Catalogue Mendrisio Academy Press
“The New over the Old was the title of the course I have held at the Academy in recent years, with the term ‘over’ indicating not so much the desire to conceal as conscious integration. In the relation between these two words lies the transition to the project, which we can identify as an attempt to represent the new distance between things. After sharing a path through my works, because the project is taught through projects, and I would not know how to do otherwise, but also with the precise support of a survey of the data accumulated in places, the final critical work of each student began, applied each year to a different Italian city. With the help of the five points (place, time, land, light, silence) identified as an interpretational sequence and trace to modify space, and abetted by the quiet of the studio sessions, we translated sensations into measurements, in keeping with a method aimed not at offering free or abstractly creative solutions, in the belief that architecture is transformed and cannot be improvised” (Paolo Zermani).
Quarantotto pagine: Paolo Zermani, Fondamenta
14,5 x 19 cm, 52 pp.
22 ill. b/w
€ 10 / frs 12.-
Gottfried Semper’s years of exile in London (1850-55) were a time of highly inspiring experiences. The London of the Great Exhibition offered the German architect an immense trove of objects for study and an intellectual environment that provided seminal impulses for his innovative cultural-historical theory of architecture. The present volume, resulting from a collaborative SNSF research project of the Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture, Università della Svizzera italiana, and the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich, positions Semper as both an observer and actor in this period. It goes beyond focusing on Semper as an individual person and considers his work as a designer, teacher, and writer of architecture against the backdrop of the historical, architectural, and disciplinary surroundings. Texts by: Elena Chestnova, Murray Fraser, Michael Gnehm, Sonja Hildebrand, Mari Hvattum, Claudio Leoni, Kate Nichols, Alina Payne, Philip Ursprung, Caroline van Eck, Dieter Weidmann, Beat Wyss.
26 Design studios, 14 Diploma studios, 97 courses, 90 lecturers, 116 assistants, more than 800 students: a year of teaching activity at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture.
Yearbook 2020. Accademia di architettura
24 × 24 cm, 384 pp.
515 ill. b/w, 51 ill, col.
english / italian
€ 18 / frs 20.–
The three essays brought together here offer a specific reading of different phases of Galfetti’s achievement. Starting from a single project, they demonstrate how the idea of a territorial architecture has always linked the project in his work (on every scale) to the place, the landscape and the territory. Texts by: Franz Graf, Nicola Navone, Laurent Stalder.Interview by Francesca Albani.
Aurelio Galfetti. Costruire lo spazio The Construction of Space
24 x 28 cm, 160 pp.
25 ill. b/w, 103 ill. col.
english / italian
€ 30 / frs 30.–
This book presents an outline of the foundation and growth of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, established in 1996 as a faculty of the coeval Università della Svizzera italiana. The school was immediately distinguished by an educational range that sought to create a dialogue between different disciplines, only seemingly remote from architecture, with historians, philosophers, artists and scientists engaging with the work of architects and urban planners. And in retracing the first 25 years of the Academy, the author, a world-famous architect and one of the founders of the school, also recounts architecture experienced as a generational commitment in the face of environmental changes.
Tracce di una scuola. Accademia di architettura a Mendrisio 1996-2021
Tracce di una scuola.
Accademia di architettura a Mendrisio
21 x 26 cm, 424 pp.
690 ill. col. and b/w
€ 35 / frs 35.–
“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).
Paolo Portoghesi. I ponti di Borromini
14.5 x 19 cm, 48 pp.
40 ill. col., 15 ill. b/w
€ 10 / frs 12.‒
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.
Tommaso Rodari e il Rinascimento comasco
19 x 24,5 cm
196 ill. b/w, 8 ill. col.
40 € / 40.‒ frs
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.
edited by Michele Arnaboldi
with Enrico Sassi and Francesco Rizzi
19 x 24,5 cm, 228 pp.
255 ill. b/w and col.
€ 39,00 / frs 39.–
This first “Quaderno” from the BSc course in “Construction Systems and Processes” is devoted to a building by Rino Tami from the fifties, the Avegno Depot of the Maggia S.A. Hydroelectric Workshops. 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.
Rino Tami. Deposito Avegno, 1953-1955
Franz Graf, Britta Buzzi-Huppert
21 x 29.5 cm, 48 pp.
36 ill. b/w.
english / italian
€ 15 / frs 20.–
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.
Roberto Bianconi Case Terenzio, 1969-1971
“Sistemi e processi della costruzione. Quaderno 9”
Franz Graf, Britta Buzzi-Huppert
21 x 29.5 cm, 64 pp.
35 ill. col., 25 ill. b/w
english / italian
€ 25 / frs 25.–
This volume has grown out of the international conference "Cosa è architetto. Domenico Fontana tra Melide, Roma e Napoli (1543-1607)", held in Mendrisio in autumn 2007. It was an important opportunity to take stock of the state of knowledge about Domenico Fontana, famous above all for the design of obelisks, whose work opened the era of the predominance of Ticinese architects on the Roman scene.The essays are by Antonio Becchi, Anna Bedon, Federico Bellini, Costanza Caraffa, Maurizia Cicconi, Giovanna Curcio, Sabina de Cavi, Giovanni Di Maio, Francesco Paolo Fiore, Margherita Fratarcangeli, Fulvio Lenzo, Paolo Mascilli Migliorini, Nicola Navone, Maria Raffaella Pessolano, Isabella Salvagni, Grete Stefani, Letizia Tedeschi, Christof Thoenes, Manuel Vaquero Pineiro, Sergio Villari.
Studi su Domenico Fontana
Giovanna Curcio, Nicola Navone,
19 x 24.5 cm, 352 pp.
150 ill. b/w
€ 38 / frs 45.–
Una selezione di disegni e documenti provenienti dagli archivi familiari degli architetti ticinesi Adamini e Gilardi, originari di Bigogno d’Agra e Montagnola, e attivi a San Pietroburgo e a Mosca tra la fine del XVIII e la metà del XIX secolo.
Architetti neoclassici ticinesi fra Neva e Moscova. I fondi grafici degli archivi Adamini e Gilardi
Nicola Navone, Alessandra Pfister
17 x 24 cm, 108 pp.
€ 19,6 / frs 30.–
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The 78 diploma projects proposed in 2013 by the students of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture in the design studios run by Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus, Walter Angonese, Michele Arnaboldi, Valentin Bearth, Martin Boesch, Mario Botta, Marianne Burkhalter and Christian Sumi, Antonio Citterio, Marc Collomb, Quintus Miller, Valerio Olgiati, Jonathan Sergison.
Moscow is today a mighty laboratory for experimentation in social and economic policy and urban planning. As a free market forms and capitalism gathers pace, a new metropolis of a kind never seen before is being born. Following the history of utopian experiments and physical transformations of the city in the 20th century, we can distinguish at least three different and specific approaches to the formation of a model of New Moscow: in the urban experimental projects of the 1920s, and in the master plans of 1935 and 1971. The goal of "New Moscow 4" is to show the kind of transformations Moscow has experienced since the renunciation of socialism, to help identify the character of the city’s regeneration as it switches to a capitalist economy, and to outline prospects for the city’s further development.Texts in English by Josep Acebillo, Blair A. Ruble, Alessandro De Magistris, Irina Korobina, Il’ya Lezhava.
New Moscow 4
16,5 × 19 cm, 180 pp.
184 ill. col., 34 ill. b/w
€ 16 / frs 25.-
A booklet documenting work by Studio Sergison at the Mendrisio Academy in the spring semester of 2009. The publication contains two papers by Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates, originally given as lectures in the course of the semester, a photographic record of the reference buildings analysed and of the projects produced by the students.
Studio Sergison, Schoolness
20 x 26.5 cm, 60 pp.
108 ill. b/w and col.
€ 7 / frs 10.–
Increasingly, and today even urgently, architecture needs to be understood as an interdisciplinary culture that deals with the organization of the living space, because the world beyond it is inevitably dominated by individual branches of knowledge, whether technical, engineering, scientific, organizational and even aesthetic. And if the logic of specialized spheres of competence gains the upper hand, these fields of knowledge will be transformed from indispensable contributions into precepts that reduce the project to a collage of solutions, with overall results that will be dismal. To prevent architecture from ending up relegated to the destiny of a technical service or mere aesthetic entertainment, it is essential to continuously rethink the design process in ways that will reinforce the figure of a total operator.Texts by Werner Oechslin, Stefano Musso, Bruno Pedretti, Christoph Frank, Sonja Hildebrand, Annemarie Jaeggi, Fulvio Irace, Manfredo di Robilant. Projects by: Atelier Cube, Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus, Bearth & Deplazes Architekten, Mario Botta, Bonell and Gil, Aurelio Galfetti.
Christoph Frank, Bruno Pedretti
19 x 24.5 cm, 320 pp.
126 ill. col., 90 ill. b/w
italian, english abstracts
€ 30 / frs 35.–
The Ticinese architect Luigi Canonica was employed by Napoleon in the years running from the Cisalpine Republic to the Kingdom of Italy and was again active at the Restoration. This book combines a monographic approach, aimed at the reconstruction and critical study of all of Canonica’s works, with an organization by major topics, such as his contribution to the process of urban renewal in Milan (he was the author, among other projects, of Foro Bonaparte and the Arena and drafted the first ever master plan for the city), his achievements in the architecture of gardens, villas, theaters and municipal buildings (such as the Villa Reale and Palazzo Reale in Milan and the Villa Reale with its park in Monza), and his role in the organization of offices for the control of architectural projects. Reflecting this organization, the book presents essays by scholars and historians together with some 200 analytical entries devoted to specific works written by other specialists.
Luigi Canonica 1764-1844. Architetto di utilità pubblica e privata
Letizia Tedeschi, Francesco Repishti
24 x 28 cm, 440 pp.
349 ill. col.
€ 95 / frs 120.-
Collected into this book are the contributions by Carlo Cattaneo (1801-1869) to the debate on the building of the trans-Alpine railway, viewed by the author from the perspective of a system of communication between ever wider and more complex cultures, whose civilised values he believed were not inferior to their economic ones.
Carlo Cattaneo. Scritti sulle trasversali alpine
24 x 24 cm, 328 pp.
120 ill. b/w
€ 33 / frs 50.–
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Fourth edition 2014Winner José María Sánchez García, Spain Candidates Boyd Cody Architects, Ireland; Arno Brandlhuber, Germany; Tom de Paor, Ireland; Anne Feenstra, Afghanistan, India, Nepal; Toni Gironès, Spain; Hall McKnight, Northern Ireland; Go Hasegawa, Japan; Akihisa Hirata, Japan; Hollmén Reuter Sandman, Finland; Höweler + Yoon Architecture, USA; Kumiko Inui, Japan; johnstonmarklee, USA; Carla Juaçaba, Brazil; Lassila Hirvilammi Architects / OOPEAA, Office for Peripheral Architecture, Finland; LTL Architects, USA; MAP Studio-Magnani Pelzel architetti associate, Italy; onishimaki + hyakudayuki architects, Japan; Sameep Padora, India; Smiljan Radic, Chile; Camilo Restrepo, Colombia; Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Norway; Mauricio Rocha, Mexico; Sergison Bates Architects, England; Studio Weave, England; TYIN tegnestue Architects Trondheim, Norway; Raphael Zuber, Switzerland
BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2014
24 x 24 cm, 180 pp.
287 ill. col., 77 ill. b/w
paperback in box
italian / english
€ 35 / frs 50.–
The panorama of Mexican architecture at the beginning of this century is a variegated one, revealing the widest conceptual, stylistic and formal expressions and a happy mixture of the austere language of the Modern Movement, the lively idiom of the vernacular, and the legacy of Luis Barragán. This book illustrates the vibrant urban context of Mexico City in a selection of works by ten architects: the imposing embassy by Teodoro González de León, the metaphysical towers of Ricardo Legorreta, the buildings of Augustín Landa and Augusto Quijano, and the most recent accomplishments which are also so richly diverse in their aesthetic conception of Enrique Norten, Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta, Alberto Kalach, Javier Sánchez, Mauricio Rocha and Fernando Romero.Texts in English by Josep Acebillo, Néstor García Canclini, José Luis Cortés Delgado, Miquel Adriá.
Contemporary Mexican Architectures
16,5 × 19 cm, 116 pp.
40 ill. col., 13 ill. b/w
€ 16 / frs 25.-