Since its foundation in 1996 at Mendrisio, the Accademia
di architettura-Università della Svizzera italiana has been actively engaged in the publishing of works
connected with the aims of its teaching and
research. The intention has always been
to foster a critical and independent view of current architectural thinking and action, while embracing
its artistic, scientific, ethical and civilised values. The Accademia’s goal is to train “territorial”
architects, who are thus aware of working in an environment that takes in and relates manmade signs
to nature. This clearly explains why the titles in its catalogue range from the history of art to
ecology and from the history of science to philosophy, from the study of works by the leading figures
and movements of modern and contemporary architecture, to the analytical exploration of their archives.
breadth of subjects covered by these publications reflects the fullness and ever more sharply focused
aims pursued not only in educational but in the broadest cultural terms by the Accademia di architettura.