Mediterranean transcriptions in Sicily

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Abstract

In Sicily, which is land of confrontation and encounter between cultures, are precisely the migration and mutation to present themselves as essential conditions for the construction of that synthesis expressed in the amazing cultural palimpsest offered by the mediterranean horizon. It is a synthesis absolutely original that, thanks to a listening attitude, has often made a treasure of the presence of sharp contrasts, and has recomposed them in an new unity. The "Mediterranean" places in Sicily, places of the paradox par excellence, live in these contrasts and show us their strength essential in revealing that particular circularity of time that permeates them, who has them structured in time and space and allows us to read, with continuity, the «newness of the identical», the perpetually temporary that is present in nature. In this deep-rooted cultural context - in what by many influential critics was defined as a true "school" of architecture - and, more importantly, around the coagulant figure of Pasquale Culotta has been developed in the last decades a work that has seen «… the practice of architectural design constructed on two fundamental areas of experience – the territory of Sicily and architectural experience throughout the world». This contemporary architecture, made by Sicilians in Sicily, founds most of his recognizability on the process put in place and within which it conforms itself. This is a process that develops proceeding on a work of “translation” in the architecture of the physical, social and cultural "material" of the place that can be assimilated to the practice of the transcription.In the architecture of the house, that for the inhabitants is the most direct translation of their habits of life, needs and of the most intimate aspirations, this transcription work is revealed with particular emphasis. Reflecting on the house, the transcription necessarily works around those core of persistence, which must be recognized and internalized so that we can consciously keep on a path already traced. Some of these cores are common to all the projects of the houses that we put beside this text: they can easily be related to that recomposition dialectic that has always been a fundamental and recurrent attitude in the sicilian architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture mediterranee dell’abitare – Mediterranean Housing Cultures
Pages104-109
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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NameABITARE IL FUTURO

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