AGATHON 2012/1

Chiazza, A, Vattano, S

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Abstract

This edition of AGATHÓN gathers together various articles in four Sections. In the first section, Agorá, there is an amount of unpublished material, in which I run through several episodes from the first half of the 20th century, commemorating and conversing, and linger over various poets, writers, heroes, architects and other characters. There emerges a picture of the customs of an epoch that is characterized by totalitarian regimes and which, together with rationalism in architecture, traverses the Second World War and ends in the sixties. The Studio BBPR in Milan, Ernesto Nathan Rogers’s editorship of the magazines Domus and Casabella, as well as the Torre Velasca in Milano, provide emblematic signposts of permanence, change and innovation in Italy, from which, with an eye to future prospects, a historical judgment needs to be made. Antonio Monestiroli and Antonietta Iolanda Lima present two particular articles with regard to Rogers, whilst I include the presentation from the Exhibition held in Tokyo this June, with regard to Angelo Mangiarotti, who worked at the Studio BBPR following his graduation. Lastly, in Agorá, there is an article by Mario Botta regarding the wooden model of San Carlino alle Quattro Fontane by Borromini in Rome, constructed at Lago di Lugano. In the second Section, Stoá, Renzo Lecardane presents the APER Project for the safeguard and valorization of ancient architecture; this project takes in certain border areas of Sicily and Tunisia (Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Punic site of Kerkuane at Cap Bon and the Roman site of Utique in Tunisia), whilst Santina Di Salvo examines cultural assets in order to find innovative strategies geared towards governance in the Mediterranean area. There are specific contributions from Antonella Chiazza regarding two domus romana in the urban context of Palermo and from Francesco Di Paola regarding the Botanical Garden in Palermo. The third Section, Gymnasium, comprises four contributions: by Irene Marotta on the figure of Claude Parent, who dominated the French scene (and not only) from the fifties onwards, and who elaborated various projects for transforming habitats; by Antonio Marsolo researching value for money in projects for public works essential in order to make up for the present and inadequate system of governance; by Francesco Palazzo, with a leap from the building-scale to the urban-scale, regarding eco-quarters and the rational employment of energy; by Simona Colajanni and Annalisa Lanza Volpe regarding the re-development of a constructive element (typical of the Aeolian Islands) in order to improve environmental conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages80
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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NameAGATHON

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