Books

2021

Maria Clara Ghia: La nostra città è tutta la terra. Leonardo Ricci architetto (1918-1994)

Our City is the Whole Earth. Leonardo Ricci Architect (1918-1994)

Steinhäuser Verlag, Wuppertal 2021

336 pages.

Download from http://hiv.net/lapislocus/GHIA2021.pdf.

Leonardo Ricci was a scholar of Giovanni Michelucci and a friend of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, with whom he shared the existentialist approach to worldly things. He was a painter fascinated by the primitivism he borrowed from Schiele and Picasso, and finally, of course, he was an exceptional architect. His investigation covers all scales, from houses to community villages, to representative buildings up to the invention of macrostructures for the so called Earth-city. In every work Ricci did not follow pre- established formal rules, his aim was to forecast the basic needs of man and thus outline his architectural realizations. Ricci defined this process as “logical”: a relentless desire to find links between natural matters and to define spaces as a result of free sequences of human acts. A process always oriented towards a tight interaction between his architecture, the individual and the community.

 

2020

Stefano Mais: Ponti, strade e opere pubbliche. Giovanni Antonio Carbonazzi (1792-1873) ingegnere nel Regno di Sardegna

Bridges, roads and public works. Giovanni Antonio Carbonazzi (1792-1873) engineer in the Kingdom of Sardinia

 Steinhäuser Verlag, Wuppertal 2020

356 pages.

Download from http://hiv.net/lapislocus/MAIS2020.pdf.

This work follows and expands the studies on the work of engineers and architects in the Kingdom of Sardinia in the nineteenth century with particular reference to the design of infrastructure in the country, compared with the European scenario. By re-reading the career of Giovanni Antonio Carbonazzi (1792-1873), an engineer operating in the Kingdom of Sardinia between the Restoration and the Unification of Italy, it is possible to open new perspectives on the history of infrastructure and landscape. This work would not have been possible without the study of the documents from the Carbonazzi Archive, consisting of the donation that the Grillo Pasquarelli heirs made in 1998 to the State Archive of Alessandria. Thanks to these documents, it was possible to identify the archival materials present in other locations, such as those kept in the State Archives of Turin, the State Archives of Cagliari and the Private Archives of the Grillo Pasquarelli Family.

 

2020

Alessandra Ferrighi: Venezia e la casa salubre. Dai piani per la città alle abitazioni a premio (1891-1925)

Venice and Healthier Homes. Urban planning and premium housing (1891-1925)

 Steinhäuser Verlag, Wuppertal 2020

218 pages.

Download from http://hiv.net/lapislocus/FERRIGHI2020.pdf.

In the late 19th century, while waiting for a general Plan for the Regeneration of Venice to be approved, the idea was floated for a ten-year premium to be offered for the construction of healthy and affordable houses. The issue of overcrowded, unplanned and underserviced houses needed to be urgently resolved. The city council determined that the only way to increase the availability of healthy housing in the short term was to encourage private landlords to build on the limited available space or to add floors to existing buildings in their ownership. The scheme was intended to reward through a ‘new housing premium’ private investment in sound homes for renting to workers’ families and the less well-off.

 

2019

Marco Cadinu: Urbanistica giudicale. Spazi pubblici e architetture (XI-XIV secolo)

Giudicale Urban Planning. Public Spaces and Architectures (XIth-XIVth centuries)

Steinhäuser Verlag, Wuppertal 2019

236 pages.

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In the Sardinian Giudicati, between the 11th and 14th centuries, the Giudici commissioned architectural works and urban projects, carried out an intense activity at the center of a remarkable crossroads of political and commercial interests. This study re-evaluates their role as protagonists and proposes to identify the outlines of their peculiar way of operating within the most widespread design trends of the late Middle Ages. Their international contacts, particularly towards institutions and governments interested in current policies in the western Mediterranean, allowed them to choose and exchange experiences and models, often on an equal basis.

 

2017

Federica Angelucci, La Spina dei Borghi (1848-1930). Trasformazioni e restauri attraverso i fondi dell’Archivio Storico Capitolino

The Spina dei Borghi (1848-1930). Transformation and restoration through the files of the Archivio Storico Capitolino

Steinhäuser Verlag, Wuppertal 2017

307 pages. Download the free PDF from the Academia website.

Alternative download site: http://hiv.net/LapisLocus/2017 ANGELUCCI La_Spina_dei_Borghi_1848-1930.pdf

A critical analysis of the building and city planning applications submitted by property owners to the city authorities of Rome, has made it possible to obtain a detailed picture of the housing conditions in the Spina dei Borghi from 1848 to 1930.

The conditions of the  buildings and their recognised roles are evinced from a careful reading of the partly unpublished documents found in the records of the Modern Papal Municipality [pre-unification Title 54 file (1848-1870)], of the post-unification Modern Municipality [post-unification Title 54 file (1871-1922)] and of Section V – Public Works – Building Inspectorate (1887-1930), conserved in the Archivio Storico Capitolino.

The aim is to shed light on the situation of the Spina’s buildings, highlighting an interesting modus operandi by property owners that continued almost until the Spina was destroyed under Mussolini.

 

2016

Marco Cadinu: Efisio Luigi Tocco. Architetto e archeologo nella Roma del XIX secolo
Efisio Luigi Tocco.Architect and Archaeologist in 19th Century Rome

Steinhäuser Verlag, Wuppertal 2016

308 pages. Download the free PDF from the Academia website.

Alternative download site: http://www.hiv.net/LapisLocus/2016 CADINU TOCCO architetto XIX.pdf

Efisio Luigi Tocco was a civil architect scholar of archaeology and the protagonist of  several excavations, as well as a Latinist. He spent his life between studies on ancient Roman architecture, pro jects and archaeological surveys, taking part in the cultural debate as shown by the significant number of published works. His activity over a period of fifty years allows us to understand many aspects of the culture and architecture of Italy before and immediately after its unification. Tocco, who came from Cagliari (1800 c. – 1874), lived and worked mainly in Rome and Lazio, maintaining close relationships with the cultural environments of the Kingdom of Sardinia, both in its island territories and in Liguria and Piedmont.

 


Marco Cadinu: Architetture dell’acqua in Sardegna
Water-related Architecture in Sardinia

Steinhäuser Verlag, Wuppertal 2015

342 pages. Download the free PDF from the Academia website.

Alternative download site: http://www.hiv.net/LapisLocus/2015 CADINU Architetture Acqua in Sardegna.pdf

Water architecture, apart from bearing witness to the art of building and the techniques used through history, bears significant immaterial value which strongly binds it to the history of its location. More than other work it is subject to degradation and re-building, more than others, it preserves the signs which connect us with the religion before the settlement, with the territory’s political planning and with the artistic or symbolic shapes which populations pass on from generation to generation.

In Sardinia, where the heritage of art and monuments comes to us only in a limited number of cases but where thousands of areas of water define a particularly rich territory -sometimes surprisingly so – the architectural heritage and historical evidence come to us through categories which are open to unusual kinds of interpretation: the correlation with medieval settlements, the strong sense of permanence of models and uses connected with the administration of the land, and  building traditions deriving from an incessant alternation in the history of technical competences due to the confluence of the archaic mediterranean culture, the hispanic-muslim world, and finally with modernity. It is therefore a regional case study, but widely connected historically and geographically, so as to build a useful subject of comparison for studying architecture in other contexts.

 

Efisio Luigi Tocco (1800.c – 1874) architetto e progettista di acquedotti
Efisio Luigi Tocco (about 1800 – 1874) Architect and Aqueduct Designer (2015)

160 pages. Download the free PDF from the Academia website.

Alternative download site: http://www.hiv.net/LapisLocus/2015 CADINU EL Tocco 2015.pdf

The first book on Efisio Luigi Tocco, a civil architect scholar of archaeology and the protagonist of  several excavations. He spent his life between studies on ancient Roman architecture, projects and archaeological surveys, taking part in the cultural debate as shown by the significant number of published works. His activity over a period of fifty years allows us to understand many aspects of the culture and architecture of Italy before and immediately after its unification. Tocco, who came from Cagliari (1800 c. – 1874), lived and worked mainly in Rome and Lazio, maintaining close relationships with the cultural environments of the Kingdom of Sardinia, both in its island territories and in Liguria and Piedmont. He designed the aqueducts of Cagliari and of Sassari at the half of 19ty century, following ancient roman rules in an interesting modern way.

 

Marco Cadinu, a cura di, Ricerche sulle Architetture dell’Acqua in Sardegna
Researches on Water-related Architecture in Sardinia, edited by Marco Cadinu

324 pages, 20 Authors

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Works of art and architecture connected with the use of water have been acknowledged as one of the most important categories in cultural heritage. However, this only happens if they have a high-quality artistic content or are attributed to a master of the past, therefore firmly present in collective imagination and literature. In Sardinia – as in many Italian and European regions – only a few dozen examples correspond to this description. There are, instead, thousands of other examples of water-related architecture, the result of significant planning processes and investments, which offer equally useful interpretations of the cultural and historical conditions of each place. Their inclusion in a systematic interpretation frame points out new details on the different architectural periods, the diffusion of typological and stylistic solutions, the adhesion to or distance from models which had become popular in large urban centres.