of Architecture


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The Atlas is the outcome of the PNR 65 research on “Public Space in the ‘Città Ticino’ of Tomorrow”.

The research established four territorial units: 1. River Ticino North; 2. River Ticino South; 3. Ceresio Basin; 4. Insubria triangle. The same methodology for analysis and design process is applied to each territorial unit. Each volume of the Atlas collects a series of critical contributions in the form of essays, a complete set of territorial and urbanistic analysis maps, design projects drawings (territorial and urbanistic scale: 1:25’000, 1:5’000), a selection of design studios from the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture on topics identified by the research.



Texts by Aurelio Galfetti, Alessandro Balducci, Remigio Ratti, Gianni Biondillo, Mario Botta.

Atlante Città Ticino

4. Comprensorio

Triangolo insubrico

edited by

Michele Arnaboldi


Enrico Sassi

and Francesco Rizzi

26.5 x 38 cm, 224 pp.
126 ill. col., 230 ill. b/w

ISBN 9788887624793
€ 48 / frs 50.–


Yellowred is a publication that concerns architecture projects, built on preexisting architecture, converting, reusing, extending, downsizing or refurbishing it. Its main goal is to illustrate how buildings, in their inevitable transformation process, can be re-used. This publication will collect a number of projects that show a capacity to rediscover in the existing building hidden potentialities, transforming them in opportunities for the re-used building. It wants to talk about the strategies, themes, ideas and advantages of extending the lifespan of an existing structure, which has become a widely diffused practice due to today’s global commitment for what concerns sustainability. On the other hands Yellowred will look at examples from the past, showing that reusing existing buildings has always been part of architects’ concerns, for economic, social or cultural reasons. 


On Reused Architecture
edited by

Martin Boesch, Laura Lupini,

João Machado

21 x 29.5 cm, 176 pp.
150 ill. b/w, 125 ill. col.


Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836636211

€ 29 / frs 29.–


This fifth issue of the series “Quaderni” from the BSc course in “Construction Systems and Processes” is devoted to the Centrale Idroelettrica Nuova Biaschina, built in Personico by Augusto Jäggli with Giovanni Lombardi and Giuseppe Gellera (1962-1967). 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 5”

Augusto Jäggli, Giovanni Lombardi, Giuseppe Gellera

Centrale Idroelettrica Nuova Biaschina, 1962-1967

edited by

Franz Graf, Britta Buzzi-Huppert

21 x 29.5 cm, 56 pp.
46 ill. b/w
english / italian
ISBN 9788887624779
€ 18 / frs 20.–



Tomaso Adamini (1764-1827) and his sons Leone (1789-1854) and Domenico (1792-1860) were among the leading Ticinese architects and builders active in St. Petersburg, by the importance of their works and the duration of their activity, which extended from the last years of the reign of Catherine II until the mid-nineteenth century.

This book presents an annotated and illustrated catalogue of the holdings of their drawings in the Archivio del Moderno in Mendrisio: a fund comprising the drawings made by family members together with autograph sheets attributable to their employees or notable architects of the time: Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (1700-1771), Giacomo Quarenghi (1744-1817), Jean-François Thomas de Thomon (1759-1813), Carlo Rossi (1775-1849), Giovanni Battista Scotti (1776/77-1830), Alexander Brjullov (1798-1877), André Stackenschneider (1802-1865).

The catalogue is preceded by an extensive essay that frames the work of the Adamini architects in the setting of Russia and St. Petersburg, and within the context of the ​migrations of craft workers characteristic of the Ticinese area.

Nicola Navone
Gli architetti Adamini a San Pietroburgo.
La raccolta dei disegni conservati in Ticino
24 x 28 cm, 256 pp.

160 ill. col., 120 ill. b/w


italian, english abstract

Silvana Editoriale

ISBN 9788836635443

€ 55 / frs 60.–


What does the industrial past of the Alps teach us?

The various studies contained in this volume explore differences and similarities in the protection of the industrial heritage in relation to the evolution of memory and the construction of the heritage in recent decades in the alpine world.

Alpi e patrimonio industriale

edited by

Luigi Lorenzetti

Nelly Valsangiacomo

14.5 x 19 cm, 308 pp.

31 ill. b/w


italian, french, german

ISBN 9788887624786

€ 25 / frs 25.–