Academy of architecture

New system
#BiUSIrevolution: the virtual migration of USI libraries

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Biblioteca 2021

We're moving!
The Academy of architecture Library closes… and reopens in Palazzo Turconi
Suspension of services and closure to move the library from 3 December 2020 to 31 January 2021

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Library 2021

Fulltext e-resources
A selection of digital collections to retrieve documents even during the shift to online teaching. If you experience problems with fulltext resources, do not hesitate to contact us.

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bibliographic search interface

LuMen is divided into three search environments: the Library collections, ULiSSE, and federated search in databases.

The Library collections contain:
  • all records catalogued at the Library of the Academy
  • e-journals either in subscription or open-access and relevant to the library's sphere of activity
  • the integral index of the two Ticino jounals devoted to architecture ("Rivista tecnica della Svizzera italiana" 1914-2005 and "Archi" 1998->)

ULiSSE (University Library Service Search Engine) is a mega-index made of hunderds of millions bibliographic records among which the Library selected the most relevant for the Academy's sphere of activity. Resources immediately accessible as full-text are highlighted in the search results.

The interface's searchable databases can be combined at will and can be searched simultaneously. To access the database selection mask, please see the "Useful links" section on the right. Logging in ensures that one's choices are saved and will be found on every subsequent access
Open Access
USI published its Open Access Policy Guidelines, which define the general approach that the University intends to adopt with regard to Open Access.

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New database subscription:
Art & Architecture Source
Art & Architecture Source is the largest (partly full text and partly bibliographic) art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.

Open-shelf journals
In the reading room, on the new R1 and R2 shelves, two more journals are now available open-shelf: A+U and AV monografías. The updated list now reads:
  • A+U (from 1996)
  • Abitare (from 1970)
  • Archi (from 1998)
  • Architectural design (from 1970)
  • Architectural record (from 1970)
  • L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui (from 1970)
  • AV monografías (from 2000)
  • Bauwelt (from 1979, except for the year 1992)
  • Casabella (from 1970)
  • Domus (from 1970)
  • Rivista tecnica (from 1970)
  • Werk, Bauen + Wohnen (from 1980)

Go to the map to find the R1 shelf
Copies in the library can only be made in digital form and sent directly to your USB stick: easy, environment friendly, free, and respectful of the integrity of books.
Loan rules and reading room practices are also affected by the new panoramic scanners.

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Jean Nouvel, Claude Parent : musées à venir : [Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, du 14 janvier au 28 février 2016]
sous la dir. de Donatien Grau
Paris : Actes Sud, 2016
227 p. : ill.
ISBN: 978-2-330-05686-5
Freshly catalogued
Painting : critical and primary sources
edited by Beth Harland and Sunil Manghani
London : Bloomsbury, 2016
4 vol.
ISBN: 978-0-8578-5499-5,978-0-8578-5517-6,978-0-8578-5632-6,978-0-8578-5650-0
Sempering : process and pattern in architecture and design : [MUDEC, Museo delle culture, Milano, 2 Aprile - 12 Settembre 2016, per la 21. Triennale di Milano]
[a cura di Luisa Collina, Cino Zucchi]
Cinisello Balsamo : Silvana, 2016
224 p. : ill.
ISBN: 978-88-366-3438-5
La costruzione delle Alpi : il Novecento e il modernismo alpino (1917-2017)
Antonio De Rossi
Roma : Donzelli, 2016
655 p. : ill.
ISBN: 978-88-6843-526-4