of Architecture


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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.


english / italian

Silvana Editoriale


€ 10 / frs 12.‒


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
english / italian
ISBN 9788887624847
€ 18 / frs 20.–


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

Elisa Valero, Spain


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

edited by

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


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


Louis Kahn and Venice: human relationships, projects, exhibitions, encounters with students, lectures and significant reflections, as in the lecture he delivered on the roof of the Doge’s Palace, before the domes of St Mark’s Basilica. Each chapter of this liaison develops thoughts on complex issues: the relation between the memory of the past and the culture of the present; the rereading of ancient architecture by a modern visionary; the partnership between architecture and engineering in a Palazzo imagined as a great suspension bridge; the reception of Kahn’s work in Italy and hopes for the project in modern culture. The sum of these experiences reveals Louis Kahn’s reading of Venice, offering insights explored in a historical key and in relation to the problems of the city today.

Texts by: Elisabetta Barizza, Mario Botta, Fulvio Irace, Gabriele Neri, Werner Oechslin.

Louis Kahn e/and Venezia

edited by / a cura di

Elisabetta Barizza, Gabriele Neri

27 x 27 cm, 222 pp.

50 ill. col., 150 ill. b/w


english / italian

Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836641628

€ 50 / frs 50.‒

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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,

Roberta Grignolo

19 x 24.5 cm, 248 pp.

97 ill. col., 55 ill. b/w


italian, english

Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836639748

€ 30 / frs 35.‒