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“This evening, to avoid boring you with familiar matters, I will talk about Borromini as a bridge builder, though physically he never built any. To understand the sense in which the word ‘bridge’ is to be understood, I will give the definition that a philosopher gave, which I will have occasion to speak of again. ‘The bridge rises light and powerful above the river. It not only connects two banks that already exist. The connection established by the bridge firstly causes the two banks to appear as banks. It is the bridge that properly opposes one to the other. The one bank is detached from and opposed to the other by virtue of the bridge. The banks then do not simply bound the river as the nondescript edges of dry land. With the two banks, the bridge each time brings one and the other expanse of the surrounding landscape. It brings the river, the banks and the surrounding land into reciprocal closeness’. The banks that Borromini’s bridges distinguish and connect are many. Those we will talk about are six: the North and the South of Europe; decoration and the architectural organism; the forms of architecture and their meanings; composition and decomposition as a design method; virtual and real; architecture and life” (Paolo Portoghesi).

Quarantotto pagine:

Paolo Portoghesi

I ponti di Borromini

14.5 x 19 cm, 48 pp.

40 ill. col., 15 ill. b/w



Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836647989

€ 10 / frs 12.‒


How can we avoid the creation of new ghettos or the proliferation of dormitory neighbourhoods? How does architectural action encourage ties between individual and family life and the social and collective dimensions? The special character of social housing lies in this twofold specificity: it responds to primary needs and offers scenarios of life capable of accommodating the complexity of public space. In doing so, the design of social housing is closely bound up with the urban fact and its deep social, cultural and temporal stratification. The design of important sections of the city constitutes the underlying motif of all 15 editions of WISH (Workshop on International Social Housing), a formative project launched in 2003 by the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture and recounted in this volume.

Quindici anni di WISH

Workshop on International Social Housing


edited by

Martino Pedrozzi, Andrea Nardi

17 x 24 cm

280 pp.

96 ill. col., 204 ill. b/v



ISBN 9788887624915 

€ 39 / frs. 39.‒


This book is the outcome of a teaching project stemming from a consolidated approach to research into the contemporary city. It uses the case of Milan as an introduction to the study of the co-evolution between social city and physical city, an analytical and project theme that has marked modern urban planning.

The first part describes the process of formation of the city of Milan as it is in fact; the second presents a methodology for analysing the morphology of the territory of the municipality of San Donato Milanese, interpreted as part, as a district, of Greater Milan.

Antonio Calafati,

Carlottavio Basellini, Alberto De Lorenzo, Stefano Zoli

Milano: città e territorio.

Uno studio di caso

19 x 22,5 cm

96 pp.

80 ill. col., 14 ill. b/w



Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836646647 

€ 20 / frs. 20.‒


This volume brings together a series of contributions illustrating the work done in recent years by the Laboratorio Ticino, a structure of the USI Academy of Architecture devoted to the design of the territory, whose work also flows into the teaching and dissemination of urban culture and contemporary landscape design.

Texts by Michele Arnaboldi, Gianni Biondillo, Riccardo Blumer, Frédéric Bonnet, Claudio Ferrata, Aurelio Galfetti, João Nunes, Gian Paolo Torricelli e Simone Garlandini.

Laboratorio Ticino

edited by Michele Arnaboldi

with Enrico Sassi and Francesco Rizzi
19 x 24,5 cm, 228 pp.
255 ill. b/w and col.

ISBN 9788887624885
€ 39,00 / frs 39.–



Through an analysis of the artistic and social dynamics underlying the organisation and direction of the important construction site of Como cathedral, on which painters, master glass-makers, goldsmiths and sculptors were active, and by retracing the historiography of the four brothers Rodari, the volume reconstructs the work of Tommaso and his workshop, reordering the chronology of some works and proposing a linear path from his early to his late activity.

Preface by Giovanni Agosti.

Mirko Moizi

Tommaso Rodari

e il Rinascimento comasco

19 x 24,5 cm

340 pp.

196 ill. b/w, 8 ill. col.



Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836644759

40 € / 40.‒ frs

Open Access


This nineth issue of the series “Quaderni” from the BSc course in “Construction Systems and Processes” is devoted to the Case Terenzio (1969-1971), by Roberto Bianconi. The second year students at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, guided by professor Franz Graf, carried out practical work on the Houses 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 9”

Roberto Bianconi

Case Terenzio, 1969-1971

edited by

Franz Graf, Britta Buzzi-Huppert

21 x 29.5 cm, 64 pp.
35 ill. col., 25 ill. b/w
english / italian
ISBN 9788887624878
€ 25 / frs 25.–