitetos Associados (Brazil), Barozzi Veiga (Spain), Baserga Mozzetti (Switzerland), baukuh (Italy), Fernanda Canales (Mexico), ChartierDalix (France), José Cubilla (Paraguay), Frida Escobedo (Mexico), Gong Dong-Vector Architects (China), H+F Arquitetos (Brazil), Anna Heringer (Germany), Akihisa Hirata (Japan), Anne Holtrop (The Netherlands / Bahrain), Hua Li / Trace Architecture Office (Cina), Kumiko Inui (Japan), Carla Juaçaba (Brazil), Anssi Lassila / Office for Peripheral Architecture (Finland), Li Zhang / TeamMinus (China), Ling Hao (Singapore), Rozana Montiel (Mexico), Daniel Moreno Flores (Ecuador), onishimaki + hyakudayuki architects (Japan), Orkidstudio Architects (Kenya), Oualalou + Choi (France /Morocco), PAO – People’s Architecture Office (China), James Russell (Australia), Sami Arquitectos (Portugal), SO-IL (USA), Marina Tabassum (Bangladesh), TNA Architects (Japan).

Swiss Architectural Award

2018
edited by

Nicola Navone
24 x 24 cm, 192 pp.
400 ill. col., 77 ill. b/w

paperback

italian / english
Silvana Editoriale
ISBN 9788836641970
€ 45 / frs 50.-

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