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Since the beginning architecture is a two-headed art as it is anchored on the field of the functional (see the functionalist drifts supported by the theorists of the Modernism in various forms) as well as on the field of the beautiful (which, in extreme cases, takes it to those forms of sculpture/architecture where the use destination annuls itself in the aesthetic experience). This issue of the “Rivista di Estetica” aims to account for the status of the contemporary debate, in the analytic and continental area, by focusing on the questions which nowadays society poses to architecture. New issues related to globalization, ecology, landscape and environmental protection require an interdisciplinary approach and, above all, the retrieval of an ethics of responsibility. If the contemporary technocratic society too often sets the reasons of the profit above those of ethics, aesthetics, culture and even life, it is perhaps possible, through a new dialogue with classics, with the great masters of the past, to rebuild paradigms which can refer architecture back to its thousand-year task: the material and symbolical elaboration of the vital space of man.
Original languageItalian
PublisherRosenberg & Sellier
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)9788878853744
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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