Università
della
Svizzera
italiana
Academy
of Architecture

 
 

Quarantotto pagine

M.A.P.  

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.

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Silvana Editoriale

9788836642380

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«One moment is not like another. To wait for the right moment. Or to see the right moment. First this one. Patience. And then the next. Ready to see it. This moment, that is what it is about. This moment, which could be a definition. One of the definitions. Of architecture. On architecture. The moment when things that are seemingly unrelated suddenly and immediately seem to really relate to each other» (Jan De Vylder).

Forty Eight Pages:

Jan De Vylder

14,5 x 19 cm, 52 pp.

49 ill. b/w and col.

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Silvana Editoriale

9788836637232

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«Many years ago I was struck by a lecture by the German philosopher Hans Robert Jauss, who maintained that in life … it is important to be prepared. I realised that we must always work hard and that even in the absence of any real prospects, what is important is to be prepared. As we know, the idea of a project pre-exists to some degree the opportunities of time and place, and that makes Jauss’ philosophical suggestion even more useful for us as architects, as it reminds us that preparation is a form of project design» (Francesco Venezia).

Forty Eight Pages:

Francesco Venezia

14,5 × 19 cm, 52 pp.

22 ill. b/w, 1 ill. col.

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Silvana Editoriale

9788836630691

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«Hélène Binet’s photographs pose intriguing questions about the relations of the viewed subject and the artistic intention, entity and detail, space and atmosphere, materiality and illumination. … Buildings turn into landscapes, while landscapes become intimate tactile surfaces as if they were the aged leather of a living creature. Even air tends to take on characteristics of solid matter; the sky is no longer a void, as it projects a sense of gravity and opacity. Her images accentuate materiality, as if they were intended to be experienced through the skin rather than the eyes» (Juhani Pallasmaa).

Forty Eight Pages:

Hélène Binet

edited by

Daniela Mondini

14,5 × 19 cm, 68 pp.

22 ill. b/w, 1 ill. col.

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Silvana Editoriale

9788836630707

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