Selected Italian Projects

Rationalism remains at the sidelines of contemporary architecture in Italy - a latent current rather than a leading force. Andrew Peckham and Lucia Tozzi reveal how this stubborn but rich seam is manifesting itself in Cino Zucchi's substantial housing scheme on the outskirts of Milan Werner Tscholl's insertion into Schloss Sigmundskron Castel Firmiano Beniamino Servino's continued work on the Nursery School in Formicola, Caserta and C+S Associati's Nursery School at Covolo di Pederobba in...

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Rapp and Rapp's project accommodates some 480 housing units, 525 underground parking places and 20,000 square metres (215,278 square feet) of commercial and noncommercial services. It revised a previous urban design proposal by splitting this into nine blocks, rotated slightly out of alignment with one another, a plan that creates an urban shopping street lined on both sides by dense urban blocks and cross routes in the shape of small clearings. The omnidirectional blocks also keep the rear...

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Individual backlist issues of 4 are available for purchase at 22.99. To order and subscribe for 2007 see page 152. 4 Architectural Design Forthcoming Titles 2007 08 November December 2007, Profile No 190 The architectural and urban landscape of India is being remade in most unexpected and exuberant ways. New economic growth, permeation of global media and technologies, and the transnational reach of diasporic Indians have unleashed a new cultural and social dynamic. While the dynamic is most...

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Section showing the industrial module of folded sheet metal and two types of handcrafted laminated window frames. Section showing the industrial module of folded sheet metal and two types of handcrafted laminated window frames. The entrance door, indicated by a step, is a sliding element and identical to all the other openings at ground-floor level. The entrance door, indicated by a step, is a sliding element and identical to all the other openings at ground-floor level. The bedrooms and...

Germany

Ungers Museum Morsbroich

OM Ungers, Entrance building to the Kaiserthermen, Trier, 2007 Composite drawing. The linear building is reminiscent of the strategy for the unbuilt Schloss Morsbroich extension of 1976. OM Ungers, Entrance building to the Kaiserthermen, Trier, 2007 Composite drawing. The linear building is reminiscent of the strategy for the unbuilt Schloss Morsbroich extension of 1976. encircling wall, frame, enclosure walls of books and foursquare roof - the model's grey exhibition plinth attracted immediate...

France

Edificio Calle Roig Llinas

The ground floor is organised into two volumes, containing kitchen dining and living rooms respectively. The window proportions allow for formal relationships between the inside and the outside, the solids and voids and the base and top. Translated by Julien Denis Text 2007 John Wiley amp Sons Ltd. Images pp 90 amp 91 bl Jean-Marie Monthiers p 91 t g Julien Abinal p 91 br Patrick Berger et Jacques Anziutti Architectes pp 92 amp 93 tl Jean-Marie Monthiers p 93 tr, c amp b Jacques Ferrier pp 94...

Frances

It must be made clear at the start, in order to avoid any historical ambiguity, that except for a few rare exceptions there are no traces of Rationalism in contemporary French architectural practice. Although Rationalist attitudes can be observed among the diversity of current trends, these are out of key with the 'great' Rationalist tradition that emerged during the 19 th century and continued uninterrupted until the postwar period. To conceive of Rationalism in terms of traces would be...

An Interview with Giorgio Grassi

Giorgio Grassi

In January 2007, Lucia Tozzi visited Giorgio Grassi's office in Milan. Their conversation touched on Grassi's recent work on Leon Battista Alberti, which is examined here in the context of Grassi's obliquely expressed views on contemporary architecture and the cult of personality. As perhaps the most intellectually rigorous and formally consistent Rationalist architect of his generation, Grassi's work and thinking retain a hermetic aspect, but one notable for its philosophical self-questioning...

San Rocco Monza Aldo Rossi

The Architecture City Aldo Rossi

The Dichotomies of Rationalism in 20th-Century Italian Architecture The two key moments of Rationalism in Italy - the Gruppo 7 of the 1930s and the Tendenza of the 1960s - stand in counterpoint. The Tendenza espoused a very different ideology to its predecessor and thus remained ambivalent to the earlier legacy. Andrew Peckham reveals how this led to a history of discontinuity and, ultimately, recognition of Rationalism's limitations despite the involvement of influential figures such as...

Dialogues with OMU

The House Without Qualities

In January 2007, guest-editors Andrew Peckham and Torsten Schmiedeknecht met with OM Ungers in the library of his Belvederestrasse house in Cologne M ngersdorf.1 A 'round table' discussion followed, with the architect, his wife, daughter and archivist, prompting a series of dialogues with Ungers centred on his built works, projects, thinking and teaching. The authors gained a unique insight into Ungers' varied and often influential career, and took the opportunity to re-examine the...

The Employment of Reason

Rationalism in the Netherlands is characterised by pragmatism. As Charles Rattray explains it is a practical bent that was driven in the 20th century by the exigencies of building cheaply and quickly a large amount of social housing on a relatively small amount of land. It is a strand that has been underscored by a belief in reason across time and a confidence in an analytical approach. Towards the end of 1986, Carel Weeber was putting the finishing touches to a project set in the future. It...

The Netherlands

Van den Broek occupies a special position in any consideration of Dutch Rationalism, not only because of his work during the period of reconstruction, but also because of two architects of the next generation who worked in his office a partnership with Bakema after 1951 Frans van Gool and Jan Hoogstad. Van Gool, who had worked on the Lijnbaan centre, left the practice in 1959, the year Bakema, Herzberger, Aldo van Eyck and others became editors of the journal Forum and began to promote 'another...