Academy of architecture


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
Il Fondo André Corboz a Mendrisio
The exhibition presents the intellectual and visual cosmos of André Corboz (1928- 2012). Straddling art history and architecture history, Corboz’ contributions to the history of urbanism and the contemporary urban condition are best remembered. In a period less defined by urban neo-historicism than by the critical reflection of modernity he coined terms such as “hyperville” (ITAL=”ipercittà”) and “territory as palimpsest” (ITAL=”territorio come palinsesto”). Although Corboz witnessed the cultural shifts associated with postmodernism he was no protagonist on its battlegrounds – except perhaps in urban and historic preservation. Introducing to its discourse the concept of “re-animation”, Corboz was indebted to Eco’s open work of art. A keen interest in the project of Enlightenment and in the representation of proto-industrial urban space were already apparent in the title and scope of his first book: Invention de Carouge. 1772–1792 (1968). Receiving his law degree in 1952, Corboz had a circuitous academic career. In 1980 he submitted his dissertation on La Venise imaginaire de Canaletto to French anthropologist Gilbert Durand and became Paul Hofer’s successor at ETH Zurich.
The exhibition maps the “disciplinary nomadism” (Bernardo Secchi) of a scholar who navigated between various fields. Insights into the trajectory of an inquiry and its specific thematic environments are now possible at Accademia di architettura. With cataloging completed in 2017, Fondo Corboz provides an encompassing research base as well as access to 23 757 books that now form part of the Accademia library. The collection retains the organizational logic of Corboz’ private library in Geneva. Moreover, the extensive holdings in Palazzo Turconi include personal work materials that document a professional career lasting half a century. Containing 43.371 slides and 28.291 postcards, the visual archive reveals Corboz as an accomplished photographer. The exhibition illuminates how both travel and the camera stimulated an intellectual creativity that led to unique interpretations of space.
Between invention and imagination:
André Corboz and the territory as palimpsest

27 April – 2 November 2018

Biblioteca dell’Accademia
di architettura

curated by
André Bideau with Elisabetta Zonca

Il Fondo André Corboz

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Augusto Guidini
Augusto Guidini from Barbengo, Ticino (1853-1928) is rated in the Swiss architectural inventory 1850-1920 - INSA as a pioneer of art history and restoration together with prominent personalities such as Jacob Burckhardt, Johann Rudolf Rahn, Edoardo Berta and Eugen Probst. The same publication also places him among the most important and cultivated architects of the period by publishing his portrait on its cover next to the portraits of Gottfried Semper, Karl Moser and Hans Bernoulli. These flattering considerations have not yet been followed by an appropriate amount of historic and artistic research.
The Academy of architecture library in Mendrisio, curator of Augusto Guidini's and many other famous architects' book donations, now sets out to fill this gap and presents the results of new research based on previously unpublished archival fonds, direct sources, evidence from his built work, and his architectural heritage.
This first monographic study of Augusto Guidini's work, enriched by a complete and detailed atlas of built and unbuilt projects, publishes contributions by Riccardo Bergossi, Stefania Bianchi, Valeria Farinati, Arnaldo Guidini, Chiara Lumia, Ornella Selvafolta, and Angela Windholz. They trace the human and professional destiny of this versatile artist, refined draughtsmann and major intellectual figure of his times.
New book by the Academy of architecture Library

Augusto Guidini di Barbengo
architetto, giornalista, politico

a cura di Angela Windholz
Mendrisio ; Bellinzona : Mendrisio Academy Press ; Edizioni Casagrande, 2016
158 p. : ill.
ISBN: 9788877137272

Launch price, only at the library's loan desk:
CHF 30.-
New database subscription
Birkhäuser Building Types Online is an online resource for teaching and practice of architectural design. It is based on Birkhäuser's professional publications issued between 2002 and 2016, and includes more than 850 case studies and more than 120 thematic articles on specific aspects of individual building types. It provides access to approx. 5000 mostly vector-based architectural drawings of high quality as well as to 2000 photographs of the buildings.
Access On-campus access only
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)
  • Archithese (from 1980)
  • 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)

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Document delivery
All document delivery request forms (books and journals from storage or documents in interlibrary loan) are now only available online and are located under the Tools section in the left menu.
Documents from storage are delivered three times a day: at 10:00am if requested before 9:00am, at 2:00pm if requested before 1:00pm, and at 5:00pm if requested before 4:00pm. Documents requested Fridays after 4:00pm, Saturdays or Sundays are delivered the following Monday at 10:00am.
New database subscription
The library now subscribes to OnArchitecture, an online audiovisual service providing a panorama of the world's main authors, works, experiences and problematics related to the field of architecture. OnArchitecture's collection features original videos, such as interviews, buildings and installations, all of this enriched with a selection of complementary material -documents and audiovisuals- about the main authors and figures of contemporary architecture. Currently, the platform contains 170 videos.
Access the new database On-campus access only
New scanners
Starting today, copies in the library will 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 will also be affected by the new digital 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