This collection of studies investigates the works and cultural context of Giovanni Battista Mola and his son Pier Francesco, who hailed from Coldrerio (Canton Ticino, Switzerland) but were mainly active in Rome and the Papal States. Both were inquiring and many-sided, like their art. The former expressed his talent through architecture and historiographic writings; the latter, after an early training with his father, turned to painting, drawing and caricature, playing an important part on the Roman scene, where he was imitated by his pupils and colleagues as the highly appreciated inventor of new iconographic themes inspired by the ancient world.
Preface by Christoph Frank.
Texts by: Adriano Amendola, Sonja Brink, Patrizia Cavazzini, Valeria Di Giuseppe Di Paolo, Federico Fischetti, Axel Christoph Gampp, Carla Mazzarelli, Elisabeth Oy-Marra, Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodinò, Antonio Russo, Giovanni Santucci, Cinzia Maria Sicca, Yuri Strozzieri, Caterina Volpi, Jörg Zutter.
I Mola da Coldrerio
tra dissenso e accademia
nella Roma Barocca
Adriano Amendola, Jörg Zutter
19 x 24,5 cm, 328 pp.
190 ill. b/w, 18 ill. col.
€ 35 / frs. 40.‒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
29 design studios, 13 diploma studios, 90 courses, 97 lecturers, 121 assistants, 803 students: a year of teaching activity at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture.
Accademia di architettura
24 × 24 cm, 352 pp.
372 ill. b/w, 65 ill. col.
inglese / italian
€ 18 / frs 20.–
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