MUSAC. Museo di Storia dell’Architettura e della Costruzione nel Mediterraneo. Palazzo La Rocca

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Abstract

The renewed interest in the history of constructionthat has pervaded European studies in recent decadeshas contributed to shaking the insecure edificeof the history of architecture. The increasingly widespreadintolerance for stylistic labels, whether basedon inclusion or exclusion or on interpretations thatare either too broad or too circumscribed, has ledmany scholars to rid themselves of, or at least shyaway from, certain burdensome legacies. Lookingat Sicily’s monuments from a different perspective—not radically new or isolated, yet minoritarianand often set aside to adapt to more familiar historiographicprocesses—and investigating structuresand construction methods is not only a contributionto the more general process of knowledge. Thisdifferent point of view, at times similar to literaryprocesses of “straniamento”, reveals another Sicily,helps to understand the links between architectureand science, and traces a network of relations atEuropean and Mediterranean levels that consolidatesa sense of belonging.The Cosmed (From stereotomy to antiseismic criteria:crossroads of experimental design. Sicily andthe Mediterranean, XII-XVIII century - Seventh FrameworkProgramme “Ideas” Specific programmeEuropean Research Council - Grant agreement forAdvanced Grant) research project has studied themultiple links that the history of architecture andconstruction in Sicily cherishes. The position at thecenter of the Mediterranean, and historical, political,social and physical phenomena (suffice it tomention earthquakes) have shaped a “plural” entity that allows Sicily and historical architecture in Sicilyto afford fields of inquiry that are surprising for itsmany twists and turns and for the ramification ofthe models. Rather than the unfolding of an orderlysequence of ‘styles’ or of a national and regionalnarrative, steeped in rhetorical identities, the island(like other parts of Southern Italy) reveals processesof reception and integration that trace out othertypes of development and belonging. Cosmed hasmade it possible to broaden our view toward a vasthorizon that embraces different parts and shores ofthe Mare Nostrum. The groundwork started with theLithos project (Project for the creation of an internationalresearch centre for stereotomy and forthe study, conservation and experimentation ofsustainable building techniques. Cross-Border CooperationProgramme. Italia-Malta 2007-2013. EuropeanRegional Development Fund) was thereforeconsolidated and now allows, with a larger body ofmodels and documents and with more exhibitionspace at Palazzo La Rocca in Ragusa Ibla, to laythe foundations for the birth of a museum complexdedicated to the history of architecture and construction.Named with the acronym MUSAC (Historyof Architecture and Construction in the MediterraneanMuseum), it aims to be a place of visits, research,and study that will allow building broader and strongerties between specialist research, dissemination,academia, public cultural curators, and Sicily.
Lingua originaleEnglish
EditoreEdizioni Caracol
Numero di pagine55
ISBN (stampa)978-88-98546-55-8
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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