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Academy
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architecture
Library

Salotto Turconi

Presentazione del libro
Cigarrilhas. Dois meses no escritório de Oscar Niemeyer
di Martino Pedrozzi
Romano Guerra Editora, San Paolo 2022

Il libro è l’edizione brasiliana tradotta in portoghese da Angelo Bucci di: Mini Cigarillos. Due mesi nello studio di Oscar Niemeyer.
LetteraVentidue, Siracusa, 2020

La presentazione ha luogo negli spazi della biblioteca dell’Accademia di architettura in cui è visitabile fino all’11 novembre l’esposizione "Il tratto e la parola. Schizzi originali di Oscar Niemeyer dalla collezione di Martino Pedrozzi".
Curata da Sidi Vanetti, Vincenzo Tuccillo e Martino Pedrozzi.

Nel 1999 Martino Pedrozzi, giovane architetto svizzero da poco laureato, vive il sogno di lavorare nello studio di Oscar Niemeyer a Copacabana. Con Cigarrilhas ci restituisce, attraverso 26 brevissime prose, un ritratto inedito e intimo del grande architetto brasiliano.

Programma

Benvenuto e introduzione

Angela Windholz

Presentazione del libro

Matteo Terzaghi in dialogo con l’autore


L’evento sarà seguito da un rinfresco.



Book launch
Cigarrilhas. Dois meses no escritório de Oscar Niemeyer
by Martino Pedrozzi



18 October 2022
6:30 pm

Presentation of the book
Ceating Coromandel. Marco Zanuso in South Africa
by Edna Peres and Andrea Zamboni
Artifice Press, 2022

Creating Coromandel explores the decade-long partnership between Milanese architect and designer Marco Zanuso (1916–2001) and the South African fashion retailers Sydney Arnold Press (1919–1997) and Victoria de Luria Press (1927–2015), whose shared passion for design spurred them to create the enigmatic home Coromandel in the southern tip of Africa. It continues to inspire a growing number of architects interested in building within a natural context.
The farmhouse, which sits in a spectacular valley in Lydenburg, 275km north-east of Pretoria, was built in 1975 and has since developed a cult following for its unusual aesthetic – part building, part ruin, part wilderness. Coromandel House was initiated in 1969, and yielded a decade-long partnership resulting in Coromandel House and also Edgardale (1978), the Press family’s business headquarters. Creating Coromandel is more than an in-depth monograph, offering an alternative syntheses of the bigger context in which weights and hierarchies are redistributed more convincingly. The authors discuss the main themes in the book mainly the design of the house which today are lauded as environmental or sustainable design, as well as the association between the clients, the architect and prominent personalities, including Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) and Italian landscape architect Pietro Porcinai (1910–1986).
Creating Coromandel documents Zanuso’s extraordinary skill, but also offers a glimpse into the design process and amount of collaboration it involves. Fans of Zanuso, architects, designers, historians, photographers and anyone interested in design and architecture are invited to attend this presentation of an inspirational story behind the process of building a legacy.

Programma

Welcome

Christoph Frank

Introduction

Christian Sumi

Presentation of the book

Edna Peres, Andrea Zamboni


Panel discussion

Nicola Navone, Christian Sumi

Conclusion

Christian Sumi



Book presentation
Ceating Coromandel. Marco Zanuso in South Africa
by Edna Peres and Andrea Zamboni



29 September 2022
6:30 pm

Presentation of the anastatic re-edition of the book
Carlo Scarpa Architetto Poeta
by Sergio Los
Editrice Artistica Bassano 2021

Sergio Los proposes for discussion this book/lecture Carlo Scarpa Architetto Poeta, republished after its first publication in 1967. It was then the first book on Carlo Scarpa's architecture and described an interpretation of both the works and the compositional practices, aimed at enabling the students of his first course to apply them in their exercises. In 1983 Los was commissioned by the Rector of the University to carry out the project which Scarpa had outlined in the book, and he then drew up a project to make it executable, an architectural score to be used in future maintenance and restoration projects. This project/score, which also documents the construction of the building, was published in a second book, Verum Ipsum Factum of 1985. When Los began his studies at the IUAV University, he considered architecture to be an artistic activity, and was therefore interested in its cognitive faculty, in its ability to produce meaning. The book we present was composed to overcome the dissociation of design practice into aesthetics and techno-science, showing how Scarpa, thinking in figures through drawing, elaborated solutions using architecture to pursue an understanding of problematic situations that did not exist before, rather than copying pre-existing figures or hoping that figures would emerge at the end of analytical research. Fundamental to understanding how these practices of Scarpa's operate is the study of Konrad Fiedler, who considers art a visual language and the compositions of architecture a figurative thinking with the hands of craft and artistic work (as Gottfried Semper had done) - and distinguishes art as knowledge from aesthetics as embellishment. Far from aesthetic subjectivism, Los's architecture returns to referentiality, which becomes a way of applying that figurative, typological thinking to research on design methods and processes, as well as to the multi-scale experiences of bioclimatic architecture, which led him to the regionalism of civic architecture, to which he mainly dedicated his subsequent compositional research.

Programme

Greeting from the director

Walter Angonese

Introduction

Franz Graf

Book presentation

Sergio Los


Interventions

Mario Botta

Open discussion

with the audience


Conclusions

Franz Graf



Book launch
Carlo Scarpa Architetto Poeta
by Sergio Los



2 March 2022
2:37 pm