The formal and syntactic ideas that support an architectural project can programmatically insert it into a system of relations with preceding projects – the precedents – which become ideal interlocutors in a fruitful discourse among different periods and areas of research.
The formal analysis of architectural works – i.e. in the developments that in English-speaking countries are based on the studies by Rudolf Wittkower and Colin Rowe to the most recent “Close Reading” by Peter Eisenman – performs a crucial role in composing this dialogue among architectural works through drawing. These readings are an anticipatory activity for designing new works as a continuous opportunity for the critique and study of architectural ideas.
The exhibition Close Reading, conceived by Lorenzo Degli Esposti and hosted by the Tulpenmanie Gallery in Milan, shows a selection of recent results of formal analysis of masterpieces from Renaissance to contemporary architecture, offering a comparison between Italian, British, and American research, through over 200 drawings.
A special thanks to Benno Albrecht (Professore ordinario, Università IUAV), Volkan Alkanoglu (Lecturer in Architecture, Harvard University GSD), Lee Altman (Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP), Roberto Bottazzi (Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster), Jeffry Burchard (Design Critic in Architecture, Harvard University GSD), Renato Capozzi (Professore associato, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), Antonella Contin (Ricercatore, Politecnico di Milano), Ernesto d'Alfonso (già professore ordinario Politecnico di Milano), Armando Dal Fabbro (Professore associato, Università IUAV), Giovanni Durbiano (Professore ordinario, Politecnico di Torino), Peter Eisenman (Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice, Yale School of Architecture), Ezio Francesco Grisanti (professore, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera), Andrew Holder (Assistant Professor, Harvard University GSD), Daniel Köhler (Teaching Fellow Research Cluster 8, The Bartlett School of Architecture – UCL), Kyle Miller (Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Architecture), Giancarlo Motta (già professore ordinario, Politecnico di Torino), Raffaella Neri (Professore associato, Politecnico di Milano), Riccardo Palma (Professore associato, Politecnico di Torino), Renato Partenope (Professore associato, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza), Franco Purini (Accademico di San Luca, già professore ordinario, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza), Andrew Saunders (Associate Professor, PennDesign University of Pennsylvania), Luciano Semerani (Accademico di San Luca, già professore ordinario Università IUAV), David Grahame Shane (Adjunct Professor, Columbia GSAPP), David Smiley (Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP), Michael Young (Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University School of Architecture), Daniele Vitale (già professore ordinario, Politecnico di Milano), Guido Zuliani (Proportional-time Faculty Professor, The Cooper Union School of Architecture), to DEEPmilano2013 and DEEPbrera2016 teaching staff and to all participating authors.
CLOSE READING. Formal Analysis in Architecture
An exhibition conceived by Lorenzo Degli Esposti
Galleria Tulpenmanie, Via Mauro Macchi 6, 20124 Milano
Opening: Monday April 3, 2017, from 6.00 p.m.
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April 4-30, 2017
Monday-Friday 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. / 3.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
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