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The Mediterranean archaeological nuclei as condensers of the territory signs

U+D  urbanform and design n. 20, 2024

Alessandro Lanzetta, Manuela Raitano, Federico Di Cosmo, Angela Fiorelli

The Mediterranean archaeological
nuclei as condensers of the territory signs. The case of Larissa in Thessaly

Click here     A Lanzetta M Raitano F Di Cosimo A Fiorelli


This paper presents the results of a design proposal
developed for the city of Larissa, in Thessaly,
on the occasion of an International Ideas
Competition sponsored by UIA.
The work we present starts from a basic assumption:
that archaeological remains still constitute
the “condensers” of historical signs on territorial
scale. Signs capable of demonstrating that territory
and city were originally part of the same
system, and that they can therefore, once again,
develop significant relationships.
Starting from this belief, our proposal pursued a
dual objective: on the one hand, re-centering the
archaeological area with respect to the city, as
an active part of urban life; on the other, at the
same time, re-centre the city itself with respect
to its territory, reactivating the relationships,
now hidden, between the historical-archaeological
nucleus and the valley of the Peneus river.
Working simultaneously on both the urban and
landscape scales, we have therefore tried to
broaden the basic goals of the project, including
the valorisation and the integration between city
and territory. The result was a design aimed at
reconnecting the archaeological nucleus with
the rest of the urban body and with the river
In conclusion, the case study we present aims to
demonstrate that the architectural project on
archaeological areas can pursue “large-scale”
objectives, thus becoming a driving force for
projecting the urban landscape heritage within
the territorial ecological networks, through a
system of signs that activate the symbiosis of
ancient cities with the original places of their

Urban Morphology Following The Muratorian Tradition

Türkiye Kentsel Morfoloji Araştırma Ağı II. Kentsel Morfolojiumu Sempozy






     click here          Following Muratorian Tradition

The method of reading and design the built landscape I will briefly present you here, draw from studies taking place in Rome in the interwar period by scholars as Gustavo Giovannoni, Giovan Battista Milani, Arnaldo Foschini and continued by Saverio Muratori.
For the method I propose, the Roman School heritage is relevant mostly for notions as history’s centrality in built environment interpretation and the coincidence of reading and design. Architectural “redesign” was (and is) in fact considered as a tool to transmit the notion of process and organism intended as an “integrated, self-sufficient correlation of complementary elements expressing a unitary aim”. (Strappa, 2014).



               APRI LA LOCANDINA  def. corso roma3 2024


 8h March – Introduction. Meaning and utility of Urban Morphology for the contemporary architecture.

15h March – Course organization. Schedule. Presentation of the program. Student registration. Guest lecturer MARTIN  EBERT  Between revolution and reform

22h March  Base building: base elements: notion, forming process and relationship with urban pre-existence – Ghetto cartography – groups forming (max. 4 students). classroom exercise

29h March  Matter Material: notion, transformation process, contemporary condition. Classroom work.  design exsercise

5h April  Fabric -Urban Organism – Substrata: the physical form of the city:  notion, forming process; contemporary condition – classroom exercise. Guest lecturer  ATTILIO PETRUCCIOLI  The interpretation of urban fabrics in the eastern city.

12h April  Special building: forming process and contemporary examples. Architectural knotting: historic notion and transition to modernity. classroom exercise

 19h April  . Field Survey: on base building topics (F. De Rosa, R. Salamouni)

26h April  Territory: notion, forming process and contemporary condition. classroom exercise

 3h Maj  Field Survey on special  building topics.  classroom exercise

10h Maj  At the roots of architectural composition: the notions of assembly and aggregation in history and in the contemporary condition.  classroom exercise

17h Maj  Roman modern architecture. specific features of modern Roman architecture from U.M point of view. Guest lecturers R.CAPOZZI, F. VISCONTI  Space and Form in the architecture of Louis Kahn

 24h Maj  book presentation (?) –  Conclusion. and questions about the examination programme (unclear parts of the lectures, supplementary topics, etc.) Student opinions and suggestions.

31st May  Short recap/summary of the course main topics (for the examination)  Short (2 hours) pre-examination test (optional)

Base texts online

  1. Strappa, L’architettura come processo, Franco Angeli, Milano 2015

The main chapters translated into English can be found on the teacher’s website ( and are indicated below:

.            Notes on base building

.           The aggregation process and the form of the fabric,

.           Special nodal building,

.           Architectural knotting,

.           G. Strappa, Territory as architecture, 2019 –

Base text in paper format

  1. Caniggia, G.L. Maffei, Interpreting basic building, Altralinea, Firenze 2017
  2. Scardigno, N , Salamouni, R, Architecture in the making, Conversation with Giuseppe Strappa on urban morphology and design, Springer, Cham, 2024 (In the process of publication)