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After Reading - Course Brief

SS15 PROJECT_POSTED_BY Attilio Terragni     April 1, 2015    




After Reading 
Prof. Attilio Terragni


Read what is not written in what is written


The icon imagine of the course is the one of memorial I built in Padua, a Book of light and memories, steel structure and pages in aluminium and glass.

It represents the Book of architecture, the Book, with a capital B, as the word of French poet Mallarme. During the elective course we will try to build it through the reading of architectural treatises, text and essays.

How everyone could build his or her own Book of architecture?

Architecture seems to need a very particular Book with many faces, two of which would look towards into the obscurity, the aluminium page, the other sparkling with certainty, the glass page. We first see the necessary order of this Book, a book that is architectural and premeditated, and not a collection of inspirations, even marvellous.

The future of any architectural project is announced from this operation of the Book, which will, be anything but its own holding back to discovery the very centre of the Book, of its regulated and regulating form.

The solid and transparent pages of the Book of architecture are composed with numerous books, multiplied in itself by a movement unique to it; in which diversity, in accordance with the various depth and space it develops, is necessary perfected. Is a Book of pure relationships, is a Book without author, something made, being, impersonal, where one occurs without the others, because their relationship could never been elucidated but in our present imagination. A Book is a building that we cannot hold it in our hand.

The Book of architecture has never been and will never be a science. However is a knowledge: a knowledge that inhabits the same city of architecture, music, philosophy and poetry, as an autonomous territory of being and of his knowledge of himself, of which establishing the presence within the space of the architecture that surrounds it.

It is possible to forget everything that one has learned and seen, but the knowledge of a book does not fall into oblivion until its physical destruction. At any time it takes away from the state drowsiness in which inevitably everybody fall during our days repetitive.

His musical polyphony is the light of a particular story that is fixed with its colours, lines and light on paper. From here, the strength and vitality of a book expand in the size of the pure, white and spherical dome of pure reason of each person.

Paul Valery said... “ Nothing is more beautiful than what does not exist”. And the Book of architecture is to excellence the Book of non-being, knowable as a world of no presence, from Plato down to us (the not to be with the precision of being).

The book should not be browsed like an architecture theory, but perceived as a single page of all pages overlay each other, not moving like the movies, but be as a "Magical cut out of light."

Historians build a robe of words around the space of Architecture, the space of a person or of an event, a strong and no delicate mantle always descriptive the hierarchical of what happens and not the flatness what does not happen.

We live wandering in a condition of millions of books that has been created an Invisible virtual Cities around us. Lets build the Book of architecture in front of us; make this city visible in our daily routine. to see internal and external morphology of something that has been always with us: then we could walk in that one city that seemed so familiar and measurable, to evolve the sphericity of our person in a walking simultaneously on the highways of the written world and the virtual.


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