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EXERCISE ON URBAN FABRIC IN VIA LATA – URBAN MORPHOLOGY COURSE -2019/20

EXERCISE ON URBAN FABRIC IN VIA LATA

October 2019

PHASES

1 – ROUTES HIERARCHIZATION
2- FABRIC FORMATION ON MATRIX ROUTES
3- FABRIC FORMATION ON BUILDING ROUTES
4- FABRIC FORMATION ON CONNECTION ROUTES
5- MULTIFAMILY HOUSE FORMATION PROCESS
6- SPECIALIZATION PROCESS
7- KNOTTING PROCESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERRITORY AS ARCHITECTURE

TERRITORY AS ARCHITECTURE

Giuseppe Strappa

 

 

 

 

Early formation of Pienza (from Cataldi)

 

Territory is materia signata, a substance which man’s consciousness acknowledges as having an aptitude for transformation: architectural material in the most complete sense of the word.[1]

Therefore, use of the natural matter, of the soil bed in its different, complementary meanings related to vegetal or geological world, lies at the origin of the formation of the territory. So, its study is linked to the architectural interpretation of a process, to the problem of how matter becomes material before being transformed into a territorial element and how each element arising from this transformation contributes to the formation of a more general “territorial organism” comprising increasingly higher-level structures.

Land-scape means in English “modelling of the earth”, with an  emphasis on the natural aspect of the cognitive environment the term is associated with. It is opposed to the italian term “paesaggio” (French paesage , Spanish paisaje) associated with the term “paese” and hence to the Latin pagus meaning village, acknowledging, in a concise manner, a relationship of solidarity between the land and human settlement.

Therefore, the landscape as a cultural expression is linked to the inhabited space, to the cooperation between natural and artificial resources, to the transformations that interpret the form of orographic peaks, valleys, plains and their ability to become a built environment. In short, it is the territory’s visible aspect, the concise expression of its structure. ………………………

click here to continue reading        cap. 10 territorio per il corso  

LEARNED LANGUAGE / EVERYDAY LANGUAGE

Translated from  G.Strappa , Architettura come processo, Franco Angeli, Milano 2015

Chapter 5.  LEARNED LANGUAGE / EVERYDAY LANGUAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5a – The modern idea of a masonry language, both local and international, was born with the decline of the consolidated stereotype of a Mediterranean landscape that painters and poets had for a long time idealized in the transparent airiness of colonnades and trabeations used in basically trilithic structures, of wooden derivation.

This landscape, instead, reveals to the travelers, when the geographical and cultural barrier of Rome is overcome, its own nature of plastic, organically man-made territory. It consists of churches, monasteries, even ancient ruins, but above all of urban fabrics of great massive strength. A world of powerful walls and houses with small windows, organized in solid and continuous volumes.

The other side of classicism was also discovered: that of the large uninterrupted walls, where the openings are simple flat-arched holes that don’t interrupt their architectural continuity. Reality begins to shake off, in the European imagination, the aristocratic museum of literary representations which, on the basis of the classic tradition, had superimposed itself on the truth of the built landscape……..

click to continue reading   5. Chap. 5 Translation from -Architettura come processo-