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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.

Atelier Blumer

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

Corraini Edizioni

ISBN 9788875707149

€ 20 / frs 23.‒


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

edited by

Adriano Amendola, Jörg Zutter

19 x 24,5 cm, 328 pp.

190 ill. b/w, 18 ill. col.



Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836638567

€ 35 / frs. 40.‒


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”

Giampiero Mina

Cinema-Teatro Blenio, 1956-1958

edited by

Franz Graf, Britta Buzzi-Huppert

21 x 29.5 cm, 56 pp.
48 ill. b/w
english / italian
ISBN 9788887624823
€ 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

edited by

Roberto Leggero

14.5 x 19 cm, 264 pp.

21 ill. b/w


italiano, english

ISBN 9788887624830

€ 25 / frs 25.–


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

Yearbook 2017

24 × 24 cm, 352 pp.
372 ill. b/w, 65 ill. col.
inglese / italian
ISBN 9788887624816
€ 18 / frs 20.–