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Firenze Architettura
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ISSN (Print) 1826-0772 - ISSN (Online) 2035-4444
Published by Firenze University Press Homepage  [41 journals]
  • Conoscere, riconoscere e il disagio della scoperta

    • Authors: Carlo Olmo
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • L’Autostrada del Sole e la Scuola italiana di ingegneria

    • Authors: Sergio Poretti, Tullia Iori, Ilaria Giannetti
      Abstract: The Autostrada del Sole, with its high number of bridges and viaducts, gathered the several personalities of the Italian School of Engineering. Prestressed concrete bridges mainly crossed the rivers of the valley of the Po; wide reinforced concrete arches played a main role on the Appennine Mountains. Its construction, divided into a multitude of small parts that small firms had to deal with, represented an epic and spectacular version of the Made in Italy.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Marte.Marte Architekten - Dell’intangibile movimento della pietra

    • Authors: Alberto Pireddu
      Abstract: The article presents a critical in-depth analysis of the work of the Austrian studio Marte.Marte, with a special reference to the trilogy of cement bridges built on the road from Dornbirn to the village of Ebnit, and to the five cubes (also in cement) from the exhibition In search of the unexpected, presented on the occasion of the 15th Architecture Biennale, Reporting from the front.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Rino Tami - L’autostrada come problema artistico

    • Authors: Andrea Volpe
      Abstract: Rino Tami's Opus magnum, motorway N2 guards and reflects the various aspects of the fifty-year career of the Swiss master, becoming the symbol of the coherence of his work and a concrete occasion for reconciling in an exemplary way technical and aesthetic elements with the landscape of Canton Ticino as a backdrop.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Gianugo Polesello - Porta e ponte a Padova est

    • Authors: Gundula Rakowitz
      Abstract: Gianugo Polesello creates a new Gestalt for the new Padova est motorway toll booth. A composition which includes different scales while assuming the artificial landscape of the motorway as its place: a new central place-hub in the infrastructure system of the Venetian metropolitan area, a 'gateway-bridge', a Tür which, opening toward the city and the territory becomes Brücke.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Luigi Ghirri - Alcune soste di Luigi Ghirri lungo la via Emilia

    • Authors: Gabriele Bartocci
      Abstract: The shots of the landscape that Luigi Ghirri “constructs” during some stops along the Via Emilia represent moments of reflection on phenomena concerning the transformation of the Italian territory, the alteration of the genetic codes of a historical landscape by cities which have grown without control. Through photography the artist interrogates consciences, triggering a feeling of individual responsibility vis-à-vis the tradition that is opposed to surrendering to destiny.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Cappella di preghiera

    • Authors: Paolo Zermani
      Abstract: The Chapel was designed for the visit of Pope Francis to Florence on the occasion of the Italian Ecclesiastical Convention in 2015. The sacred space of the Chapel is built inside the old Armoury, following its layout, which has three entrances, two on the longitudinal axis, and one on the transversal axis. The idea is that of a pathway with a view of the altar in the centre, in a slightly raised position, whereas on both sides of it, in proximity of the entrances, are placed the pulpit and the Eucharist container, illuminated by individual lighting. The result is an itinerary marked by three ornamental stones, absolute measure of the path.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Stazione Rogers

    • Authors: Luciano Semerani
      Abstract: Built in 1936, and inaugurated by Benito Mussolini himself on the same day in which the first stone was laid for the “Casa del Fascio”, the “Aquila” refinery became through the years the fulcrum of a series of careful design experiments by Rogers, in representation of BBPR. Thus at the beginning of the 21st century, after a careful restoration by Studio Architetti Semerani e Tamaro, the station devoted to Rogers returns to the city, with the aim of filling in some of the missing sections of the narrative.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Patrimonio lasciato in strada. Riflessioni sulla conservazione delle
           architetture per la mobilità

    • Authors: Susanna Caccia Gherardini
      Abstract: Service stations and petrol pumps are marginal places of transit that have seduced both the cinema and contemporary art of the 20th century, places in which architecture tends to be experimental, searching for aerodynamic forms and finding expression in daring projecting roofs, and uses a flexible material par excellence such as reinforced concrete. Research in this sector has overlooked the Italian case, of which many extraordinary examples exist, raising issues regarding their conservation. There have been many demolitions and alterations, yet there are still many buildings to safeguard. The aim today is that of identifying, surveying and disseminating awareness regarding their existence, as well as of tracing an interpretative pathway within the panorama of contemporary architecture, both national and international, in order to valorise the quality of this heritage, and to recognise the need to safeguard it.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Jean Prouvé - Olio di macchina in libreria

    • Authors: Francesco Collotti
      Abstract: Once the rubble of World War II was finally cleared away, a new apparently happy era began, marked by mass motorization. A passage was made from the society of needs to the consumer society. Jean Prouvé serially produces petrol stations with modular panels, in which he elegantly designs the shelving units in refined folded metal sheets, the pillars in brick colour, and the shelves in white.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Costantino Dardi - Paesaggi platonici

    • Authors: Michelangelo Pivetta
      Abstract: Along the corridor that eels the East part of Veneto, crossing that endless plain after Venice, where once the fields and poplars rows mark the territory and today small industries and shopping centers poison it, it is normal to ask after years of habit what could be that dense cube-shaped spatial structure that is unstable on the edges of a normal gasoline pump shelter. That's Costantino Dardi.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Tito Varisco - Autorimessa a Milano

    • Authors: Caterina Lisini
      Abstract: With the garage in via De Amicis in Milan, Tito Varisco expresses a formal research in which function, structure and expression find an unusual synthesis. The refined grammar of fullness and voids, the expressive play of light and shadow, the dialectics between the shapes and the backdrop of the Milanese factory reveal a special affinity with Luigi Moretti's 'concrete' figurative research and plastic experimentation.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Ursula Schulz-Dornburg - Sulla strada

    • Authors: Fabrizio Arrigoni
      Abstract: Ursula Schulz-Dornburg's visual mosaic, in surveying and archiving a little-known heritage of artifacts captures the essence of architecture through its founding values of protection, shelter and refuge. Unexpected buildings whose inventiveness and morpho-typologic richness constitute the vulnerated scene where farewells and returns occur, giving proof of a tenacious resistance to the forgetfulness of men and to the insults of the seasons.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Zaha Hadid Architects - Forme costruite e forme di natura in movimento

    • Authors: Adelina Picone
      Abstract: The high-speed station in Afragola is a long bridge over the railway tracks which goes beyond the infrastructure and settles softly on the ground, as if seeking correspondences with Mount Vesuvius. The construction of the form originates in experimentations on the transformation of static spaces into dynamic spaces, in search of movement in space. This article inquires into the correspondence between architectural research and the Arab soul of Zaha Hadid, as a possible interpretative key for her work.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Realismo visionario. Mario Ridolfi progetto per il Motel Agip a
           Settebagni, Roma

    • Authors: Carmen Andriani
      Abstract: Designed and built in less than a year, the Agip Motel represents the highest point of Mario Ridolfi’s visionary realism, which has a forerunner in the Torre dei Ristoranti of 1928. Placed between the ethical realism of the viale Etiopia Towers and the tormented manipulations of the Palazzo Comunale at Terni, it represents, at the gateway to Rome, the metaphor for the city itself, with a form that is suspended between collapse and ascension, wrapped around itself like a spiral column, fitted for a continuous plastic transformation.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Architettura di comunicazione. Cavalli alati, cani a sei zampe e gatti
           selvatici lungo il “bordo stradale”

    • Authors: Susanna Cerri
      Abstract: During the first years of the 20th century service stations and petrol pumps with strange shapes appear on the landscape of American roads. Six-legged dogs, wild cats and serpents inhabit gas stations, housing a fantastic bestiary that links art to the first experiments in advertising communication. Artists and graphic designers that are still linked to the world of the  affiche combine progress and colours in the first experiments in coordinated image and the motorways become the testing ground for a strategy that integrates architecture and advertising.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Jorrit Tornquist - Il progetto cromatico della torre del Termoutilizzatore
           di Brescia

    • Authors: Matteo Zambelli
      Abstract: The tower of the waste-to-energy plant in Brescia raises some questions: the use of colour for creating perceptive and chromatic effects at the scale of the architectural object, but with an impact also at the territorial scale, the theme of ascribing new meanings to merely functional elements, yet with a strong architectural impact, and finally the theme of “archisculpture”, that is of architecture which becomes sculpture.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Imparare dalla strada. Autopia vs distopia

    • Authors: Ugo Rossi
      Abstract: The Sixties in the United States is essential to the development of the idea of the road as an architectural place. It is the concept of architecture itself which undergoes a radical transformation. The road, full of symbols of space rather than of form, is a privileged point of observation to inquire into the environment, both natural and built. A point of view that establishes a different relationship between architects and architecture, between the architecture of architects and that of the road.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Cryptoporticus. La rete delle strade diventa sotterranea a Villa Adriana,

    • Authors: Giorgio Verdiani
      Abstract: The network of cryptoportica in Villa Adriana, Tivoli, is the transformation of a road that from the surface enters the architectural monument  in order to provide support for the almost urban system of the Imperial Villa. The digital survey and photographs permit documenting its complexity and to reflect on the features of this ancient network of pathways.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Esistenze sul filo. Luoghi di passaggio e figure di donne nel cinema di
           Silvio Soldini

    • Authors: Chiara Tognolotti
      Abstract: The images from Silvio Soldini's films often move along roads and motorways, on unusual and bumpy paths that cross undefined places and boundaries: rough itineraries and spaces which are nonetheless open to the possible, and which involve in particular female characters, more open to accept the challenge of a precarious and unstable existence which is however more vital precisely because it is unexpected.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Case su ruote

    • Authors: Fabio Fabbrizzi
      Abstract: The text addresses the question of the new nomadism that developed in the United States during the middle decades of the 20th century, and whose icon was the Airstream mobile home. It transforms the idea of architecture and the city, no longer interpreted as the carriers of a stable identity, but as an analogous heritage in which time and space are united by the movement, which becomes the only way to produce and appreciate the experience of architecture.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Edoardo Gellner - Le tende di Corte di Cadore

    • Authors: Emiliano Romagnoli
      Abstract: “Traditional material culture” reveals a principle of survival of architecture from Cortina d'Ampezzo, centered on its only primordial element: shelter. From the Church of Cadore through a process of gemmation camping tents appear; small dormitory structures that reveal a rooted process of linguistic reduction. The work is expressed in a straightforward, yet subdued way, “so as not to overwhelm nature”.
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • UNA STORIA D’ARTE. La fondazione Ragghianti e Lucca 1981-2017

    • Authors: Alessio Palandri
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • “tu mi sposerai” – Opere di Gigetta Tamaro 1931-2016

    • Authors: Enrico Bordogna
      Issue No: Vol. 21
  • Letture

    • Issue No: Vol. 21
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