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Carlo Quintelli – Tre concetti per la morfologia urbana dal punto di vista progettuale

Three concepts for the urban morphology from a designing point of view

in U+D Urbanform and Design n. 15 – 2021 (Italian and English text)

The tool of morphological analysis for architectural and urban composition should lead us to critically re-consider the contributions of Italian Schools which have used such a tool in different ways but with a common scientific intention: that of a general critical revision and epistemological re-foundation of the design culture. A revision that cannot fail to involve the thematic node of the relationship between architecture and city despite its phenomenological actualization, the question of typology as a non-univocal but essential component of morphological characterization, and the functional datum in the interpretative key of a physiology of urban and territorial contexts capable of guiding the design choice.
Thus contrasting a kind of temperance design on a cognitive basis to that of an architecture dictated by the functionalism of communication.


Dyads of an operating thought. Modification & continuity | project & morphology.

Nicola Scardigno

Dyads of an operating thought.

Modification & continuity | project & morphology”

Nicola Scardigno_paper ISUFitaly 2020_Roma

“The built environment which surrounds us is, we believe, the physical way of being of its history, the way in which it accumulates itself, according to different thicknesses and
meanings, to form the specificity of the site not only for what that environment perceptually appears, but for what it is structurally. The place is built from the traces of its own history” (Gregotti V., 1986).
The Milanese architect’s definition seems to allude – implicitly – to  conceptual dyads concerning the architecture discipline: modification-continuity and project-morphology.
Reflecting on each dyads’ term, the essays intends to “conceptualize” the theme of the project bringing it back to an eidetic procedure capable of determining a “modification”
– conceived in the manner of a “conscious” act of being part of a pre-existing whole – of the things state: both through the recognition of structural rules and the identification of settlement principles coherent with the vocation of the “environment” – or
the settlement – hosting the project itself. The theoretical speculation will find concrete relapse in two projectual experiences facing with current issues of urban project: the fragmentation of urban periphery and the re-signification of a disused area inside urban  fabric.


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Nicola Scardigno_paper ISUFitaly 2020_Roma