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"Le jeu savant" : luce e oscurità nell'architettura del XX secolo = light and darkness in 20th century architecture

Berselli, Silvia ; Brunner, Matthias ; Mondini, Daniela

Mendrisio ; Cinisello Balsamo : Mendrisio Academy Press ; Silvana Editoriale, 2014

(ISA, Istituto di storia e teoria dell'arte e dell'architettura)

ISBN: 978-88-3662-981-7

«L’architecture est le jeu savant, correct et magnifique des volumes assemblés sous la lumière». Alluding to Le Corbusier’s famous statement of 1923, this collection of essays solicits critical reflection on the relationship between light and architecture, on both theoretical and practical levels. Beginning with a discussion of the problem of how to represent light and its effects within...

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Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi : [SNSF-International Exploratory Workshop, Mendrisio, 10-11 ottobre 2013]

Hildebrand, Sonja ; Bergmann, Elisabeth

Mendrisio : Mendrisio Academy Press, 2015

(ISA, Istituto di storia e teoria dell'arte e dell'architettura)

ISBN: 978-88-3663-265-7

During the last twenty years, the topic of form has become one of the most controversial issues in public and professional discussions about architecture. Ever since the Digital Turn, it has been exacerbated, since computer-aided design makes it possible, rapidly and effortlessly, to create extraordinary and emblematic buildings. These icons are threatening to become banal and often express...

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La “filosofia architettonica” di Frei Otto : i concetti di forma, estetica ed etica e la loro ricezione

Bergmann, Elisabeth

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 77-95

Form(-finding), aesthetics and ethics are key concepts in the philosophy of architect Frei Otto. Several of his ideas currently appear to be experiencing a renaissance. This is especially true for his concept of “form-finding” which frequently features in contemporary architectural discourse – albeit often with one of two common misconceptions: in the first, the term is used, or...

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Within the technical image : an alternative reading of contemporary Swiss-German architecture

Grignolo, Roberta

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 145-157

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Towards an expanded concept of form : Gottfried Semper on ancient projectiles

Hildebrand, Sonja

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 131-143

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Pensare in piccolo per costruire in grande : teoria, prassi e cultura del modello in scala ridotta nella ricerca della forma strutturale nel 20. secolo

Neri, Gabriele

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 33-47

For many twentieth-century designers, the reduced-scale model represented an essential device for defining and controlling structural forms — one need only think of the work of Arturo Danusso, Pier Luigi Nervi and Sergio Musmeci in Italy; Eduardo Torroja in Spain; Heinz Isler and Heinz Hossdorf in Switzerland; and Frei Otto in Germany, etc. In addition to technical variations associated with...