“Centre Pompidou. Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument” by Francesco Dal Co

The book by Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury, presents a lively intellectual biography of one of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings.

 

L’outil informative © Yale University Press

L’outil informative © Yale University Press

 

The Centre Georges Pompidou, also called Beaubourg, is today considered an icon of contemporary Paris, the quintessence of a modern building, and a model for what a museum can be. In 1971, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, together with the engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners, won an international architecture competition with their innovative and irreverent design. (more…)

“Giulio Romano’s I Modi and the ‘Modi’ of Carlo Scarpa and Álvaro Siza” at Fondazione Querini Stampalia

The body’s relationship with architecture and the complex phenomenon of corporality have always played an important role in the history of European culture. The exhibition, curated by Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury, aims to investigate this aspect of architecture: the link between the depiction of the body and eroticism.

 

Carlo Scarpa, La nuova Sfinge, Collezione privata © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Carlo Scarpa, La nuova Sfinge, Collezione privata © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

 

The direct reference is to the classical tradition and Vitruvius, the ancient Roman architect and inventor of this juxtaposition which has enjoyed such success in the history of art. In De Architectura he compares the human body to a construction, and from this comparison he makes a series of affirmations which over time have facilitated the understanding of terms such as proportion, symmetry and harmony.


 

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“Giulio Romano’s I Modi and the ‘Modi’ of Carlo Scarpa and Álvaro Siza”
 March 11– May 15,  2016
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, Venice
Italy

 


Inspired by Vitruvian thought, many great architects, particularly those more gifted in the art of drawing, have experienced the moment in which the pleasure of depicting the human anatomy takes on an erotic value. A drawing, the first appearance of the process which attributes a form to the substance, can indicate the establishment of a sensual relationship between the architect’s hand, the graphic support and the tools used. (more…)

“Identità dell’architettura italiana” XIII International Congress at Florence

The University of Florence and it’s DIDA-Dipartimento di Architettura, with the support of Casabella Formazione, organizes the thirteenth edition of the congress, with the participation of Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury.

 

Teattrino Varano, Paolo Zermani © Zermani Associati Studio di Architettura

Teattrino Varano, Paolo Zermani © Zermani Associati Studio di Architettura

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